Fiji – FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - WEDDINGS
ARE WEDDINGS IN FIJI LEGALLY RECOGNIZED OVERSEAS?

Weddings in Fiji are recognized as legal worldwide

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO GET MARRIED IN FIJI?

Birth certificates

Passports with valid legal status

If applicable, divorce certificate

If previous spouse is deceased, a death certificate

A Certificate of Single status or certificate of no legal impediment must be provided if:

Marriage between a Fiji citizen and a foreign citizen

Marriage by former citizens of Fiji

Marriage between foreign citizens residing in Fiji

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENCE?

All overseas marriage applicants are required by law to obtain and sign a marriage license from a nearest marriage registry or district office prior to the marriage ceremony.

HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD WE ARRIVE IN FIJI BEFORE OUR WEDDING DAY?

It is recommendable that you arrive in Fiji 3 days before your wedding day. However special arrangements can also be organized to suit your travel plans.

WHAT IS THE LEGAL AGE TO GET MARRIED?

The legal age of consent to marry is 18 years for both male and female.

JUST COUPLE TRAVELING - WHAT ABOUT THE REQUIRED WITNESSES?

The staff at the resort can act as witnesses.

COULD I BRING MY OWN CELEBRANT?

Under the laws of Fiji, only local celebrants are allowed to officiate a marriage; however, an arrangement may be undertaken between the overseas and the local celebrant; the overseas celebrant could participate in the vows and the blessings of the ring but the local celebrant will solemnize the marriage and sign the marriage certificate.

WHAT ARE THE PROCESSES OF CATHOLIC MARRIAGES?

Couples must present the following documents: baptism certificate, written confirmations for the right to marry from one’s own parish priest and at least meet with the local priest.

WHAT OPTIONS DO WE HAVE FOR A WEDDING LOCATION?

Fiji has a wide range of beautiful locations. You can choose from beach, forest, underwater setting or in quaint wedding chapels. Please refer to our brochure

ARE THERE GROUP TRAVEL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?

Wedding parties frequently qualify for group travel discounts with airlines and resorts. Ask us for details

WHEN IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GET MARRIED IN FIJI?

Fiji enjoys a pleasant, tropical two-season climate. Summer temperature averages from 22 - 33 degrees Celsius and winter averages from 19 - 29 degrees Celsius

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - GENERAL
HOW DO I GET THERE?

There are frequent flights direct from major cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Auckland, and plenty of domestic connections from other ports. Fiji Airways (codeshare with Qantas), Virgin Australia and Jetstar are the main airlines from Australia, with Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand from NZ.

See below for the Fiji Airways video.

DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL OVER TO FIJI?

Not usually, Australian/NZ/UK/European/US etc. do not need a visa, just the stamp given, and as long as the stay is less than 3 months. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months past your return date from Fiji.

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNISATIONS?

Always check with your GP. There are no mandatory ones unless you are going into remote areas, however caution is always advised

DO I NEED TO TAKE BEACH TOWELS?

No, all resorts will provide these for you.

DO I NEED A TRAVEL ADAPTER? WHAT IS THE ELECTRICITY VOLTAGE IN FIJI?

Yes all your appliances have the same voltage as Australia/NZ and the plugs are the same as well!

CAN I TAKE FOOD WITH ME?

Please refer to the Fijian Quarantine Policy at the Fiji High Commissioner site

WILL THERE BE ANY ATMS TO GET OUT MONEY?

Most banks in Fiji have ATMs outside their offices, with additional machines at supermarkets, petrol stations, etc. You’ll only find them in cities and towns on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. There are two ATMs at Nadi Airport: One next to the baggage carousel before customs and another just outside the arrivals door. ANZ operates a 24-hour service at Nadi International Airport’s arrival concourse.

IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Water in the resorts is perfectly safe to drink. Stay hydrated in the heat!

WILL BABYSITTING BE AVAILABLE?

Resorts can arrange babysitting. The Fijian women have something that attracts children and children attract the women. You’ll see bonding in minutes and will know your kiddies are safe. And you’ll pay a fraction of what you do at home. This service is usually on average about $8 AUD per hour and extremely trustworthy, the Fijians are renowned for their love of children!

WILL THERE BE A CHEMIST ONSITE TO GET ANY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS?

