Fiji Travel Tips

Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands scattered across 200,000 square miles of ocean and home to more than 700,000 friendly people.

CUSTOMS

  • A current passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry is required to enter Fiji. Visas are not required if you are a US citizen. You must, however, possess an onward ticket out of the country. Permits are granted at the airport on arrival for a stay of one month and may be extended for up to six months.
  • Fiji is a healthy country free from most tropical diseases. Inoculations will not be required unless a traveler is entering from a designated infected area.

When entering Fiji, you can bring the following into the country duty free:

  • 500 cigarettes, or 500 grams of tobacco, or 500 grams of cigars, or a combination of the three but not to exceed 500 grams total
  • 2 liters of liquor and 4 liters of wine or beer
  • 4 oz. of perfume for personal use
  • Up to FJD $400 per passenger of any duty assessed goods

Controlled substances, indecent or obscene publications, firearms and weapons are prohibited imports. Plants, vegetable matter, meat and dairy products are prohibited.

  • All passengers 16 years and over leaving Fiji pay a departure tax of Fijian $30.00. Tickets issued in the USA will normally have the Fijian departure tax included.
  • Most international and domestic airlines have luggage allowance limits so please do check with your airline prior to traveling to avoid excess baggage charges and complications.

MONEY

  • Fiji is serviced by major commercial banks: ANZ Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of New Zealand, National Bank of Fiji and Westpac Banking Corporation. Note: National Bank of Fiji is the only bank in Taveuni. Normal banking hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with late closing on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Bank of New Zealand operates a 24-hour service at Nadi International Airport. Legal tender is the Fijian dollar.
  • Most major credit cards are accepted in Fiji. Hotels, restaurants, shops and other outlets normally accept American Express, Visa and Master Card.
  • Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji but you can give a gratuity for excellent service.

TIME ZONE/BUSINESS HOURS

  • Fiji time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • Customary office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with an hour lunch usually between 1:00  and 2:00 p.m.

SHOPPING

  • Most stores, food markets and handicraft shops are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is no trading on Sunday.
  • Bargaining is quite acceptable among shopkeepers and stallholders, however, not in major department stores, grocery stores, hotels or resorts where prices are set.
  • A trip to one of the many open food markets can be quite fun. In these cosmopolitan meeting places you can bargain for fresh local fruits, vegetables and seafood. Markets are located in Nadi, Suva, Sigatoka and Lautoka.

RESTAURANTS

  • Fiji’s multi-cultural population is mirrored in its cuisine. Fijian cooking draws heavily on seafood often cooked in lolo (coconut cream), pork, chicken and root crops. Indian influence comes in exotic curries served with a variety of condiments. Chinese food is enjoyed by all Fiji communities. Licensed restaurants, clubs and hotels throughout Fiji offer a wide range of food, liquor and wines.

NIGHTLIFE

  • Fiji’s larger towns and cities have cinemas and nightclubs. Special dances are usually held on weekends.

EVENTS

  • There are eight public holidays in Fiji each year: New Year’s Day; Easter Monday; the Queen’s Birthday in June; a Bank Holiday and the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday in August; Fiji Independence Day in October; Christmas and Boxing Day in December.
  • There are several festivals held each year in Fiji: The Bula Festival takes place in Nadi in July; The Sugar Festival is held in Lautoka in September; The Hibiscus Festival is Fiji’s biggest carnival. The week long event is usually held during the month of November in Suva; The Diwali Festival or Hindu Festival of Lights takes place in November and is enjoyed by everyone in Fiji.

TRANSPORTATION

  • A current driver’s license from your country of residence or an international driving permit is all that is needed to drive in Fiji. Fiji drives on the left side of the road. City speed limit is 30mph (50km/h) and the open highway is 50mph (80km/h)
  • Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and locally-owned rental car companies are represented at hotels, Nadi International Airport, Suva, Lautoka and other centers. We recommend you purchase accident insurance offered with rental cars
  • Taxis are plentiful. All are metered and run at F$0.30 flag charge plus F$0.40 per kilometer. For longer trips a price should be agreed upon beforehand. Published rates apply between airports and most hotels
  • Travel is cheap and enjoyable aboard open-air buses on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau
  • Ferries operate from Viti Levu to many of the outer islands

ELECTRICITY/LAUNDRY

  • Throughout Fiji the electrical current is 240 volts/50 cycles
  • Most hotels have a 110 volt converter for razors and hair dryers
  • Most hotels offer same day laundry services at reasonable rates

MEDICAL FACILITIES

  • Hospitals are located in Fiji’s main centers. There is a minimal hospital charge for patients who are not citizens of Fiji.  Private medical practitioners, dentists and opticians are listed in the telephone directory. Most pharmacies are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

  • Dial 000 in all main towns and cities for emergency fire, police or ambulance calls
  • The American Embassy in Suva:  Phone (679) 331-4466, Fax (679) 330-0081
  • HYPERBARIC DOCTOR: Dr Ali Husnoor, Lami, Suva Tel: (679) 999 3500
  • The Fiji Recompression Chamber Facility (FRCF) is located in the Suva Private Hospital, Amy Street, Suva. CHAMBER OPS MANAGER, Kuki , Suva Tel: (679) 999 3502
  • Recompression Chamber (only manned during treatment) Tel: (679) 330 5154