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Tips and Facts – Fiji


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Name of country:

Fiji

Population:

880,000+

Language:

English, Fijian and Hindi

Religion:

Christian (65%) Hindu (28%) Muslim & Sikh (10%)

Currency:

Fijian Dollar (formerly Fijian pound)

Plug types:

World Plug Type I

For more information please go here.

Voltage:

240v

Frequency:

50hz

International phone code:

+679

Time zone:

UTC +12 hours / 1 hour in front Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.

Drives on:

Left

Climate:

Fiji has a warm tropical climate with maximum temperatures rarely moving out of the 31°C (88°F) to 26°C (79°F) range all year round. Southeast trade winds from March to November bring dry weather and the rainy season runs from December to April. On average there are 15 cyclones per decade, and two to four actually cause severe damage. They occur from November to April and with greatest frequency in January and February. Fiji has a wet season, which is characterised by heavy, brief local showers and contributes most of the country’s annual rainfall. The wet season is normally from November to April and results from the southerly movements of the South Pacific Convergence Zone. Typically the smaller islands in Fiji receive less rainfall than the main Island with various amounts according to their location and size. Cyclones do occur in Fiji and are normally confined to wet season.

The best months for holidaying in regards to Fiji weather is late March through to early December.

Visa information:

Australian citizens are not required to obtain a visa prior to leaving but one will be issued upon arrival as long as you meet the criteria explained here. 106 countries are exempt and you find which ones here.

Flight times from Australia:

Direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane take around 4 hours 45 minutes. Adelaide around 5 hours 50 minutes and Perth around 8 hours 30 minutes.

Tipping:

Not required in Fiji but in some resorts it may be customary.

Internet and communication:

Most hotels have internet access albeit sometimes slow. On the outer islands there is virtually no network. Ensure you have adequate USB ports or chargers. Using a phone in a hotel is expensive. The mobile network is good and you can access it via roaming. Sending a letter or postcard is cheap and takes around ten days for an item to arrive at its destination.

Health:

There are mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji such as dengue fever, malaria and two cases of Zika Virus arose in 2015. Speak to your doctor about current prophylaxis. To assist, you should wear clothes that covers your arms and legs. A good quality insect repellent is essential.
There are other known diseases including Hepatitis A & B, HIV/AIDS, diphtheria, tuberculosis, typhoid, tetanus and rabies. Speak to a health professional about requirements. Allow at least four weeks if you require a course of vaccinations. Note: If you are seriously ill, you will most probably be evacuated to Australia. More information here.

HAPPY TRAVELS.

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