Fiji has a sunny, tropical climate all year around. However, you can also expect rain and temperatures from 22 degrees to 33 degrees Celsius from December to April. May to November is generally cool where the temperature ranges from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius.
Fiji is located very close to the International Date Line and hence it is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Population and Language
Fiji is a Multicultural Country where the official languages are English, Fijian and Hindustani.
The population is approximately 837,000 which is mainly made up of Indigenous Fijians, Indians, Chinese, Europeans and other Pacific Islanders.
When visiting locations away from Hotels and resorts or while visiting Fijian Villages it is very important to take heed of your dressing. Kindly avoid wearing hats or sun glasses in a village as this is considered to an insult to the village protocol.
While visiting a village it is a custom to present a gift of “Yaqona”or Kava to the Chief. Please avoid wearing a hat inside someone’s house when visiting them.
Personal questions such as “Where you’re from”, “Are you married “and “Do you have any children “are some of the most frequently asked questions.
Be prepared to drink a bowl or two of ‘Yaqona’ while visiting villages.
Fiji has an efficient medical system with Government and Privately run hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, dental services and pharmacies.
Phone calls and Internet
The country code for Fiji is +679 or 00679. You can easily have access to direct dialing facilities through your hotels and similarly card phones are available in many shops.
Fiji has three major mobile network providers which are Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile. You can also purchase local sim cards from the Airport or arrange roaming status before arriving here.
Internet is available in most parts on Fiji.
The Fijian dollar is available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes while the coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.
24 hours foreign exchange services is provided at arrivals section at the Nadi Airport. Where as you can easily excess ATMs around the country. You can also use debit cards while shopping locally at certain shopping centers.
Fiji similar to Australia and New Zealand have a three-pin power outlet. The electric current is 240 volts. Hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 11v shavers, hair dryers and other electrical appliances.
Fiji prohibits the importation of vegetable matter, seeds, or any animal product without a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests.
VAT or Government’s Value Added Tax of 9 % is applicable to all goods and services in Fiji. You will also be expected to pay a Service Turnover Tax or 6% and Environment & Climate Adaptation Levy of 10% while staying in hotels.
Governments VAT refund Scheme
Fiji has a VAT refund scheme which allows visitors to claim a refund of VAT paid on goods purchased in Fiji and taken through the Nadi International Airport or Suva or Lautoka Wharf as the final port of departure to a foreign destination. This refund is subject to certain conditions.
You can get more details on this Scheme and the services provided by our customs department through www.frcs.org.fj/our-services/customs.