Safety & Legal Matters

Safe Travels in Fiji

 

Fiji is a very safe travel destination however, it’s wise for travellers to be aware of the laws and customs, to guarantee a safe and pleasant trip. No matter where you turn, always stay alert, exercise caution and follow basic safety tips.

Know the Laws

All travellers visiting Fiji are subject to local laws and can be prosecuted accordingly if an offence is committed.

  • Fiji’s legal age of consent is 16 and legal drinking age is 18.
  • Intoxication is illegal on a plane or at the airport (take care en route and upon arrival).
  • Public nudity is illegal (including swimming or sunbathing topless).
  • Prostitution is illegal.
  • Personal medications need prescriptions.
  • Possession and use of illicit drugs are illegal and can lead to hefty fines or jail time.
  • Taxis are required by law to have a running meter on at all times.

Safety in Fiji


 
 
Crime

Violent crime and personal assault is rare in Fiji but travellers should still be cautious at all times, especially in urban areas like downtown Suva or near bus stations. Avoid walking alone at night and do not carry valuables that may draw unwanted attention. If you are a victim to theft or any crime, contact the police emergency number on 917.

 
Driving

You don’t need an international permit to drive in Fiji – a license from any English-speaking country will suffice. Vehicles drive on the left side of the road and seat belts must be worn by law. It is illegal to eat or drink while driving, and mobile phones can only be used hands-free. The blood alcohol limit is 0.08 and general speeding limits are 50km/h. Outside of major towns like Suva or Nadi, roads on Fijian islands are primitive and poorly lit. Avoid driving at night and take extra caution to watch out for potholes, stray animals and pedestrians.

 
Local Operators

Most adventure sports and tour operators in Fiji provide adequate safety equipment for visitors and customers, including seatbelts and lifejackets. If an operator refuses to provide these safety measures, don’t risk it and opt for another service instead.  This is particularly important for water activities like safari jet skiing, diving and kayaking.

 
Money & Petty Theft

Petty theft and burglaries can happen, so adopt common sense to keep your belongings safe. Don’t wear expensive jewellery or flash valuable goods openly in public. Use the safe in your hotel or keep important documents like your passport with you as you travel. Shield your PIN from sight every time you withdraw cash from ATMS or use your credit card.

 
LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality is legal in Fiji however it’s not widely accepted due to the socially conservative nature of the country. Excessive public displays of affection can be considered offensive and is frowned upon. Whilst there are laws banning discrimination of sexual orientation and gender identity, same-sex marriages are currently not recognised in Fijian family law. As a result, visiting gay couples are unable to marry in Fiji.

 
Tropical Cyclones

Fiji is prone to cyclones and potential flooding during the wet season (November-April). If your travel dates match this period, check in with your hotel or resort on safety procedures ahead of time. During a cyclone, stay calm and always follow instructions from local authorities and resort staff.


Emergency Numbers in Fiji

The international dialling code for Fiji is + 679. There are no area codes for different islands or towns, and all numbers are seven digits (including land line and mobile). 

For outgoing international calls, always include the code 00, followed by the relevant country code.

  • Emergency (Fire & Ambulance) – 911
  • Police – 917
  • International Access Code – 00
  • International Directory Assistance – 022
  • Fiji Visitor’s Bureau – 0800 721 721 (24-hour, toll-free emergency line)

Embassies & Consulates in Fiji

In the event of a dispute or legal confrontation in Fiji, travellers have the right to contact their embassy or consulate for advice. 

Here’s a short list of consulate websites in Fiji for easy reference.


If you would like to see if your country has a consular contact in Fiji, check EmbassyPages.com



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