Arriving in Fiji
Travellers Arriving in Fiji by Aircraft or Passenger Ship
Before you arrive in Fiji, you will receive a Fiji passenger arrival card from your Immigration Administration or your Airline/Shipping Agent or from flight attendants of aircraft or ship officials. You must tick ‘yes’ in the Customs Section of your arrival card if you are bringing any of the following into Fiji:
Prohibited and Restricted Imports
Goods which may be prohibited or restricted. Please refer to (Prohibited Imports and Exports) Regulations 1986.
Normal Passenger Allowance
Click to access normal passenger allowance under Concession Code 218 of pages 794 to 795 of the 2012 HS Tariff Classification
In-excess of Normal Passenger Allowance
- Goods that are in your possession upon arrival and are for commercial purposes (such as samples , any goods intended for sale or lease or hire, or exchange);
- Any professional or technical equipment;
- Any other personal goods the total value of which exceeds FJ$1000 (NOTE: Excludes used personal effects that a passenger may reasonably be expected to carry in his or her baggage).
Note: Please bring with you receipts for any purchase of commercial goods you made overseas or receipts for shopping in the Duty Free Shops within the baggage hall, to ascertain the correct value of the goods.
Declaration of Currency in any Passenger’s possession
All travellers into Fiji are required to declare on arrival if they are carrying FJ$10,000 or more in Fijian or Foreign currency equivalent (includes negotiable bearer instruments) in their possession or luggage. If yes, you are required to complete the Border Currency Reporting form (to be given by the officer).
Primary Line Clearance
You are required to present your arrival card and passport to Primary Line officer for immigration clearance (Fiji Immigration website)
Collection of Accompanied Baggage
After you have been cleared by Primary Line officers you are required to proceed to the baggage collection area to collect your baggage.
Purchase of Duty Free Items
The total quantity of duty free items in your possession or purchased upon arrival before proceeding to Customs for clearance should be within normal passenger allowance. Other dutiable goods in excess of the normal allowance will subject to normal duty.
While proceeding through the baggage examination area, passengers shall produce to the Proper Officer (Proper Officer (Customs Officer)) the arrival card and orally declare any other dutiable goods or prohibited and restricted imports in his or her possession. Baggage or person may be subject to search by other border enforcement agencies.
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.
Biosecurity Regulated Items
Biosecurity laws of Fiji states everyone arriving into Fiji from overseas to declare all risk goods including plants, plant products, animals, animal products, any food, wooden articles, soil and used materials (clothing, shoes etc) to the Biosecurity Officers at the Borders. These goods could harbor exotic weeds, pests and diseases that could adversely affect and harm Fiji’s unique flora and fauna, environment, devastate the agricultural, livestock industry and the tourism and health of our communities.
The following biosecurity risk goods must be declared:
- Food of any kind;
- Animals, reptiles, fish (fresh/frozen/dried), birds, animal products including meat, dairy products, skins, feather bones, eggs, shells and bee products;
- Plants, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, fresh or dried flowers, foliage, mushrooms, straw, bamboo, wood, handicraft and other plant products;
- Soil, rock, earth, mineral sample, tools used in farm, used tents, camping equipment, bicycle, golf s and clubs, used sporting shoes/boots and equipments;
- Equipment, clothing, shoes and OHS materials used with animals, fish or plants including bee-keeping equipment, saddle, or any other used equipment; and
- All types of Biological specimens including vaccines, tissue culture, blood, live/dried or preserved insects or fungi.
Travellers can voluntarily dispose of any biosecurity risk goods in their possession that they have not declared on their Arrival/Declaration Card into the Biosecurity Amnesty Bins provided at the Border, before BAF inspections.
Travellers found in breach of the above Biosecurity laws can be spot fined $FJD400 or be liable for prosecution with a minimum fine of up to $FJD20, 000 or face a maximum of six months imprisonment or both.
For more information please contact BAF on 3312512, email email@example.com or website www.baf.com.fj. Please refer to BAF website for any recent changes to the above conditions; prior to your travels.
Firearms and Weapons
The importation of firearms is restricted and subject to import permit from Fiji Police. Please declare to Customs Officer on arrival of any firearms and weapons for safe-keeping whether or not with a valid license.
