Practical information Fiji

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Fiji : the key figures

Area : 7056.0 km2

Population : 849000 inhabitants

Fiji : Travel Information before you go!

Flights

There are no direct flights between London and the Fiji Islands. It is necessary to travel via Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti or New Caledonia, and then to take a connecting flight. Anticipate about 30 hours for the flight (not including the time for connections).

Airports

Nadi International Airport is 5 miles away from the town of Nadi. It has a foreign exchange office open 24/7, an office with tourist information and car rental agencies (Avis, Budget, Central, Hertz, Roxy). It is the arrival point for international flights, while Nausori airport, located 13 miles away from the Capital city of Suva links the islands together. Buses and taxis are available at the exit of the two airports. The ride from Nadi airport to the centre of town costs about 6 USD. Departure tax for international flights: 20 FJD.

Security

All islands are quite safe, and their hospitable traditions hardly ever let you down. However, thefts as well as small crimes can happen, especially on quiet beaches or in cities. Attacks very seldom happen, especially towards tourists. It is nonetheless recommended to follow common sense safety rules. Valuables, identification documents such as passports and spare money should be left at your hotel. There are reports of drownings every year. Therefore, you should avoid swimming on isolated beaches where the currents created by the reefs can be very strong

Useful numbers:
Consular and diplomatic chancellery: (679) 3312 233. Fax: (679) 3301 894
Call duty outside of office hours: 99 21 724
Police: (679) 3312.999
Emergencies (police, fire brigade, ambulances): 911.

Languages

English is the official language but the main languages spoken are Fijian and Hindi.

Required travel documents for

For European citizens, a stay of less than four months does not require a visa. Your passport must be valid for three months. You will have to justify your return ticket.

Religion

Christians (52%), Hindus (38%) and Muslims (8%).

Currency

The Fijian Dollar (FJD or F$) consists of 100 Cents. 1 Sterling = 2.96 FJD.

Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express) are accepted in many places and allow you to withdraw cash at banks and bureaux de change. There are also two ATM machines which accept credit cards in Suva. Your best bet is to bring cash and travellers cheques in US Dollars, Australian Dollars or Pounds Sterling, as these are easier to cash. Banks are open from 9:30am to 3:00pm from Monday to Thursday and from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Fridays, but bureaux de change are open until 5.00pm during the week and also on Saturday mornings.

Local transportation

The road network is constituted of tarmacked two-lane roads, in fairly good condition. Driving is on the left. Allow about 3 hours to drive from Nadi to Suva. Buses link the islands' main villages. In town, you will find taxis that run on a meter. You can rent good quality cars, but it is expensive.
Air Fidji, Sunflower and Air Pacific airline companies run domestic flights between the islands. There are several daily flights between Nadi and Suva (30 mins flight) and regular flights for Vanua Levu, Labasa and Taveuni. Air Fidji links Ovalau tourist resorts, Vatakoula, Bafour and Lakeba of the Lau, Gau and Ba Islands. An air pass, valid for ten days, allows you to travel as frequently as you want (unlimited).
Ferries departing from Suva and Nadi allow you to get to Labasa, Ovalau and Koro.

Health

No particular vaccine is required, but it is strongly recommended to be up to date for the following: tetanus, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, typhoid, hepatitis A and B. People who have been exposed to yellow fever in contaminated countries in the past six days will have to show their vaccination booklet.
It is not recommended to drink the tap water, it is better to limit yourself to bottled drinks or to water that is already boiled. Diarrhoea problems are fairly frequent, thus it is suggested to bring a good pharmacy kit. Medical insurance covering repatriation expenses in case of an accident is absolutely necessary.

Useful numbers:
Hospital: 313 444
Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva: (679) 313 444 or 305 913
Emergency services: 000
Prince Charles Park Hospital, Nadi: (679) 700 563 or 700 378 or 701 128
Emergency services: (679) 701 378
Decompression room for diving accidents: (679) 999 3506 and 999 5500 (emergency), 330 5154 (room)
Dr Praveen Kumar (general practitioner), Suva: (679) 313 355; mobile phone: 997 733
Dr Nandan Saras (general practitioner), Nadi: (679) 702 394/700 303
Dr Naidu Avinash (general practitioner), Sigatoka: (679) 500 408

Electricity

Voltage is 240 V. Bring an international adaptor for electrical sockets.

Tourist numbers

The Fiji Islands are mostly frequented by Australian and New Zealand tourists, as well as Japenese and American travellers, and in a lesser quantity, British and German travellers.
Almost 35,000 British nationals visit Fiji every year.

Taxes and tips

Taxes are included in the prices. Tips are not very common.

Telephone

To call Fiji from the UK dial 00 + 679 + phone number.
To call the UK from Fiji dial 00 + 44+ phone number without the initial 0.

Fiji : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Fijian Embassy
34 Hyde Park Gate
London
SW7 5DN
England
Tel: 020 7584 3661
Fax: 020 7584 2834


At the destination

Fiji Visitors Bureau
Thomson Street
GPO Box 92
Suva
Fiji
Tel: (679) 3302 433
Fax: (679) 3300 970/(679) 3302 751
A tourist office is available at Nadi airport to welcome travellers on international flights. Tel: (679) 6722 433. Fax: (679) 6720141

British High Commission
Victoria House
47 Gladstone Road
PO Box 1355
Suva
Fiji
(Veti Levu Island).
Tel: (679) 3229 100/(679) 331 22 33
Fax: (679) 3229 132/(679) 330 18 94

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