General

 


 

 

TRAVELLERS ARRIVING TO FIJI

ON ARRIVAL

Declarations

Before you arrive in Fiji, you will receive a Fiji passenger arrival card. You must tick ‘yes' in the Customs Section of your arrival card if you are bringing any of the following into Fiji:

Please retain any receipts for any purchases made overseas.

Everything you bring with you must be declared whether personal or business at time of clearance. Click here to access baggage declaration form.


Must Declare 

  1. Medicines - If you are carrying prescription medicines or controlled drugs, you should have a prescription from your physician advising that the medicine is being used under a doctor's direction and is necessary for your physical well-being. 
  2. Agricultural Items - The following classes of goods must be declared: 
  • Food of any kind;
  • Plants or parts of plants (alive or dead);
  • Animals (alive or dead) or their products;
  • Equipment used with animals;
  • Equipment such as camping gear, golf clubs, and used bicycles and
  • Biological specimens.

    3. Goods which may be prohibited.

        Click to access Prohibited Imports and Exports   Regulations 1986; 

  • More than 250grams of tobacco products per adult (17 years and over) (250 sticks of cigarettes equals 250 grams);
  • More than 2 x 1.125 litres of alcoholic beverages per adult (17 years and over);
  • Goods for commercial purpose (such as sample for any goods intended for sale, lease, hire, or exchange);
  • Any professional or technical equipment;
  • Any other personal goods the total value of which exceeds FJ$1000 (NOTE: Exclude used personal effects that a passenger may reasonably be expected to carry in their baggage).

   4. Cash - All travellers into Fiji are required to declare on arrival if they are carrying    FJ$10,000 or more in currency. If yes, you are required to complete the Border Currency Reporting form.

Travelers who fill out the quarantine section of the arrival card incorrectly risk an instant fine of FJ$200. Serious breaches of the Fiji Biosecurity laws may also result in a fine of up to FJ$100,000 or a prison term of up to five years.

Contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries for more information at Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Allowances

Personal Effects

Your clothing, toilet articles, personal jewellery (including watches), cameras, laptops that accompany you, are free of duty provided:

  • You own them on arrival
  • Not intended as gifts or for sale or exchange
  • Used prior to importation
  • Must be of kind that a passenger may reasonably be expected to carry in his baggage

Commercial quantities of individual items of apparel (including footwear) are not covered by this allowance.

Alcohol and Tobacco (Refer below)

A traveler may import tobacco products and alcoholic beverages free of customs duty provided that:

  • The traveler must be above 17 years of age;
  • For goods are not for sale;
  • The goods are accompanied by the traveler at the time of final disembarkation;
  • The goods are not being carried on behalf of any other person or persons.

Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco Allowances

  • Cigarettes not exceeding 250 sticks or
  • Cigars not exceeding 250g net weight or
  • Tobacco not exceeding 250g net weight or
  • Any combination of the above but not exceeding 250g net weight
  • Spirituous liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres
  • Wine not exceeding 4.5 litres or
  • Beer not exceeding 4.5 litres or
  • Any combination of the above provided that it does not exceed the equivalent quantity under liquor, wine and beer

Other Accompanied Goods

Travelers may import other dutiable goods provided:

  • That value does not exceed FJ$1000
  • The goods are accompanied by the traveler on arrival
  • The goods must be for personal use and not for sale

Unaccompanied Goods or Baggage

Unaccompanied goods or baggage will not be allowed as landing passenger allowances and concessions.

Currency

There are restrictions on currency being brought into Fiji by passengers. However, if a passenger is in possession of FJ$10,000 equivalent or above, the currency should be declared to the Customs Officer on his/her arrival and will be required to fill in the Border Currency Reporting form.

Money and Currency

Any person carrying substantial amount of money must accompany a letter from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the last port of the monetary transaction.

Domestic Pets

Prohibitions and restrictions governing the entry of domestic pets (such as cats and dogs) into Fiji are strictly enforced.

Contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for more information.

Endangered Species (CITES)

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was formulated to regulate and monitor the trade in endangered species. CITES works by placing controls on international trade in specimens of CITES – listed species.

The following plants and species may be subject to CITES, as well as any products manufactured from them, for example, jewellery, ornaments, carvings, feathers and so on.

However, whales teeth (tabua) unless license obtained from the Ministry of Fijian Affairs, must not be allowered for import/export in Fiji.

Commercial Goods

All commercial goods, goods for resale, or goods for use in your business, will be subject to duty (where applicable) and Value Added Tax (VAT). You should declare these goods on your arrival card and go to the "Goods to Declare Way Out" (Red Exit).

If the value of the goods is less than FJ$100 or if it is a perishable item, or medicine urgently needed, the goods can be cleared after payment of duty (if applicable) at the airport, if prior arrangements have been made for a Customs agents to clear the goods.

If the value of the goods is more than FJ$100 and you have not arranged pre-clearance, the goods are held under Customs control until an Import Entry has been processed and cleared. You will not be able to take the goods with you from the airport. The goods have to be detained and detention notice to be issued to the owner/agents.

Calculation of duty payable

To determine the value of the goods you are bringing in to the country and the related duty payable to FRCA liaise with Customs HelpDesk.

 

Travellers Departing Fiji

Help with customs formalities when you depart from Fiji.

  • On departure
  • Export restriction

On Departure

Declarations

Before departing Fiji, you may not need to declare your personal effects except:

  • if you have in your possession currency in excess of FJ$5,000 in foreign currency and FJ$500 cash (approval from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji is required)
  • if you have in your possession equipment that you may carry with you when you return to Fiji and which may exceed your arrival passenger allowance
  • if you have in your possession currency equivalent to FJ$10,000 or more, you will be required to fill in a Border Cash Reporting Form. Please refer to Customs Officer at the point of departure.

Tourist VAT Refund Scheme (TVRS)

The Tourist VAT refund Scheme (TVRS) came into effect on 1 February, 2010 as part of the 2010 Budget Policies. When goods are purchased in Fiji, a Tourist is required to pay VAT on the purchase which maybe refunded at the time of departure if the retailer is registered under TVRS. The TVRS will allow a tourist to claim a refund (subject to certain conditions) of VAT paid on goods purchased in Fiji and taken out of Fiji via the Nadi International Airport or the Suva Wharf ONLY.

The Scheme has proved to be quite successful with tourists, recording a refund of $1.7m at the end of December 2010. In addition, retailers have continued to join the Scheme as word has spread of the increase in shopping by tourists. as of 28 February 2011, more than 70 retailers were part of the Tourist VAT Refund Scheme.

For more information on the Scheme and its conditions, click here.

Migration from Fiji to another Country

  • any person who is migrating from Fiji has to obtain clearance from Revenue Collection Division of FRCA.

Agricultural Items

It is recommended that you visit the Agricultural Quarantine department should you intend to export or carry on hand the following classes of goods:

  • food of any kind.
  • plants or parts of plants (alive or dead).
  • animals (alive or dead) or their products.
  • equipment used with animals.
  • equipment such as camping gear, golf clubs, and used bicycles.
  • biological specimens.

Currency

There are no restrictions on currency being taken out of Fiji by passengers. However, if a passenger is in possession of FJ$10,000 or equivalent or above, you will be required to fill in a Border Cash Reporting Form. You are to contact the Customs Officer at the point of departure.

Reserve Bank approval would be required for carrying currency in excess of FJ$5,000 in foreign currency and FJ$500 cash. Should excess currency be found in your possession, you would be liable for prosecution and the seizure or forfeiture of the currency to the Government of Fiji. Link to Reserve Bank

 

 

 For more information please visit the  Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority website www.frca.org.fj