Capital: Suva (on Viti Levu)
Area: 18,274 sq km
Climate: tropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variation
Population: 883,125 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: English (official), Fijian (official), Hindustani
Government type: republic
Independence Day: 10 October 1970 (from the UK)
Currency: Fijian dollars (FJD)
GDP: $3.792 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $4,300 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in Fiji Islands
Obtaining a Visa
Nationals from the United Kingdom, other EU country members (except Lithuania), Australia and North America do not need a visa to enter the country.
Visitors' permits are issued for stays of up to four months for touristic purposes and for stays of up to 14 days for business purposes. Costs: Single-entry: $73. Multiple-entry: $128.85.
Students' hall http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=9257
Healthcare facilities in Fiji urban areas are adequate for routine medical problems. In the rural areas staff training is limited and there are often shortages of supplies and medications. Emergency response is extremely limited, and the few ambulances available are poorly equipped and staffed.
There are several international banks: Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Abbey, RBS and NatWest.
Embassy website: http://fiji.embassyhomepage.com/fijian_railway_fiji_bus_suva_airport_taxi_fiji_domestic_airports_fiji_ferries_fijian_motorway.htm
Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is no coverage on outlying islands, only on Viti Levu. International calls can only really be made from Viti Levu. Calls from hotels via an operator are very expensive. It is cheaper to get a public phonecard, available from post offices and newsagents or from the Fiji International Telecommunications (FINTEL) office.
Internet cafés are available in Suva, Nadi, Lautoka and most resorts. They are relatively inexpensive, however, Internet connectivity in Fiji isn't the best.