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Facts about Fiji
Your stay here in the Fiji Islands should be an enjoyable one - a hassle free one. So to help you accomplish that goal - we have compiled some information about Fiji that we hope will help make your holiday a truly magical experience.

Fiji’s 333 plus islands are located between 15 and 22 degrees south latitude and 177 west to 175-east latitude, with a total area of about 18,376 square kilometres. The three main islands are Viti Levu (where the capital Suva is located), Vanua Levu and Taveuni. The 180-degree meridian cuts across three places in Fiji (Udu Point, Rabi Island and Taveuni - all in Vanua Levu) - which means that Fiji is the first country in the world to see the dawn of each new day. Fiji is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Fiji has a tropical climate and its driest period is between May and November when the cooling southeast trade winds blow. This is also Fiji’s winter/cold season. December to April is Fiji’s wet season (also Fiji’s summer season). Maximum summer temperatures average 30’Celsius (86’F) and the mean minimum is 23’ Celsius (73’F). The average winter temperature maximum is 26’ Celsius (79’F) and the mean minimum is 20’ Celsius (68’F).
Fiji is a multi-cultural and multi-racial country. The nation’s population as at 2002 was about 826,281. Fijians comprise 53.4 per cent of the total population, Indians 39.7 per cent, with the balance made up of Rotumans, Chinese, Part-Europeans, Europeans and other Pacific Islanders. Fiji’s population grew at an annual average of 1.3 per cent between 2000-2002. Of this 826,281, about 53 per cent live in rural areas. Whilst indigenous Fijians are usually classed as Melanesians, they are actually a mixture of both Polynesian and Melanesian elements. Fiji Indians are mostly descendants of Indian labourers brought by the British to work in the sugar plantations during Fiji’s Indenture period, which ended in 1916.
The official language is English with Fijian and Hindi being used widely. Fijian dialects differ between regions.
Religion plays an important part in Fiji where the main religions are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
Air and sea ports
Nadi is the main international airport but Nausori is also used as an international airport. There are several domestic airports throughout the country. Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is by air and sea.
The major ports are Suva, Lautoka, Levuka and Malau (of Vanua Levu). Suva is the largest. Lautoka is the main port for Western Viti Levu and has facilities for bulk loading of sugar and pine chips.

Arrival And Entry requirements
You must have a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. In the aircraft arrival forms are given which must be filled prior to landing. The government regulations in Fiji require two checks before entering the country; one is the immigration check and the other is the customs and quarantine checks.

At the immigration area you are required to give your passport with your arrival forms to the immigration officials.

Proceed to the customs and quarantine hall for checks after collecting the luggage from the baggage hall. Regulations require all luggages to go through the baggage screening machines regardless of whether or not there are goods to declare.

All items specified in the Customs Declaration form, which is a separate section on the Arrivals Form, will have to be declared. This along with your passport is to be handed to the Quarantine Officials once you reach the counter. Duty free shopping and banking services are available in the Customs and Quarantine Hall.

More information can be obtained from the Airport Information desk which is situated at the Arrival Concourse once you leave the customs and quarantine hall.

Permits are granted on arrival for four months and may be extended for up to six months. Permits are granted to people wishing to visit, reside or work in Fiji. Work permits need to be approved by the Immigration Office. Special permits of up to three years can be granted to investors.



Customs requirements
Only the following items may be brought in duty free:
I) Cigarettes, not exceeding 500 sticks II) ii. Cigars, not exceeding 500 net weight iii) iii. Tobacco, not exceeding 500g net weight iv)v. Spirituous liquors, not exceeding 2.25 ltrs v) lvi. Wine not exceeding 4.45 ltrs vi) vii. Beer not exceeding 4.45 ltrs or vii) ix. Other dutiable goods, not exceeding F$400.00 in value.

For further information ring the Customs Department on (679) 6722 191 or 3302 322, Fax: (679) 6720557.


Departure requirements

All passengers boarding flights will be required to report at one of the check in counters for the respective flight.
To check-in, passengers must present a plane ticket for the flight and a valid passport with a visa depending on the country you are visiting or your nationality.
Special regulations apply to baggage passengers transport when they travel. It is important to be aware of the rules that apply to baggage especially bulky luggage.

The free check-in baggage limit included in air tickets is 20kg (44lbs) per person. Excess baggage regulations vary from airline to airline. Relevant rates can be found through your travel agent or airline before flights and one piece hand baggage is permitted into the aircraft with the boarding passenger.

Before boarding the aircraft there will be security checks, immigration check, another security check and a boarding pass check before you can enter the aircraft.

Visitors are required to pay a departure tax of $F20 when leaving the country. Children under 12 are exempt.

Fiji’s media includes free-to-air and pay television, 11 radio stations, three daily English newspapers, two weekly vernacular newspapers, news and business magazines. Various public relations and advertising firms also operate locally. All publications are printed locally. Colour processing and colour separations services are also available.

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