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Fiji Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

18,275 sq km (7,056 sq miles).

Population

905,502 (World bank estimate, 2017).

Population density

49.8 per sq km.

Capital

Suva.

Government

Republic.

Head of state

President Jioji Konrote since 2015.

Head of government

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama since 2014 (previously interim prime minister since 2007).

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs used are Australian-style with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.

A friendly Fijian welcome and broad smiles await you in this tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, glowing blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf and pristine rainforests, Fiji unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year.

Chief among the attractions has to be the cyan-blue sea. As you enter the Fijian airspace you will no doubt be greeted with a carpet of glistening turquoise reefs, fringing unspoilt confetti of sandy, lush islands. It may look tranquil and majestic, but beneath the surface it's teeming with life. Amid multicoloured reefs, the intrepid can explore over 1,000 fish species. You'll also find five of the seven species of sea turtle as well as sharks, dolphins and whales around Fiji. You can't come here without snorkelling or diving at least some of the time.

Beyond the marine life, you'll find ample opportunities to go hiking, with an abundance of forests and trails following scenic view points and waterfall pools. Nature lovers will revel on the island of Kadavu, which is practically roadless, with a smattering of local villages and plantations connected by untrodden pathways. Even more beauty can be found on the verdant island of Taveuni which boasts thick jungle vegetation and tropical flowers. Birdwatchers will love the Fijian islands for its plethora of winged species including the famous yellow and red-breasted musk parrots.

Perhaps above all, though, it's the people that make Fiji. Comprising more than 300 islands, the country is a vibrant melting pot where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesian, Chinese and European cultures converge to form a unique cultural medley. English is widely spoken, which means communication is a breeze. You can also expect locals to give you the warmest welcomes, and don't be surprised if they invite you into their homes and invite you to share a cup of Kava.

If, somehow, you tire of the beaches and wildlife of the islands, you'll find Suva to be an intriguing cultural hub, with a jumble of colonial and modern architecture. Laid out over lush hills by the sea, the capital is home to half of the country's population and is the biggest city in the South Pacific. If you like to party, Fiji isn't all laid-back, with Suva offering up a large dose of irreverent nightlife.

Brimming with colourful attractions, awe-inspiring scenery, friendly people and cultural and sporting activities aplenty, Fiji offers something for everyone. From the wanderlust-suffused traveller to the hedonistic sports junkie, this archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is tourist heaven. And, best of all, there’s an array of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes and budgets.

Travel Advice

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Fiji on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

International passenger flights remain suspended until further notice.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Fiji.

Returning to the UK

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

Be prepared for your plans to change

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Fiji

Travel restrictions have been in place in Fiji since 26 April following identification of a number of COVID-19 cases outside quarantine. International and domestic passenger flights have been suspended and restrictions have been put in place for public places and services. The Fijian Government continues to lockdown areas where existing clusters of COVID-19 exist. . Boat services to and from Viti Levu remain suspended.

Only persons travelling for medical purposes will be allowed through checkpoints between zones, while all non-essential businesses must remain closed. Public transportation within the zones will be available but limited to 50 percent seating capacity.

The Fijian government is encouraging people to work from home, and to leave their houses only if essential.

A nationwide curfew is in effect from 6pm to 4am each night. More information on the latest restrictions are available on the Fiji government website.

Accommodation

Some hotels and rental accommodation are open with COVID-19 protocols including social distancing measures in place.

Public places and services

Most public places in Viti Levu are closed, other than essential businesses including supermarkets and pharmacies. Nightclubs remain closed and you must abide by the nationwide curfew which need you to remain in your home or accommodation between 6pm and 4am.

Healthcare in Fiji

If you begin to feel unwell self-isolate by staying at home, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade fever (37.3 C or above) and slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, for example, to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services have a hotline (telephone number 158) to provide help. They will be able to direct you to the right health facility. For more information see Local healthcare on the Health page.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Fiji

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Fiji announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Fiji national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca vaccine. British nationals resident in Fiji are eligible for the vaccine. You will need your residence Permit Number and a valid photo ID (Passport, Voter ID Card, FNPF Card, Driver’s License, Student ID, TIN Joint Card) to register. Further information can be found on Fiji’s Ministry of Health website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Fiji, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

For further UK government guidance on support you can access whilst abroad, visit our waiting to return guidance. This includes guidance on finance, health, and staying connected.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, High Commission or Consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Crime

The level of serious crime is generally low, but petty theft is fairly common. Be particularly careful with personal possessions and travel documents in cities and other popular tourist destinations. Use a hotel safe where possible and avoid carrying everything in one bag. Ensure copies of important documents, such as passports, are kept in a safe place. Do not leave your belongings unattended. Be alert when you’re withdrawing money from cash machines. There have been reports of thefts from motor vehicles in Suva. Windows should be kept up and doors locked when driving.

Take particular care when walking at night in cities and towns and when visiting isolated areas. Women travelling alone should take extra care. There have been cases of serious sexual assaults against foreign nationals in Fiji, including against British women. See our advice for women travelling abroad.

Water-based activities

There are dangerous rip tides along reefs and river estuaries. Always comply with warning signs, especially red flags, and only swim from approved beaches. If you plan to go out to the reefs or engage in any water activities, you should satisfy yourself that the company you’re using has the most up-to-date equipment, including all of the necessary safety features and that they - and you - are fully licensed and insured.

There’s only one hyperbaric (decompression) chamber in Fiji, located at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, and it is not always operational. Visitors should check on its
status before diving and consider amending their dive depth accordingly. You should make sure you have travel and health insurance that includes coverage for diving and evacuation costs.

Follow local advice if jellyfish are present.