It is prohibited to import certain types of weapons such as flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters, and any weapon designed to give the appearance of another article.
Screening items harmful to Fiji’s interests is an important border function. Importation of certain goods are prohibited. Others may be admitted only after they have been subjected to treatment or if they are accompanied by the approved documentations.(e.g license to import).
Your clothing, toilet articles, personal jewelry (including watches), cameras, laptops that accompany you, are free of duty provided:
- You own them at the time of arrival in Fiji and are for your personal use
- Not intended as gifts or for sale or exchange
- Used prior to importation
- Must be of a 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
A traveler may import tobacco products and alcoholic beverages free of Customs duty provided that:
- The traveler is not less than 18 years of age;
- The 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 (Normal Passenger Allowance)
- Cigarettes not exceeding 200 sticks or
- Cigars not exceeding 200g net weight or
- Tobacco not exceeding 200g net weight or
- Any combination of the above but not exceeding 200g net weight
- Spirituous Liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres or
- 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 normal passenger allowances.
There are restrictions on currency being brought into Fiji by passengers. However, if a passenger is in possession of FJ$10,000 or more in Fijian or foreign currency equivalent (includes negotiable bearer instruments), this should be declared to the Customs Officer on his/her arrival and will be required to fill in the Border Currency Reporting form.
Goods that do not qualify for allowances would be subject to Customs duty. The Customs duty rates are prescribed under the Customs Tariff Act. Normally, duty is charged through ad valorem and specific rates.
All goods subject to Customs duty are also subject to payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) and certain goods are also applicable with Import Excise Duty.
Where passengers are either unable or unwilling to pay duty, the goods would be detained pending formal clearance and goods not claimed within the specified time frame will be disposed off by the Chief Executive Officer as prescribed under Sections 29 and 63 of the Customs Act.
All Customs payments must be made in Fijian currency and all value for duty is calculated in Fijian dollars inclusive of insurance and freight (CIF value).
It is prohibited to import dangerous drugs to Fiji. Dangerous drugs include:
- Raw or prepared opium
- Indian hemp
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
- Synthetic drugs
- Other prohibited and narcotic drugs listed in the Illicit Drugs Control Act 2004.
It is also prohibited to import utensils for preparation of drugs. Utensils include:
- Cannabis utensils (such as bongs, hash and head pipes, hubble bubbles, hookahs, and roach clips with a pincer or tweezers action)
- Opium pipes
It is a serious offence to smuggle drugs into Fiji. Heavy or severe penalties including fines and imprisonment will be imposed on offenders.
If you have any information concerning the importation of drugs or suspect that drugs are being imported or smuggled into Fiji, please advise the authority at: CustomsEvasion@frcs.org.fj
Radio Transmitters and Telecommunications Equipment
Radio transmitters and telecommunications equipment is a restricted import and subject to import permit from the Telecommunication Authority of Fiji.
Before considering the purchase and importation of radio transmitters, cordless and cellular phones, and similar equipment, check with the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji that the devices meet Fiji technical standards.
Laws governing the prohibitions and restrictions of entry of domestic pets (such as cats, dogs, etc ) into Fiji are strictly enforced by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji.
Contact the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji for more information.
Endangered Species (CITES)
Fiji has legislation which implements the convention (CITES). The Endangered & Protected Species (EPS) Act (2002) establishes the Fiji CITES Management Authority which coordinates the national implementation of CITES with relevant agencies and other stakeholders.
The following plants and species may be subject to the provisions EPS Act (2002) , as well as any products manufactured from them, for example, jewelry, ornaments, carvings, feathers and so on.
However, whales teeth (tabua) unless license obtained from the iTaukei Affairs Board and the Department of Environment. Contact the iTaukei Affairs Board at www.itaukeiaffairs.gov.fj and the Department of Environment at www.environment.gov.fj.
All commercial goods will be subject to duty (where applicable) and Value Added Tax (VAT). You should declare these goods on your arrival card and declare to the proper at the baggage examination area.
If the value of the goods is less than FJ$1000 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 the value of the goods is more than FJ$1000 and you have not arranged pre-clearance, the goods will be held under Customs control until an Import Entry has been processed and cleared. The goods have to be detained and detention notice to be issued to the owner or 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 FRCS liaise with firstname.lastname@example.org