Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

ALERT - COVID-19: Do not travel overseas at this time. Due to the difficulty travellers are experiencing returning home, some New Zealanders overseas may need to stay safely where they are....Read more

  • Reviewed: 26 January 2021, 16:17 NZDT
  • Still current at: 28 January 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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Fiji

Crime
Theft and assault have been reported by locals and tourists alike, with most occurring at night and in urban areas. We advise New Zealanders to avoid poorly lit areas at night, particularly in Suva. Women travellers can be subject to sexual harassment and there have been incidents of sexual assault against tourists.

Petty crime against visitors, such as bag snatching has been reported. While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime, such as theft, robbery and home invasion. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Theft of valuables including passports from hotel rooms and vehicles has been reported and particular care should be taken to secure these items. Tourists have been targeted at the main international airports of Nadi and Nausori, with the opportunistic theft of passports and unattended luggage.

There have been spates of credit card fraud in the past in Fiji, including use of credit card skimming devices or other types of data theft. New Zealanders are advised to take extra care when paying with credit cards or withdrawing money from ATMs. This includes covering your PIN number when entering it, keeping your cards safe and carefully checking credit card statements to ensure no fraudulent charges are present.

Political situation
The security situation in Fiji is stable. Fiji has experienced periods of political instability in the past and New Zealand citizens throughout Fiji are advised to avoid demonstrations, street rallies and areas of military exercises and operations. There can be limitations on judicial redress for decisions made by authorities and some media outlets may still be cautious about reporting anti-government views.

General Travel Advice
Modern medical services in Fiji are very limited, we advise New Zealanders travelling or living in Fiji should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Fiji are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Street Address Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, Pratt Street, Suva, Fiji Postal Address PO Box 1378, Suva, Fiji Telephone + 679 331 1422 Fax +679 330 0842 Email NZHC@unwired.com.fj Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Fiji Hours Mon - Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs

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New Zealand High Commission Fiji

Street Address
Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, Pratt Street, Suva, Fiji

Telephone: + 679 331 1422

Fax: +679 330 0842

Email: NZHC@unwired.com.fj

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Fiji

Hours: Mon - Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs

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