An island of hope

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Fiji does not recognize dual citizenship. A person may acquire citizenship of Fiji by birth, naturalization or registration. One of the main provision under the citizenship laws is the equal opportunities and privileges given to foreigners who are married to either male or female Fiji citizens in acquiring citizenship of Fiji. Applications for visa can be lodged at any Immigration office.

The young generation


Most countries do not require pre-entry visa to Fiji. Application for visa can be lodged at any missions overseas or directly with the department. Visitors are normally given 4 months stay initially on arrival which can be further extended by two months provided they arrive with passports valid not less than six months and properly validated for other countries where necessary, return or onwards tickets and sufficient funds for their stay in the country.


A multi-cultured nation, Fiji is represented by all major religion of the world. This is quickly obvious to the visitor who will see Christian churches, Mosque, Sikh and Hindu temples in towns and throughout the countryside. More than half of Fiji's population are Christians ( 52.9% ), Hindus ( 38.1% ), Muslim ( 7.8% ), Sikh ( 0.7% ), Others (0.5%).

Race relations in Fiji are generally harmonious. The compact provision in the Constitution requires that full account is to be taken of the interests of all communities. It is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of colour, race or ethnic origins and it is an offence to incite racial disharmony.

Working and walking together


English is the lingua franca, but Fijian and Hindi are also taught in schools as part of the school curriculum. Indigenous Fijians have their own dialects and you can tell where one comes from, from their dialect. Indians too have their own, generally speak a distinctive Fiji-Hindi dialect. This is not the same as the one spoken in India.


The Fiji Dollar, a stable currency

The Fijian Dollar is the basic unit of currency. Major Credit cards are welcome by most hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car agencies, tours, cruises and travel agents. Fiji is well represented by banking groups. These include the Australia and New Zealand Bank, Bank of Baroda, Habib Bank, National Bank, Colonial Bank, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Normal banking hours is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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