Travel Insurance for Fiji
Made up of two large islands and more than 300 smaller islands, Fiji is a popular destination for eco-tourism, scuba diving, wedding parties, and honeymoons. Also known as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji has managed to balance a thriving tourism industry with environmentalism, allowing luxury, 5-star resorts without impacting on the pristine, tropical surroundings. But irrespective of whether your trip to Fiji includes stays in a hostel, a luxury hotel, or an island hopping cruise, travel insurance is something your plans should always provide for.
How long is the flight from Sydney to Fiji?
Flights from Sydney to Fiji typically take from just under 4-hours, to a little over 7-hours. The flight duration is influenced by factors such as whether you are on a direct flight, and whether you are flying to the main island of Viti Levu, or one of the outer islands. Flying from Melbourne, Australia you can expect a flight durations from 5-hours, to more than 13-hours, while flights from Perth, Australia average from just under 10-hours long, to a little more than 16-hours.
Do you need a visa for Fiji?
Australians travelling to Fiji for tourism don't need a visa. A visitor visa will be issued on your arrival, provided your stay is for less than 4-months, and you can provide proof of accommodation confirmation, and hold a return ticket. If you intend staying for longer than 4-months, or are visiting for reasons other than tourism, you will need to contact the Embassy or Consulate of Fiji for advice.
Is Fiji safe?
For the most part, travel to Fiji is safe, but visitors are always advised to exercise normal safety precautions. These include monitoring your bank and credit card transactions for fraudulent transactions, not carrying an excessive amount of cash with you, and not wearing flashy jewellery, watches, and electronic devices. Kava, a local traditional drink, has potential health risks, including liver toxicity, along with dangerous interactions with alcohol and many prescription medications.
Fiji can also be affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, and landslides as a result of severe weather and cyclones. Cyclone season lasts from November to April, but cyclones can occur outside of this period too. Having the right travel insurance will offer some protection against any of your belongings being lost or stolen, along with cover for short-notice cancellations or change of travel plans as a result of severe weather and other unexpected conditions.
Do you need shots to go to Fiji?
It is recommended that Australians travelling to Fiji get vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid. The typical flu shot offers some protection against influenza for up to a year, so if it has been longer than 12-months since you last had a flu shot, you may want to also consider getting one. Many vaccinations only become effective after six to eight weeks, so schedule a visit to your healthcare provider at least two months before your departure date. Your healthcare provider would also be able to recommend any other shots that may be required due to new outbreaks of certain illnesses. Your travel insurance won’t cover the costs of these vaccinations, but it will cover the costs of many medical treatments – including hospitalisation or medical evacuation – you may need while in Fiji. Any traveller runs the risk of falling ill or being injured while visiting a foreign country, and the costs for medical treatment can be quite high. Without travel insurance, all these costs will be carried by you, and can easily ruin the rest of your holiday.
What is illegal in Fiji?
All forms of public nudity are illegal in Fiji, including sunbathing or swimming topless. While the legal drinking age in Fiji is 18-years, it is illegal to be intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol at airports and on planes, so limit your alcohol intake on your flight to Fiji. Although homosexuality was decriminalised in 2010, it remains a culturally sensitive area that LGBT travellers should be aware of, especially when travelling through rural areas.
The drug laws in Fiji are also very strict, and being in possession of any amount of marijuana could see you saddled with a fine, and being imprisoned for at least 3-months. Fiji also has strict laws regarding controlled drugs such as codeine and morphine, and if any of your medications include these you will need to apply for approval from the Fiji Ministry of Health. For all other prescription medications it is always a good idea to have a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are, what they are treating, and what the dosage is. Finally, keep all medications, vitamins, and supplements in the original packaging to avoid questions and delays about what they are.
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