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Fiji

Fiji is a South Pacific island nation consisting of over 350 islands and islets, of which approximately 100 are inhabited. The capital is Suva. On December 5, 2006, in the fourth coup since 1987, the Commander of Fiji’s military force deposed the lawfully elected government of Fiji. There is currently an unelected interim government in place established by the military. The coup has had a negative effect on Fiji’s economy. Tourist facilities are available. The Fiji Visitors Bureau, which has a wide range of information of interest to travelers, can be contacted via the Internet at http://www.bulafiji.com/. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Fiji for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Fiji
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Suva
Boundary Countries:

No land boundaries

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Ba Hospital, Labasa Hospital, Nadi Hospital, Rakiraki Hospital, The Colonial War Memorial Hospital (Suva), Taveuni Hospital, Lautoka Hospital

Main Cities:

Suva, Levuka, Lautoka, Savusavu, Lambasa

Country Size: 18,270 sq km
Population: 918,675

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

English (official), Fijian (official), Hindustani

Currency: Fijian dollar (FJD)
Predominant Religions:

Christian 53% (Methodist 34.5%, Roman Catholic 7.2%, Assembly of God 3.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 2.6%, other 4.9%), Hindu 34% (Sanatan 25%, Arya Samaj 1.2%, other 7.8%), Muslim 7% (Sunni 4.2%. other 2.8%), other or unspecified 5.6%, none 0.3%

National Holidays: Independance Day, second Monday of October (1970)
Economic Status:

On December 5, 2006, the Commander of Fiji’s military force deposed the lawfully elected government of Fiji. There is currently an unelected interim government in place established by the military. The coup has had a negative effect on Fiji’s economy.

Security:

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF): Land Forces,Naval Forces

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Suva
“158 Princes Road, Tamavua
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji
Call us at +679 331.4466
Document Requirements:

A passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure from Fiji, proof of sufficient funds and an onward/return ticket are required for entry to Fiji. A visa is not required for tourist stays up to four months. Yachts wishing to call at the Lau group of islands need special permission granted at the first port of entry into Fiji. For further information on entry/exit requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW, No. 240, Washington, DC  20007; telephone (202) 337-8320, or the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York. This is particularly important for travelers planning to enter Fiji by sailing vessel. 

Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information.

Major Airports:

Airports:  28, Airports w/paved runways:  3

Nadi International Airport (NAN/NFFN)
Nadi Airport, Fiji, Mail Bag NAP 0354, Nadi Airport, FIJI
Nadi Airport, Fiji, Private Bag, Nadi, FIJI
Tel: +679 672 1113, +679 672 5777, +679 990 6148
Fax: +679 723795, +679 790415
E-mail: joeg@afi.com.fj
Customs, hours: 24 hours

Suva – Nausori International Airport (SUV/NFNA)
Suva Airport, Fiji, PO Box 30, Nausori, Suva, FIJI
Tel: +679 478344
Fax: +679 478482
E-mail: info@afl.com.fi
Website: www.afl.com.fi/NausoriAirport.htm


Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Terrain in the Fiji islands can be hazardous.

Urban areas experience a higher incidence of crime than do other areas.

Fiji is located in an area of high seismic activity. Although the probability of a major earthquake occurring during a particular trip is remote, earthquakes can and do occur. The cyclone season is November through April. 

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  11.99 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 70.12 years

               (male 67.6/female 72.76)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None

Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters: MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue, filariasis, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley encephalitis are diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Scrub typhus and other rickettsial infections are present in this region. Other hazards for travelers include ciguatera poisoning, which occurs frequently on some of the islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health-care facilities in Fiji are adequate for routine medical problems. Emergency response is extremely limited, and the few ambulances available are poorly equipped and staffed. Two major hospitals, the Lautoka Hospital in the western city of Lautoka, and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, the capital, provide limited emergency and outpatient services. A private hospital in Suva provides Western-style medical care, and maintains the Fiji Recompression Chamber for the benefit of scuba divers. Other hospitals and clinics provide only a limited range of health services. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 2
Referrals: 15
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Snakes And spider bites are also a risk.

Communications Info:

Country calling Code : +679 
Internet Country Code:  .fj

 



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