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PLANNING & ARRIVAL

Entry requirement
Arrival & Departure

- Airports
- Customs at International Airports
- Dutiable Goods
- Duty/VAT Free Concessions
- Departure Tax

 

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. Entry requirement
Arrival & Departure

- Airports
- Customs at International Airports
- Dutiable Goods
- Duty/VAT Free Concessions
- Departure Tax

 

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

 



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.

 

TIME ZONES

When it is 9am in Fiji, it is:

 

9pm in London

10pm Frankfurt

4pm New York

1pm Los Angeles

6am Tokyo

previous day

previous day

previous day

previous day

same day


When your country is on daylight saving add one hour to the above time.
Between November and February, Fiji time moves forward one hour with daylight saving.

 

 

DRESS

 

 


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 Fijiís 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.

 

 

BANKING

 

 

Fiji is well represented by banking groups. These include: The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Bank of Baroda, Habib Bank, Colonial National Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation and Bank of Baroda.

All groups have head offices in Suva with branches and agencies throughout Fiji.

Normal banking hours are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Thursday and to 4:00pm on Friday. All banks are closed on Public Holidays. ANZ operates a 24 hour service at Nadi International Airport's Arrivals Concourse.

ANZ offers ATM services in Suva, Nausori, Nadi, Nadi Airport, Lautoka, and Labasa. National Bank and Westpac offer EFTPOS services in Suva, Nausori, Sigatoka, Nadi, and Lautoka.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 


Most hotels have direct dialing facilities. Check with the operator for long distance and international charges, which may also be found in the telephone directory. Please note that the international country IDD code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes. Thus, when dialling any part of Fiji from overseas the procedure would be: access code (679) plus the Fiji subscriber number.


MOBILE COMMUNICATION

Vodafone Fiji Limited, a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji Ltd, operates a GSM digital mobile communication service. It has roaming agreements with Australian (GSM) operators namely Telstra, OPTUS and Vodafone Pty, and New Zealand operator - BellSouth plus UK operator Vodafone Ltd UK.

All mobile customers are advised to check with their network operators for their roaming status before travelling to Fiji.

To find out if you can roam in Fiji with your GSM handset, visit the Vodafone Website for the latest information.


COMPUTERS

Data on Fiji - Computer Systems
System Access - Code Countries Available

INTERNET

www.bulafiji.com

World-wide

APOLLO

TD*31251

USA & World-wide

SABRE

N*/FIJI

USA & World-wide

SYSTEM ONE

GGYGFJ

USA & World-wide

GEMINI

TD*31251/Fiji

Canada

ABACUS

GTIP FIJI

South East Asia

WORLDSPAN DATAS

GTIP FIJI

World-wide

WORLDSPAN PARS

GTIP FIJI

World-wide

FANTASIA

N*/FIJI

Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

AMADEU

GTIP FIJI

Europe

 

 

USEFUL ADDRESSES

 



FIJI ISLANDS CUSTOMS SERVICE

Nadi International Airport

+679 6722191

+679 6720557 fax

Suva

+679 3302332

+679 3302864 fax

Lautoka

+679 6660722

+679 6665961 fax

 

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

Nadi International Airport

+679 6722263

+679 6721720 fax

Suva

+679 3312672

+679 3301653 fax

Lautoka

+679 6661706

+679 6668120 fax

 


FIJI HOTEL ASSOCIATION

P O Box 13560, Suva
Tel: +679 3302980 Fax: +679 3300331



FIJI DIVE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

P O Box 264, Savusavu
Tel: +679 8850260 Fax: +679 8850344


SOCIETY OF FIJI TRAVEL AGENTS

P O Box 654, Suva
Tel: +679 3302333 Fax: +679 3302048



CONSUMER COMPLAINTS

The Fiji tourism industry takes tourists complaints very seriously, and visitor feedback is always welcome. Feedback and complaints should be directed to the Consumer Council of Fiji or the appropriate industry association with a copy to the Fiji Visitors Bureau.

