Fiji - Frequently Asked Questions

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

Do I need to have a Passport and Visa to enter Fiji?

A valid passport for at least six 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 departure tax which is pre-paid with your international airline ticket. Children under 12 are exempt.

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 travel insurance policies – ask your Aspire Down Under consultant for more details.

Do I need to get any specfic vaccinations before entering Fiji?

For questions regarding COVID vaccination speak with an Aspire agent.

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.