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Exercise normal safety precautions in Fiji.
Crime in Fiji includes robbery, theft, violent assault, sexual assault and home invasions. Most crime is opportunistic. The highest risk is in urban areas and at night. Be careful in downtown Suva after dark.
Credit card fraud and ATM card skimming occur. Protect your PIN and be alert when using ATMs. Check your card and bank statements often for fraud.
Avoid protests, street rallies and military activity areas. Protests can turn violent. Officials sometimes set up checkpoints and close roads. Follow their advice.
November to April is cyclone season, but cyclones may occur at other times. They can cause flooding and disrupt essential services. Know your accommodation’s evacuation plan. If a cyclone is approaching, find your nearest shelter and follow official advice.
Flooding is common, especially in downtown Nadi and on the Coral Coast. Floods can cut off road access, including to the airport. Follow official advice.
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Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical evacuation, especially if you're going on a cruise. Some Australians have had to evacuate from cruise ships to Lautoka and Suva for medical care.
Medical care standards in Fiji aren't as high as in Australia. Medical facilities often lack services, equipment and drugs. You may have to pay up-front. If you're seriously ill or injured, you’ll need medical evacuation to Australia.
There's an outbreak of measles in Fiji. Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date before you go.
Mosquito-borne illnesses (including dengue fever and Zika) are common. Protect yourself against mosquito bites.
Fiji has only one hyperbaric (decompression) chamber, located in Suva. It's undergoing long-term maintenance, so it may not be available. If you're diving, stay well within safety limits.
Be careful if you're consuming kava. It can be dangerous if it reacts with alcohol or prescription medication, including antidepressants.
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Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties include prison sentences, even for possessing small amounts of drugs.
Fiji recognises dual nationality. Always travel on your Australian passport. If you're a dual national and you are arrested or detained, ask to contact the Australian High Commission.
Outside of tourist areas, Fiji's dress standards are conservative. Take care not to offend.
Same-sex relationships are legal, but some locals don't accept them. Consider limiting public displays of affection, especially in rural areas.
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If you're a tourist staying less than 4 months, you’ll get a tourist visa on arrival. Carry proof of your accommodation booking and your return ticket. You may need a visa if you're travelling for other reasons. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate of Fiji for up-to-date details.
There are strict customs regulations on importing food, weapons and sexually explicit material. Contact the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority for details.
The local currency in Fiji is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). You can easily exchange Australian dollars at Nadi airport and local banks.
ATMs are readily available at Nadi airport and shopping centres in Nadi, Suva and other larger towns.
Always carry your driver's licence. You'll need an International Driving Permit to rent a vehicle. Get your IDP before you travel.
Taxi and minibus quality varies. Use only licensed taxis and minibuses, which have yellow registration plates. Unlicensed minibuses may not have insurance.
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Crime that occurs in Fiji includes:
Most crime is opportunistic.
You're most at risk in urban areas and at night. Expats and tourists have been victims.
Be careful in downtown Suva at night. Be aware of your surroundings.
Credit card fraud and use of skimming devices occurs.
To reduce your risk of becoming a victim:
protect your PIN and be alert when using ATMs
check through your credit card and bank statements for fraud
don't carry excess cash
keep car windows up and doors locked, even when moving
Avoid demonstrations, street rallies and military activity areas.
Local authorities sometimes erect checkpoints and close roads. Follow their advice.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Severe weather may affect regional sea ports.
In the event of severe weather or a natural disaster:
always carry your passport in a waterproof bag
keep in touch with family and friends
check the media and other local sources for information
follow the advice of local authorities
know and follow your hotel or cruise ship evacuation plan
For details of weather conditions, including cyclones, check Fiji Meteorological Service.
November to April is cyclone season, but cyclones may occur at other times.
A tropical cyclone's direction and strength can change quickly.
During and after a cyclone:
adequate shelter may not be available
flights from and to affected areas can be delayed or suspended
available flights may fill quickly
If a cyclone is approaching find your local shelter — in some areas, it may be hard to find a sturdy shelter.
For cyclone updates, check:
Flooding is common in Fiji, especially in downtown Nadi and on the Coral Coast.
Flooding and landslides can disrupt infrastructure and essential services.
Floods can cut off road access, including access to the airport.
Earthquakes and tsunamis both happen in Fiji.
Be alert to warnings. A tsunami can happen within minutes of a nearby tremor or earthquake.
If authorities issue a tsunami warning (by siren and/or news annoucements), check with your accommodation provider about evacuation plans.
Move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:
feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
hear loud and unusual noises from the sea
Don't wait for official warnings. Once on high ground, monitor local media and follow local authorities' advice.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
what activities and care your policy covers
that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away
In recent years, a number of Australians have had to evacuate from cruise ships to Lautoka and Suva for medical care.
Often, this is due to pre-existing medical conditions.