Road travel

Many roads in Fiji are in a poor condition and can be dangerous. A lack of street lighting and the presence of pedestrians and stray animals on the road makes travel particularly hazardous after dark. Where possible, you should therefore avoid road travel outside of urban areas at night. When driving, you must keep your driving licence with you at all times. Vehicle safety regulations are rarely enforced and traffic violations can occur. Severe weather can lead to roads becoming damaged, blocked or washed away. Seek local advice before you set out.

Taxis are of variable quality. Only use licensed taxis; they have a yellow registration plate.

Not all minibuses are licensed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). As with taxis, those with yellow number plates have been approved by the LTA. Unlicensed minibuses will probably not be insured.

Sea travel

Before boarding inter-island or other vessels, check the operators’ credentials and safety equipment in advance and ensure your travel insurance policy covers your planned activities. Do not travel on any overloaded vessels.

Political situation

The security situation in Fiji is stable. Fiji has experienced periods of political instability in the past and visitors are advised to avoid demonstrations, street rallies and areas of military activity.

Mobile phones

The mobile phone network generally works well in cities and large towns but coverage in some rural areas and outlying islands can be limited or non-existent. You can use your UK mobile phone in Fiji if global roaming has been activated, but making and receiving calls can be expensive. Many UK mobile phones will not work in Fiji as your mobile phone provider may not have an international roaming agreement with Fiji’s mobile phone providers, Vodafone and Digicel. Many visitors prefer to buy a Fiji SIM card on arrival. These are relatively cheap to buy and calls, both local and international are cheaper than using a UK SIM card. Fijian SIM cards are available at Nadi International Airport and at convenience stores and supermarkets. Registration of a SIM card bought locally is mandatory.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Fiji, attacks can not be ruled out.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

A nationwide curfew is in effect from 11pm – 4am every night. For further information on this and other restrictions related to Covid-19 please see the Coronavirus page.

Avoid recreational drugs of any kind in Fiji. Possession of even small quantities can lead to imprisonment and a hefty fine. Possession of any amount of marijuana carries a mandatory 3 month prison sentence.

If you’re invited to take part in a kava drinking ceremony, you should be aware of the associated risk of liver toxicity.

Topless bathing and nudity in public is forbidden. Cover shoulders and knees during kava ceremonies and when in rural villages.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in February 2010, but LGBT travellers should be aware of local sensitivities, particularly when visiting rural communities. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Fiji government has announced changes to International travel due to COVID-19.
The Fiji border remains closed to British tourists. Only residents and Fijian citizens are allowed to return to Fiji.

Fiji is also not allowing any transiting passengers through it from any other country.

Ahead of travel, returning residents and non-Fiji citizens must request approval from the Office of the Prime Minister for entry (by air or sea) into Fiji. Contact the Office of the Prime Minister by email: borderrequest@immi.gov.fj. Further information can be found on the Fiji government website.

All foreign nationals who are currently stranded in Fiji have been advised to contact Fiji Immigration Office so that they could be properly guided to maintain their legal status. This applies to all categories of permit holders.

These restrictions supersede the regular entry requirements set out below which refer to Fiji’s requirements that existed before the border was closed.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

Visas are not needed for visits of up to 4 months. You must have an onward or return ticket and a valid visa for the next country you’re travelling to. If you’re visiting Fiji on business you will be granted a stay for 14 days on arrival.

If you plan to stay for longer than 4 months, you will need to apply for a visa from the Fiji High Commission in London.

Yachts can only enter Fiji through Suva, Lautoka, Savusavu and Levuka For other ports, such as Nadi/Denarau, prior arrangement with the Fijian Authorities is needed.

Passport validity

Your passport should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of entry into Fiji.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are valid for entry, airside transit and exit from Fiji.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Customs requirements

Fiji customs enforce strict quarantine regulations and x-ray all in-bound luggage at Nadi airport. Most perishable foodstuffs will be confiscated on arrival, unless arriving from a country with quarantine agreements with Fiji.

You must declare currency amounts in excess of FJ$10,000.

Travelling with children

Some countries need documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.

In the case of Fiji, no such documentation is needed for visitors. But it is needed for those applying for work and/or residency permits. For further information contact the Fiji High Commission in London.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Fiji on the TravelHealthPro website

See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Fiji.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Medical treatment

Healthcare facilities are limited in range and availability. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. In the event of a serious medical emergency, evacuation to another country is usually necessary. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any treatment abroad, medical evacuation and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Health risks

There have been a number of outbreaks of measles in Pacific countries, including Fiji. You should visit the NaTHNaC website for information and advice about measles and monitor the advice of the local authorities.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of leptospirosis in the Central Division. There have been a number of deaths from the outbreak. For further information, see the National Travel Health Network and Centre website

UK health authorities have classified Fiji as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Earthquakes

Fiji is in an earthquake zone and suffers from tremors from time to time. These can trigger tsunami alerts. Make sure you understand local safety procedures in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, visit the website of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tropical cyclones

The tropical cyclone season in Fiji normally runs from November to April, but cyclones can occur throughout the year. During this period there is a greater risk of strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, landslides and road closures.

Weather updates are available from Fiji Meteorological Service and can also be found in local newspapers and on Radio Fiji GOLD on 100.4 FM. The National Disaster Management Office has information on how to prepare. See our Tropical Cyclones page for further advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.

There has been an increase in credit card fraud. This may include credit card skimming devices or other types of data theft. Take extra care when paying with credit cards or withdrawing money from ATMs.

Most tourist hotels and many restaurants accept credit cards. But not all ATMs accept the full range of cards issued overseas. The Australian and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) and Westpac ATMs accept cards with the Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Cirrus symbols.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can not provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can not offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCDO travel advice. If you can not find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.