Australians and 100 other nationalities do not require a visa for a stay of four months, so long so they have a passport valid three months ahead and a return or onward ticket.
Fiji uses the same sockets and current as Australia: three-prongs with the top two prongs at angles, supplying 240 AC volts.
Fiji is two hours ahead of Sydney on the same day (or Greenwich Mean Time plus 12 hours).
Fiji dollars and cents took over from British pounds in 1969. On April 15, 2009, the Fiji dollar was devalued 20 percent and one Australian dollar will now buy you about $1.7 Fijian.
The Fijians are forgiving of foreigners unfamiliar with their etiquette, although there are rules to follow when entering a Fijian village or home. Permission should be obtained before entering a village and hats should be removed. Shoes must be taken off before entering a home, and one must take care not to step over or walk in front of those seated on the floor. A gift of kava roots (purchased at any market) should be placed before the village chief if you have requests. Modest dress is essential in Fijian villages.
Best time to visit
The cooler, drier, less-humid months are May to October. The cyclone season is November to April with up to five tropical storms each year. However, there are huge climatic differences within the islands. The southeastern sides of the main islands receive 50 percent more precipitation than the western sides.
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