Declare any pre-existing conditions to your insurer.
Remember to extend your insurance if you extend your trip.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
have a basic health check-up
ask if your travel plans may affect your health
plan any vaccinations you need
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Fiji. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Always carry your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
what the medication is
how much you'll take
that it's for personal use only
Authorities may arrest you or confiscate restricted medication if you don't have the right documents.
Medical care standards in Fiji aren't as high as in Australia.
Public hospitals and medical facilities often lack:
specialist equipment, including neonatal
Many regional hospitals provide only basic care.
Rescue and emergency services aren't as wide-ranging as they are in Australia.
In medical emergencies, hotels and resorts use public health facilities.
Before they admit patients, hospitals usually need:
a payment guarantee
confirmed medical insurance
an up-front deposit
If you become seriously ill or have an accident, you may need to be evacuated to Australia. Medical evacuation can be very expensive. Ensure your travel insurance covers this.
Fiji's only hyperbaric (decompression) chamber is at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. It's undergoing long-term maintenance, so may not be available.
Dive well within safety limits.
Make sure your travel and health insurance covers you for diving-related costs.
There is an outbreak of measles in Fiji. Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date before you go.
Fiji experienced an outbreak of meningococcal disease in 2018.
Meningococcal disease can often be fatal.
Get vaccinated before you travel.
If you notice a high fever, sensitivity to light or nausea, get medical treatment straight away.
Kava, a traditional Pacific region drink, can be a health risk.
It can be dangerous if it reacts with:
prescription medication, including antidepressants
If you're pregnant, discuss your travel plans with your doctor and avoid affected areas.
Monitor local news for health updates.
To protect yourself from disease:
make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
use insect repellent
wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
Get medical help if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.
Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common. These include:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself against illness:
drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
avoid ice cubes
avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Understand local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Court proceedings can be drawn out. The Australian Government can't influence the time this takes.
The police and military have detention, arrest and search powers.
You can go to jail for possession of any quantity of illegal drugs.
You can be arrested for being drunk and disorderly. You can be fined and detained if you cause damage to property or assault police officers.
It's illegal to be under the influence of alcohol while you're at an airport or on a plane.
If you're intoxicated, police may detain you as you arrive.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Outside of tourist areas, the dress code in Fiji is conservative. Dress respectfully when visiting villages.
Same-sex relationships are legal, but some locals have conservative attitudes towards them. Open displays of affection could offend locals, particularly in rural areas.
Take care not to offend.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
You don't need a tourist visa for Fiji. If your stay is less than 4 months, authorities will issue a visa when you arrive.
To get a visa on arrival, you must show proof of booked accommodation and a return ticket.
You may need a visa if you travel for other reasons.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Fiji for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Strict customs rules apply for importing items, such as:
sexually explicit material
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The local currency is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). ATMs are common in urban areas and large resorts. Carry cash when you travel to villages or remote areas. Local banks and ATMs will charge fees for cash withdrawals.
Not all retail outlets will accept credit cards. Those that do will charge a fee between 2 - 5%.
You can easily exchange Australian dollars for FJD.
You must declare:
amounts of more than FJD5000 (or equivalent) when you arrive in Fiji
amounts of more than FJD10,000 (or equivalent) when you leave
This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
Severe weather can affect tourist services, including roads and flights in and out of Fiji.
Transport and tour operators may not follow safety precautions. They may also not maintain their equipment to the standards you'd expect.
This includes operators of:
adventure activities such as diving
boats in rivers, coastal waters and between islands
Sometimes boats, rafts and kayaks don't have enough life jackets.
If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity:
check that your insurance policy covers the activity
before booking, check the operator's safety history and their safety equipment
use only well-known and registered operators
ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
always use the safety equipment, even if others don't
If you aren't given safety gear, or it's not in usable condition, use another provider.
Always carry your Australian driver's licence.
You can hire vehicles and drive in Fiji using your Australian driver's licence for the first six months after your arrival. After that, you will need to apply for a Fijian driver's licence at a local Land Transport Authority office.
If you want to ride a motorbike, check if your licence covers you for this. Driving without the correct licence can void your insurance.
If you want to drive a boat, check if your licence covers you for this.
If you drive in Fiji, take care. Driving is most risky at night due to:
poor street lighting
poor road quality
Taxi quality varies.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) licenses taxis.
Only use licensed taxis, which have yellow registration plates.
The LTA licenses some, but not all, minibuses. Unlicensed minibuses may not have insurance.
Only use those with yellow number plates that have been LTA-approved.
Before boarding any boat or ship, check the operator's credentials and safety equipment.
Make sure your insurance policy covers you for sea travel.
Don't travel on a sea vessel that is over capacity.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Fiji's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
family and friends
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
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Phone: (+679) 338 2211
Fax: (+679) 338 2065
Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact the Australian High Commission, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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1300 555 135 in Australia
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