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How to keep healthy when travelling in Fiji?

Page last updated 13 November 2018

The standard of healthcare facilities in Fiji varies from place to place. So it is important you a prepared before heading off on your trip.

See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before departure to discuss your travel health requirements.

Before travelling:

  • Register your trip with Smart Traveller 
  • Make sure you have enough of your regular prescription medicines;
  • Ensure you’re up-to-date with your routine vaccinations 
  • Take out travel insurance - to cover you and your family for medical and other costs resulting from unexpected incidents and accidents
  • Put together a travel kit with medication for pain, diarrhoeal medicine, oral rehydration salts, antiseptic lotion or ointment, adhesive bandages and other wound dressings, insect repellent, sunscreen, latex gloves, thermometer, motion sickness medicine, water purification tablets and compression stockings

During travel:

  • The tap water is Fiji is not necessarily safe to drink. Drink bottled or filtered water only and check the plastic seal on bottled water is intact. Avoid adding ice to your drinks, and check that salad and fruit have been washed  with filtered water prior to consumption. 
  • Traveller's diarrhoea is common in Fiji. 
  • Important ways to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea include:
    • ensure you wash your hands with soap and water regularly 
    • where possible, opt for fully cooked fresh food and only eat fruit that you peel yourself. 
  • Avoid mosquito bites, as zika virus is a risk in Fiji. There is no vaccination for the zika virus, but you can protect yourself with insect repellent, wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs, and staying in accommodation that has fly nets or screened windows provided.
  • Use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, human papillomavirus, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV.
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Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Information for Travelers to Fiji. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/fiji [accessed 21 May 2018].
  2. NSW Government, Health. Zika virus alert. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/zika-virus-alert.aspx [accessed 21 May 2018].
  3. International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers. Country Health Advice – Fiji. Food & Water Safety: Overview. Available at: https://www.iamat.org/country/fiji/risk/food-water-safety-overview [accessed 21 May 2018].

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0146a - Date of preparation May 2018

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