Fiji Travellers Tips

Airports
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is situated 9km north of Nadi town.
Nausori International Airport (SUV) is situated 23km northeast of downtown Suva. Fiji's international airline is Air Pacific, www.airpacific.com

Banks and Financial Services
ANZ, Colonial and Westpac provide ATM facilities in the main centres throughout Viti Levu. The ANZ Contact Centre is open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, ANZ Phone Banking (24hrs 7 days a week). Freephone 132 411. The Bank of Baroda has branches in all main centres and the Bank of South Pacific has a branch in Suva and Nadi.

 ANZ Location  Phone (679) 
 25 Victoria Parade   Suva  132 411/321 3000
 Airport Concourse     Nadi  672 0149
   
Bank of Baroda      Location Phone(679)
Marks Street      Suva  331 1402
Queens Road  Nadi  670 0333
     
Bank of South Pacific Location  Phone (679) 
98 Renwick Road      Suva  330 4011 
Main Street      Nadi  670 5111 
     
Colonial      Location  Phone (679) 
3 Central Street  Suva  132 888 (all branches & departments) 
Ratanji Bldg  Nadi Town  670 0988 
Airport Central  Namaka  672 8955 
     
Westpac      Location  Phone (679) 
Thomson Street      Suva 132 032 (all branches & departments) 
Main Street  Nadi  670 0077 
Namaka Lane  Namaka  672 2766 
Denarau Marina  Port Denarau  675 0381 

Normal banking hours are as follows:

ANZ 9.30am - 4.00pm 
Bank of Baroda  9.30am - 3.00pm, Monday - Thursday 
  9.30am - 4.00pm, Friday 
Bank of South Pacific 9.00am - 4.00pm 
Colonial  Suva Central Branch, Nadi Town and Lautoka: 9.30am - 4.00pm, Monday; 9.00am - 4.00pm 
Westpac  Denarau Branch: 8.30am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday; 8.30am - 1.00pm Saturday; 
  Other branches: 9.30am - 4.00pm Monday; 9.00am - 3.00pm Tuesday & Wednesday; 9.00am to 4.00pm Thursday & Friday 
  Cumming Street and MHCC in Suva: 8.00am - 2.00pm, Saturday 

Business Hours
Shopping hours are generally Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm with Friday closing at 6pm. Saturday business hours are from 8am to 1pm.

Climate
During the drier winter months of May to November, visitors can expect fine warm days. In the wetter summer months of December to April, the humidity is higher and nights and days are warmer. The interior of the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu experience cooler night-time temperatures.

Clothing
Dress is generally casual although evening dining may require something slightly more formal. A jacket or sweater may be required for cooler evenings. Topless or nude sunbathing is not permitted. Skimpy beachwear is not acceptable outside the resort, on local beaches or in towns. Dress modestly when visiting a village, and remove all hats and headgear.

Communications

  • Postal services in Fiji are provided through Post Fiji’s 57 outlets, located around the country. Business hours are 8am-4pm on weekdays, and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. Post Offices are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Selected Post Offices also retail stationery and groceries.
  • Full international phone and internet services are available including telephone, fax, internet and email services, and a mobile cellular phone network through Vodafone, Inkk & Digicel. The international country code for Fiji is 679. There are no area codes.
  • Telecom Fiji provides the local telephone services. Pay phones are located in urban centres with telephone cards available from post offices, service stations and the outer islands. Domestic calls cost about 20 cents per/min; local calls (Suva area) are 12 cents per/min.

Currency
The currency used is the Fiji dollar.
Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c & $1.
Notes: $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.
There is no limit to the amount of money that can be brought into the country.

Duty Free Allowances
Each passenger of 17 years or more may bring the following goods into Fiji:
250 cigarettes or 250gm tobacco or 250 cigars.
2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres wine or 4.5 litres beer.
Other goods to the value of F$400 per passenger.

Electricity

The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts, AC 50hz. Fiji has 3-pin power outlets like New Zealand and Australia. Leading hotels and resorts offer power outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc. Leading hotels and resorts offer power outlets for 240v or 110v shavers, hair dryers, etc.

Health
Health services within Fiji are limited. If staying at a resort, the resort management should be first point of contact.

Health Centre/Hospitals  Phone (679) 
Ba Hospital  667 4300 
Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva  331 3444 
Fijicare Medical Centre, 123 Amy St, 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  650 0455 
Suva Private Hospital  330 3404 
Tamavua Hospital, Suva  332 1066 
Taveuni Hospital  888 0444 
Vunisea Hospital, Kadavu  333 6008 

A full list of chemists and pharmacies is in the Yellow Pages under 'Chemists'.
A full list of doctors is available in the Fiji Telephone Directory on page 3.

Immigration
A passport must be valid for a minimum of three months beyond your intended stay in Fiji.  Nationals from a few countries will require a pre-arrival visa, visit www.immigration.gov.fj for more information.

Internet Cafés
Most resorts and hotels, including backpackers, provide access to the internet. Esquires Coffee House at Nadi International Airport has internet access at ISDN speeds, and is open 24 hours. The café is open to the public as well as ticketed passengers, phone (679) 672 6888. Post Fiji has offers internet cafés at its Suva, Nausori and downtown Lautoka agencies (8am-4pm).

Money Exchange Services
Resorts will exchange currency and main resorts, hotels and shops take the major credit cards, but markets, taxis, buses and smaller accommodation places take Fiji dollars only. The Outer Islands have no ATMs and some Outer Island resorts do not accept credit cards.

Taxes
All purchases in Fiji attract a 12.5% VAT charge. Visitors staying in hotels and resorts are subject to 5% Hotel Turnover Tax (HTT).  The price charged is generally inclusive of VAT unless stated otherwise.

Time (local)
12 hours ahead of GMT (sharing the timezone with New Zealand) and 20 hours ahead of US Pacific Time.  Fiji observes daylight saving during the summer months (ending late April).

Visitor Information
Tourism Fiji's Head Office is located in Nadi, Suite 107, Colonial Plaza, Namaka, phone (679) 672 2433.
Visit Tourism Fiji at www.fijime.com or order your Jasons Fiji Islands Visitor Map or Fiji Islands Visitor Guide from www.jasons.com/guides/South-Pacific/