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Money and duty free for Fiji

Currency and Money

Currency information

Fijian Dollar (FJD; symbol F$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of F$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of F$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted at a number of establishments and can be used in resorts on most islands.

ATM

Major international cards are accepted at ATMs, which can be found in Nadi, Suva and Savusavu, and although they are cropping up throughout the rest of the islands, these cannot always be relied upon.

Travellers cheques

Traveller's cheques attract a rate slightly higher than cash and are easily changed at banks (for a commission) and private exchange offices (often without commission).

Banking hours

Generally, Mon-Thurs 0930-1500, Fri 0930-1600. Foreign Exchange Dealers: Mon-Fri 0830-1700, Sat 0830-1300.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import of local and foreign currency, provided it is declared upon arrival when the sum is the equivalent of F$10,000 or more. The export of local currency is limited to F$500 in cash. When exporting foreign currency, you will need an approval from the Reserve Bank of Fiji when the sum exceeds the equivalent of F$5,000.

Currency exchange

Exchange facilities are available at the airport, at trading banks, at private exchange offices and at most hotels.

Fiji duty free

Overview

The following items may be imported by travellers 18 years of age and over into Fiji without incurring customs duty:

• 250 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or 250g of tobacco goods.
• 2.25L of spirits or 4.5L of wine or beer.
• Other dutiable goods to the value of F$1,000 per passenger, regardless of age.

Banned Imports

Drugs, counterfeit money (notes and coins), unlicensed firearms and ammunition, certain weapons (e.g. flick knives), pornography, gambling devices, any goods considered to disturb the peace in Fiji, tubers, bulbs, peanuts, coconuts and oil seeds, and cereal grains, pulses and legumes.

Banned Exports

Drugs.

Also prohibited unless certain conditions or restrictions are complied with are: unprocessed turtle shells, whale teeth (and products), shark fins, live corals, ivory products, birds (alive or dead), reptiles, and wooden or stone carvings of human or animal figures (not including replicas).