In response to positive momentum in Fiji towards elections by September 2014, the New Zealand Government has lifted the remaining travel sanctions against Fiji.
What does this mean?
The travel sanctions which applied to named individuals and classes of people (for instance, immediate family of members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces) have been lifted.
“The progress that Fiji is making towards holding free and fair deserves recognition from the Pacific region and international community,” says New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister Murray McCully.
Applicants no longer have to complete the supplementary form for Fiji nationals.
What else will happen?
The suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Access Category has been lifted. However, Fiji nationals will not be able to take part until 2015, as the 2014 scheme has already opened.