Last update 04 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Fiji
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Fiji. Bulgarian citizens staying on the territory of Fiji can seek assistance from our Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Canberra, Australia
Address: 29 Pindari Crescent, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606
Mailing address: P.O.Box 6096 Mawson, ACT 2607 Canberra, Australia
Telephone: +612 62869700
Fax: +612 62869600
Emergency telephone number: +614 3800 5187
Working hours of the Embassy: 09:00 – 17:30
Opening hours of the Consular Office: 09.30 – 12.30
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of Fiji in the Kingdom of Belgium
The risk in terms of security and crime is higher in cities. Check with your hotel in advance to see if there are any areas you should avoid. Pickpocketing and theft of items from hotel rooms are common crimes against tourists. Be particularly careful with personal documents and belongings. Avoid walking alone in the dark (especially the ladies), particularly in isolated and desert areas. If you use a taxi, do not let the driver pick up other passengers and do not get into a taxi that is already carrying other passengers.
The level of healthcare and service in the hospital facilities of Fiji is generally not up to European standards. Since January 2008, there have been periodic outbreaks of typhoid fever, including lethal outcomes. Common diseases in Fiji are typhoid, hepatitis, leptospirosis, tuberculosis, measles and parotitis. It is recommended to boil drinking water or to drink bottled water, to avoid ice cubes, raw or convenience food. Take extra care when eating fish — ciguatera (poisoning caused by eating reef fish) is a danger in Fiji. Take the necessary measures against mosquitoes (sprays, lotions, mosquito nets.)
Since the beginning of 2019, there has been some increase in measles (smallpox) cases in Australia and New Zealand. While the risk is relatively low in these two countries, the situation is considerably more serious in other countries in the region, especially in Samoa, where a state of emergency has been declared. A sudden increase in measles cases has also been recorded in Tonga and Fiji. The Solomon Islands authorities have introduced a number of requirements for travellers to the country in order to prevent the spread of the disease within its territory. More information on this topic can be found at the following link: https://www.mfa.bg/bg/situationcenter/23742.
Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:
Vaccines against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, mumps and rubella, as well as tetanus-diphtheria are recommended.
Specifics of the local legislation:
According to Fijian legislation, it is illegal if a person is found to be under the influence of alcohol at the airports and in the airplanes. Intoxicated passengers who have arrived by plane can be detained by the police still at the airport. If you get arrested, ask the police to contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Canberra or the nearest consulate or embassy of a European Union Member State.
The attitude towards homosexual acts is complex, having been decriminalised since 1 February 2010.
All prohibited or restricted goods must be declared on entry. A list of prohibited or restricted goods can be found HERE. Further details are available on the Fiji Revenue and Customs and Service website at http://www.frca.org.fj/arriving-in-fiji/.
A Travel Declaration Form must be completed upon arrival in Fiji. It should be borne in mind that the consequences of incorrect, erroneous or inaccurate information can lead to heavy fines, imprisonment or both.
There are two corridors at the Fiji Customs — red and green. The red one is used when you are carrying prohibited or restricted goods or taxable goods in excess of the quantities you can import duty-free. The green corridor is used in all other cases. Your luggage may be checked by customs regardless of whether you use the red or green corridor, in such case you should open your luggage for inspection.
You can import unlimited amounts of foreign currency, which shall be declared in all cases, as well as items for personal use as follows:
• up to 500 cigarettes or combination of tobacco products with weight up to 500 g
• 2 litres of alcohol (hard liquor) or 4 litres of wine or beer or a combination thereof, without exceeding the limit for each separate product.
• Gifts up to 500 Fijian dollars can be imported duty free.
Export: free export of goods (other than alcohol and cigarettes) which should not the sum of 400 Fijian dollars. It is allowed foreign currency to be exported up to the amount declared on entry. When leaving Fiji, passengers, except children under 12 years of age, are required to pay a departure tax of 20 Fijian dollars.
Traffic shall be in the left lane of the roadway. The roads are being reconstructed, they are narrow and with lots of turns. Driving at night is not recommended. You should strictly observe the speed limits. It is 50 km/h in the urban areas and 80 km/h outside them. Particular caution should be paid when you drive around urban areas as local residents walk extremely close to motor vehicles and sometimes sit alone or in groups on the road. Seat belts are mandatory. Driving under the influence of alcohol leads to arrest for clarification of the circumstances and further sampling.
It is recommended to be extremely cautious when travelling to the capital Suva, where there is more criminal activity and possible riots. Criminal incidents have increased recently (robbery, pickpocketing, rape). Avoid walking at night. Women are advised not to visit isolated beaches alone. Their clothing should be tailored to local traditions when outside hotel centres.
The local currency is the Fijian dollar.
1 Fijian dollar = BGN 0.87
1 Fijian dollar = EUR 0.44
1 Fijian dollar = USD 0.49
The climate is tropical, oceanic and humid. Average monthly temperatures are around 25 degrees in winter (May to November) and around 31 degrees in summer (December to April). The rainy season in Fiji is from November to March, usually around the same time as the hurricane season (November to April). The water temperature is about 26 degrees throughout the year.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens may travel to Fiji with an international passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of leaving the country. On presentation of return or onward tickets, and on proof of sufficient funds upon arrival, an entry permit with a maximum term of validity up to four months shall be granted. As a rule, it is possible to extend the residence permit for a further two months provided that you have filed the application for extending your stay before the expiry of the allowed period of stay.
It is recommended that you take with you your civil marriage certificate (when travelling with a spouse) and the birth certificates for your children.
European Emergency Travel Document
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens staying on the territory of Fiji can apply for an Emergency Travel Document to a diplomatic mission of an EU Member State in Fiji.