FIJI

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Country Description: Fiji returned to parliamentary government following elections in May 1992. It has a developing economy, and tourist facilities are available,

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information about entry requirements, travelers, particularly those who plan to enter by sailing vessel, may contact the Embassy of Fiji, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., No. 240, Washington, D.C., 20007; telephone: (202)337-8320, or the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Medical Facilities: Health care facilities in Fiji are adequate for routine medical problems. Two major hospitals, the Lautoka Hospital in the city of Lautoka, and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, provide emergency and outpatient services. Other hospitals and clinics provide only a limited range of health services. Serious medical emergencies may be referred to Australia, New Zealand or the United States. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. The Medicare/Medicaid Program does not provide payment for medical services outside of the United States. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Supplemental medical insurance which specifically covers treatment in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand and includes a provision for medical evacuation may prove useful. The international travelers' hotline of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tel. (404)332-4559, has additional useful health information. Internet address is: http://www.cdc.gov/.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: The crime rate in Fiji's resort and tourist areas is low, although criminal activity in major urban areas is on the rise. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the Department of State Pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad." It is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Aviation Oversight: As a result of an assessment conducted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in July 1994, the FAA has found the Government of Fiji's civil aviation authority to be in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Fiji air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1-800-322-7873.

Criminal Penalties: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and do not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating the law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines

Road Safety: Traffic moves on the left in Fiji. While most roads in urban areas are paved, roads outside the city frequently are not. Animals and unwary pedestrians walking in the roads make night driving on unlit secondary roads hazardous.

Registration/Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, and may obtain updated information on travel and security there. The U.S. Embassy in Fiji is located at 31 Loftus Street in the capital city of Suva. The telephone number is: (679) 314-466, and the fax number is (679) 300-081.

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