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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No A
Cholera No B
Typhoid and Polio C Not applicable
Malaria No Not applicable
 
A

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is necessary from travellers over 1 year of age arriving within 10 days of leaving infected areas.

B

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 effectiveness.

C

Vaccination against typhoid and polio is recommended.

Food and Drink

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.

Health care

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 health services.

Other risks

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.
Useful travel links
CDC Official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA The Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
No jet lag All about jet lag. What is it and who gets it
SOS International SOS
WHO The official site of the World Health Organization