Most expats have no reason to be overly concerned about safety in Fiji, as it is a highly popular and accommodating destination. That said, much of the country is still developing, which means it certainly isn't without crime, so common sense, vigilance and basic safety precautions are always recommended.
Crime in Fiji
Expats moving to Fiji should be aware that some parts of the country have high crime rates. Much of the criminal activity in Fiji stems from its wealth gap. Nevertheless, most of the crime that takes place in Fiji is petty, and therefore expats can ensure their safety by being cautious.
Robbery, theft and petty crime have been known to occur in Fiji and expats have often fallen victim to these incidents. While most of the crime is opportunistic, foreigners are advised to be vigilant and keep valuables out of sight. It's also best to avoid walking around at night.
Civil unrest in Fiji
Fiji has been relatively calm over the last few years but due to the country's history of civil unrest and political violence, it's best to be aware of the possibility of a resurgence. Expats are advised to be security-conscious and avoid any political demonstrations or large gatherings. It is also best to avoid areas where military activity is taking place.
Safety on public transport in Fiji
Public transport in Fiji can be risky. There are frequent crimes directed against taxi drivers, so expats using private taxis in Fiji should avoid allowing taxi drivers to pick up other passengers en route. Expats should also avoid using taxis that are already carrying other passengers.
Minibus, bus and taxi drivers rarely adhere to normal traffic laws in Fiji, which makes travelling on the roads dangerous.
Foreigners should avoid driving wherever possible. Those that do choose to get behind the wheel should drive defensively. While road conditions in urban areas of Fiji are of a decent standard, those in rural areas are often poor.
Cyclones in Fiji
The Pacific cyclone season runs from November to April. Cyclones vary in intensity and the damage and destruction they cause.
In the event of a cyclone warning, expats are advised to follow the instructions of the local authorities. In most cases, the damage caused by a cyclone in Fiji will be limited and people will simply be advised to seek shelter indoors until the bad weather passes.
►Learn more about getting around in Fiji on the Transport and Driving in Fiji page
"There is poverty across Fiji and as a result there is crime. There are areas where you shouldn't rent a house due to higher risk of burglary. The police can provide you with crime rates in areas so that you can make a decision on where to live."
Read more about Australian expat Emma's experiences in Suva, Fiji.
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