Fiji — Visas and Vaccinations
Travelers from a range of Western and Asian countries, including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Japan do not need visas to enter Fiji. A visitor permit is granted to most travelers, which lasts for four months from the day of arrival. It is possible to extend this permit. For extension costs and other Fiji visa related information, visitors can browse: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cispatw/cis/cis_1114.html.
Health and Safety
For visitors who aren’t use to strong sunshine, Fiji will be quite the experience. When sightseeing the islands and cities of this Pacific nation, it is best to wear sunscreen and protect the skin from sunburn as much as possible. Nothing is more depressing than getting toasty red on the first day of a Fijian holiday and subsequently spending the next few days in the shade with painful blisters.
Fiji’s political turmoil means rule of law has been put on the backburner somewhat. This has led to a small increase in crime in the large cities, especially after dark. Even though the resort areas are safe any time of the day, places like Nadi and Suva require caution at night. Muggings and robberies are not uncommon.
Unfortunately, drowning is a common issue in Fiji, mostly because tourists fail to take precautions when swimming around the islands. Always swim with another person and don’t stray far from the coast. If diving and snorkeling, do so with another diver or a group.