Handy tips and visitor information Fiji to make planning your trip easier

Planning a vacation to the Fiji. Then you need to read our helpful tips and useful visitor information Fiji to ensure you make the most of your upcoming holiday.

Visas & useful Visitor Information Fiji

Immigration
Nadi Airport is 8km outside Nadi on the west side of the island of Viti Levu. Both international flights operated as interisland flights at the airport. These airlines conduct international flights:

  • Air Caledonie (Noumea [New Caledonia])
  • Air New Zealand (Auckland [Nw.Zealand])
  • Air Marshall (Tarawa [Kiribati] and Majuro [Marshall Islands])
  • Air Nauru (to Nauru and Tarawa [Kiribati])
  • Air Pacific (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne [Australia], Auckland and Christchurch [New Zealand], Los Angeles [USA], Apia [Samoa], Tongatapu and Vava’u [Tonga], Port Vila [Vanuatu] and Noumea [ New Caledonia])
  • Air Vanuatu (Port Vila [Vanuatu])
  • Qantas (to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney [Australia])
  • Solomon Airlines (Honiara [Solomon Islands])
  • Virgin Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney [Australia])

In Suva on the eastern side of Viti Levu is Nausori Airport (20 km east of the city). Besides domestic flights depart from here also international flights to Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati. All other airports and airstrips only serve the domestic air traffic.

International Departure in Fiji
Check-in time for international flights from Fiji is 120 minutes before departure. The airport tax (“Airport Departure Tax”) currently stands at FJ $150 per person. This charge is already included in the price of pre-purchased tickets.

Electricity
The electricity in the Fiji Islands is 240V / 50Hz. The three-pole sockets are identical to those in Australia and New Zealand. For the connection of shavers, hair dryers, etc an adapter-plug is needed.

Duty Free
Plants, fruits, dangerous goods and drugs must not be imported.

Duty free allowence is 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 2 liters of spirits or two liters of wine (over 18 years); 50g perfume and 250ml eau de toilette to enter into.

Entertainment & Night Life
In the larger hotels usually 1x per week organized a Lovofeest. Even fire dancing (tradition Beqa), singing and other dances are performed. Friday night is “island night ‘, the night out where the clubs are packed with locals and tourists alike.

Food & Drink
In Fiji, most larger hotels have a choice of restaurants. Also covered in Nadi, Suva and Lautoka are several fast food restaurants, local “takeaways” and small restaurants (such as bistros, Pizarias and Asian restaurants). There are many excellent restaurants available here. Especially fish specialties are worth trying here. The dress code is usually informal “Casual”, although in upscale restaurants resorts sometimes evening dress is appreciated. Outside the larger cities and you are reliant on the outer islands in the restaurant of your accommodation.

Fiji cooking style is often based on the braising meat and vegetables in coconut milk (lolo). The earth oven meals (lovo) are particularly popular with tourists. On red-hot stones banana leaves wrapped haché of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables cooked braised in a few hours. The meal is often enjoyed with dancing, singing and fireworks. Drinking Kava in Fiji is also a common experience in Fiji. Kava is the root of a pepper plant, from which the extract has a numbing effect.

The nightlife in Fiji is small and relaxed. A number of hotels organize Meke (party) nights, and Lovo (earth oven meals) evenings. Some hotels are firewalking demonstrations by men of Beqa Island. Many hotels have night clubs and discos.

Internet
If you have your laptop or smartphone along on your trip, you can use it in certain places using a wifi connection (e.g. At airports, hotel lobbies, at Starbucks, etc.)

If you want to access the internet on the go, that you need to purchase a SIM card (or dongle) for the UMTS network. These are for sale in the shops of the major telecom providers (such as Telstra and Vodafone). Along the main routes and in most places the mobile reception is good.

Currency & costs

Currency
he currency in Fiji is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). There are notes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 FJD. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 dollar. Euros and other foreign currencies as well as traveler’s checks can be exchanged at banks (ANZ and Westpac) on Viti Levu. The banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday. At the airport in Nadi is a 24-hour currency exchange service available (after the immigration office in the arrivals hall). Most hotels accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners card and American Express). On Viti Levu you can withdraw money with an ATM card at the ATM.

