Kiritimati Island reopens after three years in lockdown.
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Kiribati’s Kiritimati Island reopens its borders today after being shut down for three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tourism Authority of Kiribati announced.
Fiji Airways today resumes its weekly service to the world-class fly-fishing destination also known as Christmas Island.
Following months of rigorous airport facility and airline compliance checks and clearance by the Civil Aviation Authority of Kiribati and Fiji Airways, Kiritimati will welcome travelers through Fiji Airways services from Nadi, Fiji and Honolulu, TAK said. Fiji Airways will operate weekly services from these routes.
"Tourism operators on the island have endured hardships for over three years since Covid-19 forced the closure of the island’s international border and the reopening is envisaged to be a welcome relief for the mainly privately and community-owned tourism business operators," TAK said.
"Fly-fishing enthusiasts who have been patient and have supported Kiritimati Island throughout its 3 years of closure can expect world-class experiences when they return to the island’s well-preserved fishing flats this week," tourism officials said.
While Kiribati's borders have reopened, some Covid protocols remain in place.
"Travelers are required to present their vaccination certificate (double vax) upon check-in," TAK said. "Covid-19 checks are no longer required upon arrival. However, persons displaying Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms upon arrival are required to visit the local health center for a medical check."