A yellow fever vaccination certificate is necessary from travellers
over 1 year of age arriving within 10 days of leaving infected areas.
Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate
is not a condition of entry to Fiji. However, cholera is a serious
risk in this country and precautions are extremely essential. Up
to date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions
should include vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its
Vaccination against typhoid and polio is recommended.
Mains water is generally heavily chlorinated and,
whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled
water is available and is recommended for the 1st few weeks of the
stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are
safe for consumption. Local meat, seafood, poultry,
fruit and vegetables are usually considered safe to eat.
The major hospitals are situated in Savusavu, Ba,
Levuka, Labasa, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Suva and Taveuni, with clinics
and medical representations elsewhere throughout the islands. Medical
insurance is advised. There is a private hospital in Suva that offers
western style medical care and maintains the Fiji Decompression
Chamber for the benefit of scuba divers. Medical emergencies
may be referred to Australia, New Zealand or the United States of
America. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for
Diarrhoeal diseases are common in Fiji. Hepatitis A occurs, and
Hepatitis B is widespread. Dengue fever may also occur. Mosquitoes
may transmit dengue fever and pandemic outbreaks occur. Personal
protective measures are vital. Marine hazards include sharks, corals
jellyfish, sea urchins and sea snakes. Please only bathe in marked
and patrolled beaches.