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Reviewed: 18 December 2012, 12:48 NZDT
Still current at: 24 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Fiji due to the unresolved political situation and deterioration in the rule of law following the December 2006 military coup and we advise caution.
Fiji is currently ruled by decree which gives the police and military extensive powers. The military maintains effective control of a number of government departments and statutory authorities, including the police. There continue to be examples of a deteriorating respect for the rule of law in Fiji. Public gatherings of three or more persons may be subject to police scrutiny.
Currently Fiji is calm but a rapid deterioration to the situation, including the potential for civil disorder and violence, cannot be ruled out. New Zealand citizens in Fiji should be security conscious at all times, avoiding any demonstrations, large gatherings and areas of military activity, especially in and around the capital Suva. We recommend New Zealanders in Fiji maintain a low profile.
New Zealand citizens have previously been detained and deported by the military-led government in Fiji.
There are indications that crime levels are increasing in Fiji. Robbery, theft and incidents of assault have been reported by locals and tourists alike, with most occurring at night and in urban areas. New Zealanders are advised to take particular care with cash and credit cards, especially when using Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs).
Tourists are often targeted upon arrival at the main international airports of Nadi and Nausori, with the opportunistic theft of passports and unattended luggage. Personal belongings should not be left unattended - including in locked vehicles - as they present an easy target for the opportunistic criminal.
General travel advice
We recommend New Zealanders in Fiji, or those planning to visit, monitor New Zealand media to stay informed of changes to the security situation. New Zealanders in Fiji should also ensure their travel documents are kept up to date and are easily accessible.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Fiji should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Fiji are strongly encouraged to register/update their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, Pratt
Street, Suva, Fiji
Postal Address PO Box 1378, Suva, Fiji
Telephone + 679 331 1422 Facsimile +679 330 0842
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0830-1630 hrs