Please ensure you bring all prescribed medication you will need for the duration of your stay. Fiji does have chemists which may be found in all the towns and they’re very well stocked for an Island country. Most resorts have pharmaceutical items for sale but they will be expensive. Best to pack a small kit containing Band- Aids, analgesics, Imodium or similar, insect repellent, sun screen (and after- sun lotion), antiseptic cream or powder and if travelling with babies, disposable nappies. For coral cuts, hydrogen peroxide works a treat but the locals opt for a generous application of lemon or lime

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY?

Fijian dollar notes are available in $2, $5, $10, $20 and $50 denominations and coins are available in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in (although there may be a limit on how much you can take out of your home country) and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported.

HOW DO I EXCHANGE CURRENCY?

You have to be careful where you look for rates, you can’t use sites like xe.com as they state quite clearly they are just mid range for estimation purposes. We usually have to use a more conservative rate and put a buffer in as we are dealing with long lead times etc

  • Our suggestion is to research what rate you can get from a bank and take over cash to pay directly – although this means you have to carry large amounts of Fijian dollars, ATMS are not overly reliable or frequently found in resorts.
  • Alternatively you can charge everything back to your room and pay by a credit card at the end.
  • Or you can take a pre loaded travel card in FJ$ but ensure it is one with the cirrus logo as per all credit cards. That way it is treated as a credit card by the resorts but the rate may be better!
    HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY WILL I NEED?

    It is very dependent on your plans, what you like to do, activity choice etc, but a good rule of thumb is A$100 per person per day.

    CAN I USE MY PHONE IN FIJI? WILL INTERNET BE AVAILABLE?

    Check your provider for your roaming costs but it is usually quite expensive. Local Sim cards can be bought there on a prepaid basis which will usually be the cheaper option. Alternatively just use the resorts wi-fi to check emails and keep in contact as data is expensive!

    WHAT SOUVENIRS WILL I FIND IN FIJI?

    A large wooden kava bowl (Tanoa) makes an impressive souvenir (and an excellent salad bowl). Smaller tanoas are handy for serving peanuts and the like. Fearsome Fijian war clubs and cannibal forks can be bought in most craft outlets and markets. For obvious reasons, these items are not available in the duty free shops at Nadi Airport and cannot be carried aboard the plane in your hand luggage. What not to buy in Fiji are the masks and tikis, which are made exclusively for sale to tourists and have no basis in Fijian culture. Tapa artefacts made from the pounded bark of the paper mulberry tree are usually a good purchase. You can buy great sheets of the stuff capable of covering an entire wall or smaller pieces painted with the figures of turtles and the like. Do not buy conch shells for environmental reasons.

    ARE THERE ANY CUSTOMS I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

    While the Fijian people may seem pretty laid-back, traditional customs are very important to them and visitors should respect them: Bikinis etc are fine for resorts but if you are invited to a village you should wear modest clothing. Hats/caps should be worn for sun protection, but should be removed when in a village – wearing a hat is an insult to the chief. When entering a bure, leave your shoes outside. If invited to take kava, do so. Pulling a face suggesting you hate the taste is an insult. It’s like refusing to shake someone’s hand. It is polite to have a ‘soft handshake’ by asking for a small shell. I’m not sure if anyone actually drinks kava for the taste anyway. When visiting a village, it is customary to present a gift of kava (yaqona). The gift (sevusevu) will cost around F$20 for a half kilo. The sevusevu is presented to the traditional head of the village.

    WHAT LANGUAGE DO THEY SPEAK IN FIJI?

    Everyone speaks English in Fiji but it’s always fun to try and use the local language (yes, every visitor learns bula’, but there is more!). A few pronunciation pointers – words with a ‘d’ have an unwritten ‘n’ in front – For example, Nadi is ‘Nandi’ and the marinated seafood dish kokoda, is ‘kokonda’. You put an ‘m’ before ‘b’ in words like Toberua (‘Tom-berua’) and ‘Lam-basa’ for Labasa. The unwritten ‘n’ also goes before a ‘g’, so Sigatoka is ‘Singatoka’. And a ‘c’ is pronounced ‘th’, as in the Mamanuca Islands and moce is ‘mothey’

    WHAT TIME ZONE IS FIJI A PART OF?

    Fiji has frequently been called “The Crossroads of the Pacific” because the 180th Meridian passes through the islands. In fact, Two hours difference to east coast Australia – one hour when daylight saving happens in southern Australia.


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