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Made up of 333 islands, the small tropical Pacific nation draws snorkelers, scuba divers and beach lovers. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.


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Covid-19 – what you need to know

Mask wearing is mandatory in all indoor public venues, on public transport and in crowded public settings like markets, shopping malls and bus stands. Monitor the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website and Facebook page for information and updates.

The Fiji government has created a list of “Travel Partner” countries, which includes the UK, USA and Australia. Travelers must have stayed in a Travel Partner country for at least 10 days prior to coming to Fiji.

You can find out more from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Transport.

Travelers aged 12 and above must have a negative PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to the day of departure. Those who have previously tested positive to COVID-19 within 90 days of travel to Fiji, must show proof of the isolation period served at a credible institution or produce a fit-to-fly certificate from a medical practitioner. If outside the 90 days, a negative result applies for a PCR test.​

All travelers must have proof of full vaccination, unless under the age of 18 who will be exempt if they are accompanied by a vaccinated parent or guardian. There is a 14-day waiting period following full vaccination before entry is allowed.

Travelers must show proof of a minimum of 3 nights of pre-paid accommodation at a Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) certified property (hotel/resort) which must also include CFC certified transport from the airport.

Travelers (foreign nationals traveling for holiday purposes) must have medical travel insurance, with international coverage that covers COVID-19.

Climate, weather and natural disasters

Fiji experiences cyclones (usually between November and April), and resulting flooding and landslides, potentially cutting power, disrupting flights and boats, and blocking roads.

In the event of a cyclone always follow evacuation plans at your accommodation and listen to any government advice regarding use of shelters and other information.

Earthquakes and tsunamis can also occur, the latter often happening because of the former.  If a tsunami warning is given, move to higher ground immediately. If you are caught up in a serious event, contact family and friends to let them know where you are, listen to local media for information, follow government advice, and carry your passport and other valuable papers in a waterproof bag.

Driving and getting around

Fiji’s road system can be a bit unreliable with some roads in poor condition, and often lacking in signage and street lighting. Pedestrian crossings may not exist and animals often use the road, too. Stick to main roads, avoid driving at night, and always carry your driver’s license.

As well as hire cars, taxis are available – always use licensed operators – and there are licensed minibusses with yellow number plates.

If traveling by boat between islands, make sure it is a licensed operator and that there is well-maintained safety equipment on board. Never travel on an overloaded vessel.

Water sports in Fiji

This island nation offers a huge number of activities to be enjoyed off its sandy shores. It’s important, however, to be aware of rips and tides and to follow any warning signs on beaches.

Only scuba dive with an accredited operator with well-maintained equipment and proper training. Dive within safe limits and follow all instructions. Fiji only has one decompression chamber, and it is not always available.

Crime in Fiji

Crime in Fiji is usually petty and opportunistic, usually committed at night and in urban tourist areas.

Credit card fraud and card skimming are not uncommon. Protect your PIN and use ATMs in banks or hotels. Check your card statement for signs of fraud. Only carry the cash you need for a night out, keep car windows up and car doors locked.

Staying healthy in Fiji

In a medical emergency, hospitals usually need to see evidence of medical insurance, and an up-front deposit.

Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled or treated. Don’t use ice cubes, and only eat food you know has been freshly prepared.

Zika and dengue fever are present in Fiji – avoid these and other mosquito-borne illnesses by wearing long, loose clothing and using insect repellent.

Drugs and alcohol in Fiji

Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties include prison sentences, even for possessing small amounts of 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.

Kava, a traditional Pacific region drink, can be a health risk.

It can be dangerous if it reacts with alcohol, prescription medication, including antidepressants

If you're intoxicated, police may detain you as you arrive.

LGBTQ+ and women’s safety in Fiji

Same-sex relationships are legal, but some locals don't accept them. Consider limiting public displays of affection, especially in rural areas.

Fiji is generally a safe place for women travelers. If you’re traveling alone, you may attract stares or whistles, but most Fijian men are friendly and helpful. Always be cautious traveling to remote places alone.

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1 Comment

  • Lts said

    Watch out for "friendly Fijian men" in Suva who come up to you and present you with a gift, like a touristy traditional Fijian wooden sword. Once you accept they will demand you pay for the gift and may be aggressive until you pay them something.

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