 

CONSUMER COUNCIL OF FIJI

Private Mail Bag, Suva
Tel: +679 3300792 Fax: +679 3300115



FIJI CENTRAL POLICE STATION

Joske Street, Suva
Tel: +679 3311222 Fax: +679 3304805
Emergency Line 007

 

TOURIST POLICE SERVICE

A Tourist Police Service desk is located at the Fiji Visitors Bureauís Information Center on Thomson Street.

Hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday and to 4:00pm on Friday. Saturdayís opening hours are 8:00am to 12:00noon. Tel: +679 3302433 Ext 215


FIJI VISITORS BUREAU TOLL FREE VISITORS HELP LINE

Call from anywhere in Fiji, anytime ( 24 - hour service ) for emergencies only.
0800 721 721

 

HEAD OFFICE - FIJI VISITORS BUREAU

Thomson Street
PO Box 92
Suva
Tel: (679) 3302433
Fax: (679) 3300970/3302751
URL: www.BulaFiji.com
E-mail: infodesk@fijifvb.gov.fj


NADI AIRPORT

Fiji Visitors Bureau
Arrivals Concourse
PO Box 9217
Nadi Airport
Tel: (679) 6722433
Fax: (679) 6720141
Toll free #: 0800-6721721
E-mail: fvbnadi@is.com.fj

Note: this office is open extended hours and meets all international flights


JAPAN

Fiji Visitors Bureau - Toyko
NOA Building (14th Floor)
2-3 -5 Azabudai
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041
Tel: (03) 3587 2038
Fax: (03) 3587 2563
Telex: (072) 32150
Email: info@bulafiji-jp.com

 

SUGGESTED READING

 

 

There are several excellent publications including Frommers South Pacific Comprehensive Travel Guide; Smart Bevanís Fiji; Moon Handbooks: Fiji, David Stanley - Avalon Travel Publishing. For more information visit our website: www.southpacific.org/fiji.html


Fiji A Travel Survival Kit. Robert Kay, Lonely Planet Publications; Fiji Islands Insight Pocket Guide, James Siers - APA Publications; Fiji Handbook, Business Travel Guide, Norman and Ngaire Douglas; Reise Handbuch Sudsee, Marie and Ulrich Weissbach (German); and Globe Trotter, Toshikazu Umehara (Japanese).


FOR YACHTIES

Michael Calderís Yachtsmanís Fiji is a professional and extremely well illustrated guide to cruising in Fiji waters.

The Yacht Help booklet is published annually and distributed free from Fiji Visitors Bureau overseas offices.


ARTIFACTS

Fergus Clunieís Yalo I Viti is published by the Fiji Museum.


COOKERY

A Taste of the Tropics, South Pacific Cookbook.

Traditional Medicine

Secrets of Fijian Medicine
Dr. M.A. Weiner
Free Publication
Fiji Magic, detaining what is available, accommodation, day tours, sight-seeing, restaurants and entertainment.

Fiji Calling, similar publication but with several interesting features highlighting the diversity of the Fiji Islands. Excellent map. Copies available from Fiji Visitors Bureau offices overseas.

Spotlight on Nadi and Spotlight on Suva, what to do and see around the Nadi and Suva areas.

HISTORY

Journals of Baron Anatole von Hugel by Jane Roth and Steven Hooper, published by Fiji Museum. Fascinating account of a young manís four years in Fiji from 1875 to 1879.

Fiji and the Fijians Vol.1 by the Rev. Thomas Williams of the Wesleyan Mission in Fiji. First published in 1858 and reprinted by the Fiji Museum.

The United States Exploring Expedition by Commodore Charles Wilkes, first published in 1845 and reprinted in facsimile by the Fiji Museum. An account of four years in Fiji with a wealth of detail of life in the Fiji Islands

.
NATURAL HISTORY

Paddy Ryanís Fijiís Natural Heritage.


PICTORIAL

Children of the Sun by Glen Craig. Case bound, large format coffee table presentations featuring the people of the Fiji Islands. Copies available at FVB head office, Suva


Fiji - The Uncharted Sea by Federico Busonero. Case bound, large format coffee table presentation of Fijiís unique marine environment. Copies available at FVB head office, Suva

 

 


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