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Fiji Travel Requirements

Time Zones / Business Hours
Fiji time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Customary office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with an hour lunch usually between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Getting Around
From Nadi, a variety of Fijian domestic air carriers provide service to smaller islands. A current driver's license from your country of residence or an international driving permit is all that is needed to drive in Fiji. Fijians drive on the left side of the road. Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and locally-owned rental car companies are represented at hotels, Nadi International Airport, Suva, Lautoka and other centers. Taxis are plentiful. Travel is cheap and enjoyable aboard open-air buses on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau. Ferries operate from Viti Levu to many of the outer islands.

Electricity / Water
Throughout Fiji, the electrical current is 240 volts/50 cycles. Most hotels have a 110 volt converter for razors and hair dryers. Drinking water in Fiji is treated, however we would advise boiling the water first or preferably drinking bottled water.

Medical Facilities
Hospitals are located in Fiji's main centers. There is a minimal hospital charge for patients who are not citizens of Fiji. Private medical practitioners, dentists and opticians are listed in the telephone directory. Most pharmacies are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Emergency Contacts
Dial 000 in all main towns and cities for emergency fire, police or ambulance calls. Aqua-Trek Dive Travel Services in Fiji: Phone (679) 702-413, Fax (679) 702-412. The American Embassy in Suva: Phone(679) 314-466, Fax (679) 300-081.

Fiji is serviced by major commercial banks such as ANZ Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of Hawaii, National Bank of Fiji and Westpac Banking Corporation. Note: National Bank of Fiji is the only bank in Taveuni and credit card cash advances are not available on the island. Normal banking hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with late closing on Friday at 4:00 p.m. ANZ Bank operates a 24-hour service at Nadi International Airport. Legal tender is the Fijian dollar. Other main world currencies and most major credit cards are accepted. Tipping is not encouraged but you can leave a gratuity for excellent service if you wish.

Most stores, food markets and handicraft shops are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is no trading on Sunday. Bargaining is quite acceptable among shopkeepers and stallholders, but not in major department stores, grocery stores, hotels or resorts where prices are set.

Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji but, if you want to, you may do so at your own discretion.

Credit Cards
You can use the following credit cards. Visa, Mastercards, JCB(Japanese Credit Bureau) Cards, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted.

Telecom fiji limited provides local telephone services while Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd(FINTEL)provides international services.The IDD code for Fiji is 679.


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