Banks
There are banks established – such as the ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank – in the larger towns in Fiji (Suva, Nadi, Lautoka and Sigatoka) and the main plates on Vanua Levu, Taveuni. Most banks have a cash machine (ATM). The banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
On goods and services be subject to a sales tax of 15% in Fiji (“GST” = Goods and Services Tax). This tax is also the export of articles, non-refundable.

Tipping
In principle, tipping is not mandatory, but if you have received exceptional service then you can express your appreciation by giving a small tip. Service charges and taxes are generally included in the price.

When to go

Climate
The best time to visit Fiji to go is between May and October, in the winter of Fiji . It is then the dry season, which means that the air is virtually clear sky. The temperature is even in the winter around 25 degrees.

In October and in February and March, Fiji is alot less busy, because the school holidays in Fiji and Australia are over. In late October and early November, the temperature is lovely and it is also dry.

What to wear for the climate
When you plan your visit to the Fiji it is best to bring light summer clothing. When visiting a local village residents make sure not to show up in swimwear, but with shirt or t-shirt.

Consider a thin raincoat (for walks) and plastic sandals or reef shoes (for protection against coral). Bring a hat or cap to protect against the sun. The shops will otherwise provide virtually everything that you need to enjoy your holiday.

Festivals and Events
Fiji have many regional festivals. In addition to the below, there are many Indian festivals.

Mbula Festival in Nadi: july
Hibiscus Festival in Suva: august
Sugar Festival in Lautoka: september
Diwali Hindu Festival: november

Getting there

Nadi Airport is 8km outside Nadi on the west side of the island of Viti Levu. Both international flights operated as interisland flights at the airport. These airlines conduct international flights:

Air Caledonie (Noumea [New Caledonia])
Air New Zealand (Auckland [Nw.Zealand])
Air Marshall (Tarawa [Kiribati] and Majuro [Marshall Islands])
Air Nauru (to Nauru and Tarawa [Kiribati])
Air Pacific (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne [Australia], Auckland and Christchurch [Nw.Zealand], Los Angeles [USA], Apia [Samoa], Tongatapu and Vava’u [Tonga], Port Vila [Vanuatu] and Noumea [ New Caledonia])
Air Vanuatu (Port Vila [Vanuatu])
Qantas (to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney [Australia])
Solomon Airlines (Honiara [Solomon Islands])
Virgin Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney [Australia])

In Suva on the eastern side of Viti Levu is Nausori Airport (20 km east of the city). Besides domestic flights depart from here also international flights to Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati. All other airports and airstrips only serve the domestic air traffic.

Getting around

The distances on the main island are still quite large. From Nadi airport to the hotels on the Coral Coast is 80 to 100 km, a journey of at least 1 hour.

On Viti Levu and Vanua Levu there are plenty of public bus services avaliable. The bus services are driven by private companies. The buses usually have all the windows open, are often crowded and make many stops making the ride from Nadi to Suva 5 to 6 hours.

Health & safety

Health
The climate in Fiji is pleasant, therefore you usually do not need to take any special medical precautions. However, the best you can go to your family doctor for specific advice.

Fiji has almost no dangerous or poisonous animals. The most dangerous animal is probably the shark. Inside the reefs in the lagoon from time to time you will see small harmless reef sharks. The larger shark species – such as the hammer head, tiger shark and white shark – like deep water so you are only likely to encounter if you are scuba diving outside of the lagoon.

Remember that the coral is sharp. To prevent sores and possible infections, we recommend that you wear plastic sandals or reef shoes when you are walking or in shallow water over coral is swimming over the coral. If you have to cut the coral the risk of infection is very large, do not wait to long to use antibiotics.

Water in Fiji
Tap water is generally safe to drink on Fiji, but chlorinated. For safety, however, we advise you to boil your drinking water or buy bottled water.

Sunburn in Fiji
Fiji is located in the tropics, the air is not polluted and pure. This brings strong solar radiation unhindered on earth. Head covering and a sunscreen with a high protection factor is so highly recommended.

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Country Profile

Population
The population of the Cook Islands is 881,065 with Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, accounting for 87% if this population.

Religion
There are many faiths present in Fiji (including Protestant and Catholic, but also Hindu and Muslim). You are welcome in the churches to attend a service.

Language
The local language of Fiji is English, and Fijiaans Hindustaans. The official language is English, which is spoken by virtually all inhabitants.