Smart Ways to Safeguard Your Health in Fiji

 

In Fiji, there are very few health concerns or issues for travellers. Be across general health information and advice, and exercise common sense and caution where needed during your stay.

Vaccinations & Immunisation

Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical diseases, however the country is prone to water-borne, food-borne and other infectious diseases.

There are no compulsory vaccinations required, unless you are coming from a yellow fever zone, in which case you will need an International Certificate of Vaccination before entry into the country.

Book a medical check-up 6 to 8 weeks before your departure for safe measure and speak to your doctor about travel plans, existing medical conditions and recommended vaccinations, including vaccines for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid. 

It’s also wise to be up to date with routine vaccinations like flu shots, MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) and the polio vaccine. Most of these are given during childhood, so if you’re travelling with children, ensure they’re covered ahead of time. 


Dangers and Risks 

Insect Bites & Stings
A number of mosquito-borne viruses can affect travellers in Fiji, including Zika virus and Dengue fever. Safeguard yourself with proper immunisation prior to departure, wear protective clothing (covered arms and legs) and apply insect repellent when outdoors. 
Wildlife Contact
Exotic animals and marine life are everywhere in Fiji. To guard against bites, scratches or infection, do not touch monkeys, geckos, iguanas, fruit bats or roaming cats and dogs. Always follow advice from local authorities and operators (if on a tour).
Undercooked or Raw Foods
Most of the local Fijian meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes are delectable, including Kokoda (raw fish marinated in lime juice). Take care to consider where you’re dining before sampling dishes, especially raw foods from roadside markets, which are better to avoid. 
Water Usage
Whilst water supply is filtered in major towns like Nadi and Suva, tap water is still considered unsafe in Fiji. Visitors are encouraged to buy and use bottled water/boiled water only. This should also apply when brushing your teeth. Request for no ice in drinks and avoid unpeeled vegetables, fruits and salads that may have been washed in tap water.
Heat Stroke
Fiji is a tropical destination and whilst fatal conditions like heat strokes can be rare, travellers are advised to always wear a high SPF sunscreen (even during cloudy, rainy weather), stay hydrated with water throughout the day, and cover up when walking in the sun or swimming underwater. 

Available Healthcare in Fiji 

Healthcare facilities and services are well-equipped in Fiji, with government owned hospitals and medical clinics located in major towns Nadi, Suva, Sigatoka, Lautoka and Savusavu. Private healthcare including dentists, opticians and pharmacists are also available in these towns. Direct payment is required in most cases, including proof of travel insurance for foreign travellers. Expect long waiting times and less readily available healthcare services and facilities as you venture out into outlying islands.
Ba Hospital Nadi Hospital
670 1128
Colonial War Memorial Hospital Suva
331 3444 
Fijicare Medical Centre, Suva
331 3355/331 3461 
Labasa Hospital
881 1444
Lautoka Hospital 
666 0399 
Levuka Hospital 
344 0221 
Nadi Hospital
670 1128 
Namaka Medical Centre, Nadi 
670 1128 
Navua Hospital 
346 0007 
All Care Medical Clinic 
672 0960/920 1835 
Savusavu Hospital 
885 0444 
Sigatoka Hospital
650 0455 
Suva Private Hospital 
330 3404 
Tamavua Hospital, Suva 
332 1066 
Taveuni Hospital 
888 0444 
Vunisea Hospital, Kadavu 
333 6008
Whilst medical services in Fiji are adequate for uncomplicated treatment, it’s recommended that visitors consider extensive travel health insurance with provision for medical evacuation.

Advice for Travellers

Overall, risk of illness and diseases in Fiji is relatively low. The most common health issues for travellers include stomach upsets, diarrhoea, sore throats and skin infections. These can be prevented via strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions or treated with self-medication. If symptoms are severe, always visit the nearest hospital or health clinic.
 
Buy Travel Insurance

Make it a priority to be covered for losses or health incidents during your trip with a comprehensive international travel insurance policy.  Ensure your policy covers for common circumstances, 24-hour emergency number for medical emergencies and evacuation procedures.

 
Reduce Exposure to Germs

Always wash your hands, especially before eating.  Pack/use cleansing wipes and disinfectant hand sanitisers for safeguards, available as waterless gels or lotions. 

 
Eat & Drink Safely

Resort and hotel restaurants take great care to prepare foods and beverages properly for guests. It’s the ‘off the beaten path’ options to watch out for. Beware of raw food, street food vendors, unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables and any unpasteurised dairy products.

 
Stay Hydrated

Fiji’s sun and heat can be relentless. Carry bottled water and stay hydrated consistently throughout the day.

 
Wear Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Apply SPF and topical protection for sun and bugs when going out, particularly on any nature expeditions in sub-tropical Fiji. It’s wise to wear suitable clothing, like long sleeves or pants when exploring the islands, particularly the forests. If sleeping outdoors, always use a bed or mosquito net.

 
Bring Extra Prescription Medicines

Commonly used medication is accessible in Fiji, however some pharmacies will not distribute listed drugs without a prescription from a local practitioner. Any medication you carry to Fiji should be in its original packaging, with an attached prescription clearly labelled with your identification, accompanied by a note from your doctor.


Traveller Health Notices Online

For travel health updates and warnings, visit the online authority in your country before departure.



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