If you do happen to encounter serious problems while you are in Europe you should seek the assistance of the mission. However, there are very clear limits to what the Fiji Mission can do.
What The Mission Can Do
- Issue emergency travel documents.
- Provide assistance in the case of an accident, serious illness, or death to arrange for next of kin to be informed.
- Provide a list of doctors and lawyers.
- Visit you in jail, if you are arrested, if you so request and arrange for your family to be informed, if you wish.
- Help you during emergencies, such as natural disasters.
What The Mission Cannot Do
Arrange any of your travel or hotel bookings.
- Pay your hotel, medical, or any other bills or become involved in disputes about these expenses.
- Provide funds to pay your legal costs or fines.
- Get you out of jail.
- Represent you at legal proceedings or give legal advice.
- Obtain special treatment for you in jail, or hospital, or in any dealings you might have with local authorities.
- Obtain work or a work permit for you.
Please be advised that all persons intending to travel to Fiji are required to have their passports valid for 6 months from their intended date of arrival into Fiji. If the validity of your passport is less than 6 months you will not be permitted to travel to Fiji.
Prior consent is required for shipment into Fiji of human remains. Consent will be obtained through the process below from the Doctor in Charge of health and quarantine services at the Nadi International Airport;
TELEPHONE :( 679) 672 2362
FASCIMILE :( 679) 670 0563
Process to get approval
The Shipper or Funeral Director will have to liaise directly with the airline from point of origin (i.e. local airline). The above will request the Airline for space and further provide information on the cause of death; age and all necessary certificates regarding the human remains.
The airline will then liaise directly with the International carrier in this case Air Pacific. The International carrier will subsequently liaise with their counterpart in Fiji or the Air Terminal Services (handling agent) to get an authority for the human remains to be transported into Fiji. The carriers will advise Air Terminal Services (ATS) the cause of death, age including the incoming flight details of the deceased and also phone contact of the consignee.
ATS will then advise the Health Authority in Fiji on all information pertaining the deceased. The Health Authority (which is the Doctor on Duty at Nadi International Airport) will in turn approve permit or reject the above entering the country. ATS will also contact the consignee for the deceased to ensure the above is collected on the day of arrival.
Requirements from the Funeral Directors
The remains must be accompanied by a certified copy of the death certificate and a statement by the local health authority at the place of death stating that the decedent did not die of a contagious disease. There also must be a notarised statement by the embalmer stipulating the embalming process and a notarised statement by the local health authority at the place of death that the embalming was carried out in accordance with standard Australian procedures.
The embalmed remains must be placed within a hermetically sealable container or casket, which in turn must be placed within an outer box constructed entirely of wood.
If the remains arrive in an unsatisfactory state, they will not be cleared through customs and health inspections and entry into the country will be refused. The casket remains will be returned to the point of origin at the sender’s expense.
Fiji citizens residing in Europe should register with the Mission. Through registration, the Mission canmore accurately gauge the number and location of Fiji citizens in the event that an emergency situation necessitates the rapid dissemination of vital information. Registration may be done in person at the Mission or on-line below.
Fiji citizens traveling in Europe should be aware that the Mission can only provide a very basic safety net for travelers in difficulty. Travelers need to be aware that Fiji citizens who enter a foreign state become subject to its laws and are legally accountable for acts they commit on its territory. In the event of a Fiji citizen finding him or herself in difficulty, the Mission will seek to ensure that Fiji citizens receive the benefit of the same laws, administration, protection and means of redress which the foreign state affords its own subjects.