SAFETY AND SECURITY
Petty crime, such as theft from hotel rooms and purse snatching, is common.
Theft and assault, including armed and sexual assault, may occur.
- Be particularly vigilant at night in urban areas
- Do not show signs of affluence, and be cautious when exchanging money at hotels or withdrawing money from ATMs or banks
- Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country.
Roads are adequate in major cities but poor in rural areas.
Stay on main roads; avoid secondary roads.
Roadside assistance is not widely available. Avoid driving outside of major cities after dark.
Road hazards may include pedestrians, domestic or wild animals, lack of signage and poor lighting. Vehicles are generally poorly maintained.
Use taxis and minibuses with yellow registration plates, which denote compliance with Land Transport Authority regulations. Unlicensed minibuses may not be insured. Do not share taxis with strangers.
Travel by boat or ferry on coastal waters and inter-island trips should be undertaken only with a reputable tour company. If you are contemplating sea journeys, check weather reports before heading out.
Latest local weather reports – Fiji Meteorological Service
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
General information about foreign domestic airlines
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION
- Do not walk alone after dark
- Avoid large gatherings, demonstrations of any size
- Always avoid military installations and personnel
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
If you intend on hiking:
- never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
- know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
- obtain detailed information on trekking routes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails
Riptides can be dangerous along the reefs and river estuaries. Seek local advice, as several drownings have occurred. If you participate in water-based activities, use a reputable company and ensure that its equipment meets safety requirements.