Passport & Visas

Entry & Departure Requirements for Fiji

 

Get to know what’s expected of visitors ahead of time, so you can arrive and depart from island paradise with peace of mind.

Passports & Immigration

All visitors travelling to Fiji are required to present the following documents at immigration clearance:

  • A passport that’s valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Fiji
  • Return ticket to country of residence or citizenship
  • Completed and signed immigrations Arrival Card
  • Confirmed address in Fiji (hotel or resort accommodation is fine)
  • Visa Approval Letter from the Fiji Department of Immigration if the traveller is NOT a citizen of these visa-exempt countries

Visas

Citizens from visa exempted countries are NOT required to obtain a visa when travelling to Fiji. A free tourist visa for four months is granted on arrival. This list covers more than 100 countries and includes Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, and most EU member states.

Citizens who are excluded from the visa exempted countries MUST apply for a visitor’s visa through a Fijian embassy abroad prior to arrival. It usually takes 3 working days to process visa applications from the date of receipt by the Visa Officer. However always factor in delays and contingencies, and submit your visa application well ahead of time. Once approved, you will receive a visa approval letter with information on validity of the visa and duration of the stay in Fiji.

Work permits are required if you intend to study, live and work in Fiji. For visa extensions, apply through Fiji’s Department of Immigration.

Visitors travelling by sea and arrival by boat are subject to the same visa requirements as those arriving by plane.

Customs Regulations & Restricted Items

Fiji Customs operates a Dual Channel System – the Red and Green Channels – for clearance of travellers arriving by air.

Visitors travelling to Fiji are not permitted to bring in any of the following without a license or permit from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries:

  • Seeds
  • Vegetable matter
  • Animals or animal product
  • Meat or dairy produce
 

Visitors departing Fiji are not permitted to take the following items out of the country without a license or permit from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries:

  • Pottery shards
  • Shells (turtle shells, coral, trochus shells, giant clamshells)

Prohibited Drugs and Utensils

It is a serious offence to smuggle drugs into Fiji. Severe penalties including fines and imprisonment will be imposed on offenders.
 
Prohibited drugs in Fiji include but are not limited to:

  • Raw or prepared opium
  • Indian hemp
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  • Synthetic drugs
  • Drug utensils including bongs, hash/head pipes, hookahs, roach clips, opium pipes
  • Other prohibited and narcotic drugs listed in the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.

Prohibited Firearms and Weapons

It is prohibited to bring in certain weapons such as flick knives (switchblades), swordsticks, knuckle-dusters and any weapon designed to appear as something else. Importing firearms is restricted and subject to import permits from Fiji Police. You must declare any firearms or weapons for safe-keeping with a Fiji Customs Officer on arrival, licensed or not.

For more information, see Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority. 


Tourist VAT Refund Scheme

Tourists can claim a refund of Value Added Tax (VAT) paid on certain goods purchased in Fiji and taken out of Fiji via Nadi International Airport or Suva Wharf as the final port of departure to a foreign destination.

 To be eligible for a VAT refund, you must satisfy all the following:

  • Spend a minimum of F$500 (VAT Inclusive) in any of the approved licensed retailer outlets during your stay in Fiji and take the goods out of Fiji within 2 months from the date of purchase.
  • Carry the goods with you as check-in baggage or hand luggage.
  • Purchase the goods from an approved licensed retailer. You must ask the retailer for a refund form and a tax invoice(s) for goods purchased.

For more information on the VAT Scheme and its conditions, click here.

 



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