Hon Julie Bishop MP
The Australian Government has today lifted all travel restrictions on Fiji. This includes restrictions applying to the Prime Minister, ministers, military personnel and their family members, government appointees and the judiciary. This decision follows a review of Australia’s travel sanctions, announced during my visit to Fiji on 14-15 February. The travel sanctions have been in place since December 2006.
This decision is in line with the Australian Government’s policy of re-engagement and normalisation of bilateral relations with Fiji. It follows the significant progress Fiji has made towards holding elections by September, as recognised by the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group – of which I am a member – during our visit to Fiji in February.
Australia welcomes the opportunity to support Fiji’s return to democracy within the Pacific family. We are confident that lifting travel restrictions will lay a framework for closer dialogue and cooperation with Fiji on bilateral and regional issues.
Australia will work with the Government of Fiji and other donors to support Fiji’s 17 September election preparations.
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Hon Julie Bishop MP