On 3 February, the Government of Fiji toughened border security. Borders were closed to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji. Measures to maintain a hygienic environment and screening ill passengers will continue to be taken in-flight to further minimise any risk.
On 27 February, Fiji extended its travel ban and announced that travellers from Italy, Iran and the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo would be denied entry. From 28 February, all cruise ships entering Fiji have been required to make first berths at ports in Suva and Lautoka, where passengers undergo medical and travel history checks.
On 15 March, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama had announced that from 16 March cruise ships will be banned from berthing anywhere in Fiji and international events will not be allowed in Fiji. Government ministers and staff will be restricted from travelling overseas.
On 19 March, Fiji confirmed its first case, a 27 year old Fijian citizen who is a flight attendant of Fiji Airways. He had arrived from San Francisco returning via Nadi on 16 March. On 17 March, he had travelled from Nadi to Auckland and a return from Auckland to Nadi on the same day. He was admitted to Lautoka Hospital. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a further extension of the ban to foreign nationals who have been present in the United States, as well as all of Europe including the United Kingdom. Also all travellers arriving in or returning to Fiji from outside of the country must self-isolate for 14 days.
On 20 March, all schools and non-essential businesses in Lautoka had been closed at midnight, however banks, supermarkets, pharmacies and essential businesses remained open. The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar in consultation with the Prime Minister announced that the national term one school holidays that was initially scheduled from 20 April to 1 May will be brought forward to 23 March to 3 April. Fiji Airways had suspended all international flights until the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi. The government had established two fever clinics in Lautoka.
On 21 March, Fiji confirmed its second case, it was the first local transmission case through household contact. She is the mother of the first patient and is admitted in Nadi Hospital. Other family members are in quarantine and being monitored.
On 23 March, Fiji confirmed its third case, a one-year-old nephew of the first patient. The government established eight fever clinics around the country with six clinics running in Nasinu, Labasa, Savusavu, and Nabouwalu.Two others have been running in Lautoka since 20 March.
On 24 March, Fiji confirmed its fourth case, a 28-year-old Fijian citizen, who had returned from Sydney over the weekend and is not related to the first three cases. He and his immediate family members are in quarantine and being monitored at the Navua Hospital. Fiji Airways had suspended all Singapore and Hong Kong flights after the two countries introduced its border restrictions.
On 25 March, Fiji confirmed its fifth case, a 31-year-old Fijian citizen from Lautoka. She was in contact with the first case, the flight attendant. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama had announced that Nadi International Airport will shut down from 26 March and all local shipping services will cease from 29 March.
On 27 March, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that would take effect on 30 March.
On 30 March, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar announced that the school holidays will be extended for another two weeks until 17 April.
On 1 April, Minister for Heath and Medical Services Ifereimi Waqainabete announced that the Lautoka lock down will be extended till Tuesday to ensure that no COVID-19 cases left undetected.
On 2 April, Fiji confirmed two cases, a Fijian couple from Suva. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama stated that the sixth case is a 21-year-old woman and the seventh case is her 33-year-old husband. They are in isolation at Navua Hospital. Due to this, the Prime Minister announced that Suva will be going into a lockdown effective from 3 April at 5 a.m. Also, the government renewed the national curfew where it will start from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
A surge of panic shoppers were seen shopping in supermarkets in Lautoka, Suva and Labasa.
The Ministry of Education cancelled the Coca-Cola Games.