Fiji - About & FAQ
The islands of Fiji:
Unspoiled white sand beaches, long hot days, fabulous coral gardens and the friendliest hosts in the world, are just a few of the things the Island nation of Fiji is famous for. The spirit, culture and beauty of Fiji will captivate you. As a final destination itself or as a stopover en-route to Australia, Fiji is the perfect antidote to the pressures of everyday life.
Nadi, on the main Island of Viti Levu is the international arrival point for all visitors. Nadi offers a relaxing stopover enroute to the Coral Coast or outer Islands and boasts many fine golf courses. The Coral Coast boasts miles of excellent beaches and stunning shorelines and is dotted with some of the finest tropical retreats in the world.
Set among deep blue waters with fringing coral reefs, the Mamanuca Islands offer some of Fiji’s most outstanding natural beauty. Home to more than a dozen resorts, their close proximity to Nadi allows each access by boat, seaplane and helicopter.
Islands of the Northeast:
Further afield from Nadi, Fiji boasts a number of offshore all inclusive resorts. Northeast of Nadi are the Islands of Vanau Levu and Taveuni and clustered around them are small, unspoiled private Island resorts all excellent for diving. Fiji can also be explored onboard a three to seven nights Fijian Islands cruise and experience first hand the ancient Fijian culture as your vessel travels to a different Island daily with ample opportunity to visit the local villages.
What is the Weather & Climate like in Fiji?
Fiji enjoys an ideal South Sea tropical climate and can get hot in the summer but seldom reaches above 35°C (96°F). Winter temperatures range from 72-84°F. Trade winds from the east southeast bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening. Tropical rains fall December to March, coinciding with the hot summer months
Entry & Departure
Do I need to have a Passport and Visa to enter Fiji?
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 up to 4 months for US citizens.
What is the customs quarantine procedure like when entering Fiji?
There are strict laws prohibiting or restricting the entry of drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms, protected wildlife and associated products. If you are unsure about anything declare it to Customs upon arrival.
Can I bring Tax Free/Duty Free items into Fiji?
Visitors of 17 years or more may bring the following goods into Fiji, duty and VAT free, provided they are accompanied and are not for sale:
Alcohol - 2 liters of alcohol liquor, or 4 liters of wine, or 4 liters 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.
What is and how much is the Departure tax?
Visitors to Fiji are required to pay FJ$30.00 departure tax following check-in. Children under 12 are exempt. This tax is not included in the cost of your ticket.
What languages are spoken in Fiji?
Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English - as it is the official language, but the Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects. Almost everyone is bilingual and many Fijian terms are included in everyday English usage.
What is the time difference between Fiji and the U.S.?
Fiji is +17 EST/+14PST and currently does not operate daylight saving at this time.
What currency is used in Fiji?
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.
Most airports, banks and large hotels have facilities for changing foreign currency and travelers’ checks (commissions and fees may be charged) A passport is usually adequate for identification.
What Credit Cards can I use in Fiji?
If your credit card is encoded with a pin, you may be able to withdraw cash from ATMs situated at banks and shopping centers. Check with your bank for details of where your cards will be accepted.
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.
What Taxes are currently in place in Fiji?
No taxes apply to visitors
When and how much should I tip in Fiji?
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity. In lieu of daily tipping, some resorts operate a staff Christmas fund where "tips" are shared.
What electric voltage does Fiji use?
240 volts, 50 Hz, 3 pin plugs. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. If your applications are 110v check for a 110/240v switch; if there is none you will need a voltage converter. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.
Do I need insurance when traveling to Fiji?
Before your visit you should arrange sufficient medical and travel insurance. Ensure the policy is adequate to cover costs for ambulance or helicopter rescue, emergency surgery, or transportation home. We offer comprehensive travel insurance policies to cover every eventuality – ask your Aspire Down Under consultant for more details.
Do I need to get any specfic vaccinations before entering Fiji?
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before arrival. No other health certificate is required to enter Fiji.
Is all water safe to drink in Fiji?
Fresh water reticulated in Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and other major towns has been treated and is safe to drink from the tap. Bottled water is also widely available.
What precautions should I take to protect myself from the sun in Fiji?
The sun can be strong all year round, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat.
What do I need to know about driving in Fiji?
Visitors in Fiji may drive if in possession of a valid US driving license for the same class of vehicle. The maximum speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h (30 mph) and on the highways it is 80 km/h (50 mph). Driving is on the left side of the road.
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