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Fiji Travel Advisory - 6 December

Published: Wed 6 Dec 2006 01:42 PM
Fiji Travel Advisory
Consular Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
FIJI
Revised on 6 December 2006
There is high risk to your security in Suva and an increasing risk in Fiji. We recommend against non-essential travel to Fiji at this time.
On 5 December the Commander of the Fiji Military Forces announced that he had taken over executive authority, declared himself the President of the Republic of Fiji, and said he had dismissed the elected Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers. The Prime Minister has not resigned, but is reported to have been removed from Suva by the military. The military has effective control of Suva and military checkpoints are in place, including in Nadi and Nausori.
The security situation could deteriorate further. New Zealanders in Fiji should avoid areas of military activity, including military installations. You should stay away from any demonstrations or large gatherings, as these could result in violence. You should monitor local media, or ask your hotel or tour operator for any information regarding restrictions on movement.
Airports remain open and flights are operating normally.
On 26 November, the New Zealand Government moved High Commission dependents out of Suva in response to a specific security concern. Given the uncertain security situation, they have yet to return. The voluntary departure of dependents of New Zealand High Commission staff from Fiji has been authorised.
We recommend you monitor the media and this website, ensure you have appropriate insurance cover and that your travel documents are easily accessible.
This advice will be kept under review. A further escalation of the situation could result in a warning to avoid all travel to Fiji.
See our regional advice for the Pacific.
We strongly recommend that New Zealanders travelling or resident in Fiji record their details online at www.safetravel.govt.nz
New Zealand High Commission, Fiji
Contact details are:
Street address: Reserve Bank of Fiji Building, Pratt St, Suva, Fiji
Postal address: PO Box 1378, Suva, Fiji
Telephone: +679 331 1422 Fax: +679 330 0842
Email: nzhc@connect.com.fj
Office hours: Mon – Fri 0830 – 1630 hrs
ENDS

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