APIA, Samoa — Pacific island states are pushing hard to restart quarantine-free travel and boost their battered economies, as cautious optimism about controlling COVID-19 spreads through the region.
Countries across Asia and worldwide are hammering out a combination of bilateral and multilateral arrangements to get passengers flying again. But the stakes are especially high for tiny islands that depend on tourism for 20% to 90% of their economies. With the Southern Hemisphere’s peak season approaching, furious lobbying and policy experimentation are in full force.
French Polynesia, home to postcard-perfect Bora Bora and Tahiti, is poised to become the first in