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Fiji

Fiji: At a glance

Capital: Suva

Population: 905,502

Official languages: Fijan, English, Fiji Hindi

Time zone: Fiji Standard Time

Emergency #: 9170

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Fiji: Travel Health Information

Fiji is known for its beaches, wildlife, and ecotourism attractions. Popular attractions include the Somosomo strait, waterfalls in Naveria Heights, and snorkeling in the Beqa Lagoon.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Fiji may differ from your home country. Fiji has a public healthcare system and a small number of private providers. Healthcare services in Suva meet international standards, but the quality of care is limited in rural or remote regions. Private facilities typically meet a higher standard than public facilities, which can suffer from staff shortages. In remote areas healthcare facilities can be far away and require travel, which in some cases can take hours.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Fiji typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to New Zealand may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Fiji.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are available in urban areas but access may be limited in rural or remote regions. Some medicines may not be available in Fiji, so you should bring an adequate supply of essential medicine for your trip. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Fiji’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas are generally paved but may be poorly maintained. Roads in rural or remote regions may also be poorly maintained. Drivers and passengers in vehicles must wear a seat belt at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet at all times. In Fiji, traffic drives on the left.



Fiji: At a glance

Capital: Suva

Population: 905,502

Official languages: Fijan, English, Fiji Hindi

Time zone: Fiji Standard Time

Emergency #: 9170

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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