Most expats have no reason to be overly concerned about safety in Fiji, as it is a popular and accommodating destination. Be that as it may, much of the country is still developing, and it certainly isn't without crime. Expats in Fiji should use common sense, be vigilant and follow basic safety precautions.
Crime in Fiji
Expats moving to Fiji should note that some parts of the country have high crime rates. Fiji has a noticeable wealth gap, and as a result the country has seen an increase in crime. That said, most criminal acts are petty, expats should therefore keep their valuables out of sight when out in public and avoid walking around at night.
Civil unrest in Fiji
Fiji has been relatively calm following years of civil unrest and political violence. The possibility of a resurgence remains, though, so we advise that expats avoid political demonstrations, large gatherings or places where military activity is taking place.
Safety on public transport in Fiji
Public transport in Fiji can be risky. There are frequent crimes against taxi drivers, so expats in Fiji should avoid taxis carrying other passengers and not allow drivers to pick up other passengers en route.
Minibus, bus and taxi drivers also rarely adhere to traffic laws in Fiji, which makes travelling on the roads dangerous.
Foreigners should avoid driving wherever possible, and those who choose to get behind the wheel should drive defensively. While road conditions in the urban areas of Fiji are of a decent standard, those in the rural areas are often poor.
Cyclones in Fiji
The Pacific cyclone season runs from November to April. Cyclones vary in intensity and the destruction they cause.
In the event of a cyclone warning, expats should follow the instructions of the local authorities. In most cases, the damage caused by a cyclone will be moderate, and people are generally advised to seek shelter indoors until the storm passes.