Fiji

Fiji

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The Republic of the Fiji Islands is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand, and includes about 332 islands of which only 100 are inhabited. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1970. The population of Fiji is about 880,000 people.

The government of Fiji is a parliamentary republic with a president as chief of state and a prime minister as head of government. The government was overthrown in a military coup in 2006, and a military junta has been in power since that time.

Fiji's economy is one of the most developed in the Pacific with sugar processing, as well as fish, mineral, and forest resources. Tourism is an important sector of the economy, and Fiji is known for the natural beauty of beaches, clear water, coral reefs and for its diving and snorkeling.

Currency FJD: Fijian dollar
Language Fijian and English
Capital Suva
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert November 08, 2019 - US Expatriate Assaulted and Robbed in Suva, Fiji

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Fiji. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Fiji through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Fiji.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in Fiji. The risk is higher when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Dengue Fever

Dengue fever outbreaks have occurred in Fiji.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Ciguatera poisoning occurs sporadically in Fiji.

Yellow Fever

Travellers are not at risk for yellow fever for this country. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies

The rabies virus may be found in bats in Fiji.

Zika Fever

There is transmission of the Zika virus in this county.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis occurs in this country. Travellers to this country are at risk for tuberculosis if visiting sick friends or family, working in the health care field, or having close prolonged contact with the general population.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Fiji.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country. Therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country. Therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities, rural areas, or staying with friends and family.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies Vaccine

Those travellers whose activities may bring them into direct contact with bats are at higher risk and should consider the vaccination against rabies.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Fiji.

None required.

Safety and Security in Fiji

Emergency Numbers

911
917

Personal Safety

Crime rates are low in Fiji, and most travellers have no safety or security problems. Petty crime is common. Keep valuables secure and out of sight. Ensure that personal belongings and travel documents are secure at all times. Be wary when withdrawing money from automated banking machines. Avoid walking alone after dark, and avoid isolated areas. Women travelling alone should exercise caution as there have been reports of sexual assaults against foreign nationals.

At this time, there is no hyperbaric (decompression) chamber in Fiji. The only decompression chamber is not operational at this time. If you plan to dive, do so well within safety limits. Have travel and health insurance that would cover any costs associated with diving and medical evacuation.

Exercise caution when driving as road conditions may be poor, especially in rural areas. Roads may not be well maintained and may not be well marked or lit. Animals wandering onto roadways may also pose a risk. Drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Yellow plates on taxis and minibuses denote vehicle registration and compliance with transportation regulations. Only use ferries associated with a travel company.

Exercise extreme caution when participating in outdoor adventure activities as safety standards may not be adequate. Also exercise caution when swimming as currents may be strong and unpredictable.

LGBTI travellers should note that although same-sex sexual activity is legal in Fiji, same-sex marriage is not and social discrimination against LGBTI people is common.

Due to the conservative nature of the country, dress and behave conservatively outside tourist locations.

Tropical cyclones and monsoons occur in Fiji between November-April. Flooding, landslides, major damage to infrastructure and disruption to travel plans may result. Be aware of the evacuation routes. Move inland during these natural disasters, in accordance with the region’s evacuation plan. Monitor weather updates closely.

Due to its location in an active seismic zone, Fiji is at risk for earthquakes and tsunamis.

Political Unrest

As in any country, avoid public demonstrations or protests since these situations can escalate unexpectedly.

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