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Arrival

Fiji's principal gateway is the international airport located at Nadi, (pronounced Nandi). The other international airport is at Nausori, near Suva. For most countries, entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of up to 4 months so long as you have a valid passport for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel. Nationals of other countries require prearranged visas, which can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission in their respective country. Contact the nearest Fiji High Commission for detailed information. Visas may be extended on application to the Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka or Nadi. It is necessary to have an onward or return ticket and sufficient funds. Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $30.00 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in. Children under 12 are exempt.

Fiji is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Tourists are required to obtain an export permit and CITES certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests to enable them to take the following aquatic products out of the country: coral of any species, turtle shells of any species, shell of any species of giant clams, whales tooth.

Climate

The tropical climate of Fiji ensures pleasant conditions throughout the year. However, the best months are from March through to November when effects of the trade winds are most apparent. Temperatures are normally between 26C to 31C year round. The wet season is from November to April and is characterised by heavy, brief local showers. Cyclones are mostly confined to the period November to April, with greatest frequency in January and February.

Currency

The Fijian dollar has denominations between 1 cent and $50. Anything below $2 is a coin. $2 and above is a note. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported. ATM machines are available in most major centres. International cards are welcomed by most businesses catering to tourists.

Time

UTC / GMT (+12 hours) Fiji does not observe daylight savings time.

Business Hours

Office hours are normally from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with an hour lunch usually between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Most stores, food markets and handicraft shops are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and until 1:00 pm on Saturday. Sunday is a day of rest. Bargaining is quite acceptable among shopkeepers and stallholders, but not in major department stores, grocery stores, hotels or resorts where prices are set.Normal banking hours are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4:00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on public holidays.

Communication

Most hotels have direct dialling facilities. Check with the operator for long distance and international charges, which may also be found in the telephone directory. Please note that the international country IDD code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes within the country. If you have arranged roaming with your mobile service provider before leaving home, Fiji's Vodafone will give you excellent coverage in most locations in Fiji. Mobile phone rentals are available through Vodafone located at Nadi International Airport.

Electricity

240 Volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are the three-pin type found in Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters. Many island resorts generate their own electricity.

Language

Everybody in Fiji speaks English. Fijian and Hindi are spoken among the ethnic groups.

Dress Code

Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring a light tropical clothing including slacks for evenings. The wraparound "sulu" (sarong) is Fiji's most distinctive form of dress for women and men. Businessmen and government employees will often be seen wearing a suit-style "sulu".

Transport

A tourist in Fiji may drive if in possession of a valid driving license for the same class of vehicle. The maximum speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h (30 mph) and on the highways it is 80 km/h (50 mph). Driving is on the left side of the road. Rental cars are available at international airports and major resorts, and are easily arranged from all hotels. There is good highway from Rakiraki on the north-eastern tip of Viti Levu to Suva, via Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi and the Coral Coast. Work now in progress will complete major sections of the highway from Rakiraki to Suva via Korovou, allowing for an easy (and spectacular) circumnavigation of the island. Rental cars are also available in Vanua Levu and some outer islands by arrangement.


There is regular ferry service scheduled between the major islands. While Fiji has many luxury cruise ships, inter-island vessels carry freight as well as passengers. Deck passage is the usual way to go, with a few cabins available on some of the ships on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are numerous modern, air-conditioned coaches serving resorts and major towns. Many visitors prefer the adventure of using the local open-windowed buses so they can take in the sights and sounds. Canvas flaps are unfurled in the event of a rain shower. Every town and village has a bus stop, since this is still the most common form of transportation in the islands. You can hail a public bus from the roadside by waving to the driver. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable. For long trips, bargain with the driver. Often he'll reduce the fare if you allow him to pick up other passengers going the same way. Some taxis can also be hired by the day or half day for a fixed price, often the equivalent of a rental car.

Health Facilities

Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended. Choose a policy also that suits your needs. Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical diseases that are endemic to most tropical countries. There is an effective medical system in place although local people still believe in the efficacy of age-old herbal remedies. Most pharmacies are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Emergency

  • Dial 911 in all main towns and cities for emergency fire, police or ambulance calls.

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