Safety in Fiji

Most expats have no reason to be overly concerned about safety in Fiji, as it is a very popular and accommodating destination. However, much of the country is still developing, and therefore common sense and basic safety precautions are always recommended.  

Crime in Fiji

Expats moving to Fiji should be aware that some parts of the country have high crime rates. Most of the crime that takes place in Fiji is petty, and therefore expats can ensure their safety by being cautious. 
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Much of the criminal activity in Fiji stems from its wealth gap.

Robbery, theft and crime have been known to occur in Fiji and expats have often fallen victim to these incidents. While most of the crime is opportunistic, foreigners are advised to be vigilant and avoid displaying valuables. 

Expats are advised to avoid walking around at night.

Civil unrest in Fiji

Fiji has been relatively calm over the last few years, but residents live in constant anticipation of civil unrest and the potential for political violence cannot be completely ruled out. Expats are advised to be security-conscious and avoid any political demonstrations or large gatherings. It is also best to avoid areas where military activity is taking place, especially in and around the Fijian capital of Suva.

Safety on public transport in Fiji

Public transport in Fiji can be risky for both security and safety reasons.  There are frequent crimes directed against taxi drivers, so expats using private taxis in Fiji should avoid allowing taxi drivers to pick up other passengers en route. Furthermore, expats should avoid using taxis that are already carrying other passengers.
Minibus, bus and taxi drivers rarely adhere to normal traffic laws in Fiji, which makes travelling on the roads dangerous. 
Foreigners should avoid driving wherever possible. Those that do choose to get behind the wheel should drive defensively. While road conditions in urban areas of Fiji are of a decent standard, in rural areas conditions are poor. 

Cyclones in Fiji

The Pacific cyclone season runs from November to April. On average there are nine tropical cyclones per season. Cyclones vary in intensity and the damage and destruction they cause.
In the event of a cyclone warning, expats are advised to follow the instructions of the local authorities. In most cases the damage caused by a cyclone in Fiji will be limited and people will simply be advised to seek shelter indoors until the bad weather passes.

Health hazards in Fiji

Expats moving to Fiji will be pleased to learn that there are no major health hazards in the country. However, travellers and expats are advised to make sure that their vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis-A and hepatitis-B are up-to-date.
While Fiji has its fair share of mosquitos, these do not carry any endemic diseases such as malaria. However, occasionally Fiji will experience an outbreak of dengue fever. Regardless, expats are advised to taking the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, such as using repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net.

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