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History & Culture

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Fiji is a blend of fascinating ancient cultures. Tranquil villages nestled in out of the way places. Rituals such as the yaqona ceremony are enacted as they have been for centuries and visitors are welcomed as honoured guests. Come and discover our history, be entertained by our legends and tales, find out about our culture and learn our ways. Teach yourself a little of our language.

Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements

Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required. Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 1 month for nationals of:

Antigua
Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Columbia
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
The Federal Republic of Germany
The Federated States of Micronesia
Finland
France
The Gambia
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guyana
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldovia
Monaco
Nauru
New Zealand
Netherlands
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Romania
Russia
Samoa
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad
Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain
Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe.

Nationals of other countries require prearranged visas, which can be applied for at the nearest Fiji High Commission in their respective country. Visas may be extended on application to the Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka or Nadi. It is necessary to have an onward or return ticket and sufficient funds. Those wishing to stay more than six months should consult the Department of Immigration.

Those wishing to reside and work in Fiji, even on a temporary basis, require proper authority to do so before arrival. In most cases, prospective employers who make the necessary arrangements sponsor such people.

For more information on our customs visit the Fiji Customs website: www.customs.gov.fj/site/arrivals_guide.htm

Fiji is noted as one of the friendliest places in the world, but visitors who intend to reside, or to reside and work, must make certain they have satisfied immigration requirements.


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Arrival & Departure

Airports

Fiji has two international airports - Nadi, the principal gateway and Nausori, near Suva.

Customs At International Airports

Fiji Customs operates a Dual Channel System - the Red and Green Channels - for expeditious clearance of air travellers.

  • If you have any prohibited or restricted goods, or dutiable goods exceeding your duty/VAT free concessions, you should seek Customs Clearance at the Red Channel.
  • If you do not have any prohibited, restricted or commercial goods, or dutiable goods exceeding your Duty/VAT concessions, you should proceed through the Green Channel.

Note: Your baggage may be examined by Customs whether you take the Red or Green Channels. If this occurs, you will be required to open and repack your baggage.

Dutiable Goods

Fiscal duty and VAT are levied on all goods in excess of concessions. Fiscal duty rates vary depending on the goods, whereas VAT is uniformly applied at 10%. VAT is applied on a base which includes the value of the goods plus any fiscal duty payable.

Duty/VAT Free Concessions

A bona fide passenger finally disembarking in Fiji is entitled to the following DUTY and VAT free concessions:

  • Dutiable goods accompanying passengers (other than alcohol and tobacco products ) not exceeding $F400 in value
  • The following goods which are owned by passengers and are not intended as gifts or for sale:

      Personal Effects

      Household effects for returning residents ( must be used for 12 months prior to departure ) or intending residents.

  • Articles taken out of Fiji on departure on which duty and tax have been paid

The goods should not be for sale and must be accompanied at the time of final disembarkation by the passenger. Alternatively, the passenger purchases the goods immediately after final disembarkation in Fiji.

Each passenger of 17 years or more may also bring the following goods into Fiji, duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and are not for sale:

  • Alcohol - 2 litres of alcohol liquor, or 4 litres of wine, or 4 litres of beer, or any combination that does not exceed the prescribed limit for any one item.
  • Tobacco products - 500 cigarettes, or any combination of tobacco products up to 500 grams net weight.

A Baggage Declaration Form is to be filled and signed by the bona fide passenger in the case of unaccompanied luggage.

Departure Tax

Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $20.00 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in. Children under 12 are exempt.

Money

Exchange Rates

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Approximate rates of currency exchange at October, 1998 for travellers cheques were:

Currency

The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency, available in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50. Coins: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in. Visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported.

Credit Card

Major credit cards are welcomed by most hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies, tours, cruises and travel agents. American Express, Diners Club, Visa, JCB International and Mastercard, are represented in Suva. American Express and VISA can replace lost credit cards and travellers cheques.


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Typical Expenses

Here is an idea of the average cost of goods and services. The values stated in Fijian dollars.

  Price F$
Motorcoach sightseeing tour
Half day
Full day
Day Cruise to an island
Movie ticket
Fijian village entertainment
Hotel "Island Night"
Sports Event

Hotel Rooms [per day]
Budget Accommodation
Resort Accommodation

Food & Drinks [per person]
At Hotels and Resorts from:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Bottle of Wine
Glass of beer
Cocktails from

At Restaurants and Pubs from:
Dinner
Glass of beer

$45.00
$80.00
$60.00
$4.00
$50.00
$40.00
$20.00


$10.00 - $50.00
$65.00 - $400.00



$12.00
$16.00
$25.00
$20.00
$4.00
$6.00


$6.00 to $25.00
$3.00 to $5.00

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity. Some resorts operate a staff Christmas fund. Though tipping is not a local custom, you will find local people tipping. This has as much to do with social attitudes as it does recognition of the excellence of service. Fijians ritually exchange gifts of food, clothing, "yaqona", "tabua", kerosene, and even money during important social occasions, so that tipping can be seen in the light of sharing. It can denote a person of affluence who is generous. But it must be emphasised that at all times it is a question of individual choice.


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Attire

Visitors to Fiji should bring a light tropical wardrobe. Bathing suits, shorts, T-shirts and as they will soon discover "sulus" (known also throughout the Pacific as pareau, lavalava or sarong) are a must for both men and women. The wrap-around "sulu" is Fiji’s most distinctive and versatile form of dress. It is women who obtain the most benefit from the "sulu". There are at least ten different ways in which it can be used, even for evening wear. Ask your resort staff for hints on tying and wearing your "sulu".

Visitors are asked to be careful not to offend local sensibilities. Wearing bikinis and ultra-brief, swimming costumes is fine at the resort but not when visiting villages or shopping in town. At such times it is easy to take a sulu to use as a wrap-around so no offence is caused. Both men and women should be careful to respect local feelings.

LOCAL FASHION - HOW TO TIE SULUS

For Women
Halter -Neck Sulus

Place one corner over-shoulder and wrap around body to tie behind neck

One Shoulder Style

Place one corner over shoulder and right around body to back tie corners

For Men
Wrap around body very tight, tuck one corner over and then the other one in and roll the cloth to hold firm
Make corners at front and tie firmly
 
 
Map of Fiji

Map of Fiji