Fiji

Tipping is not allowed in Fiji, it can cause aggression.

About Country

    Continent

    Oceania

    Capital

    Suva

    Population

    896,445

    World share 

    0 %

    Land area

    18,270 km²

    Official Languages

    - English
    - Fijian

    Unofficial Languages

    - Hindustani

    Currency

    FJD

    Economy rating

    150

    Economy GDP

    4,586 millions USD

    ВВП на человека

    5,116 USD

Democracy Index

5.72

Hybrid
regime

*

Electoral process and pluralism

6.58
6.58

Functioning of government

5
5

Political participation

6.11
6.11

Political culture

5.63
5.63

Civil liberties

5.29
5.29

    Crime Rate

    2.26

    Safe zone

    Unemployment

    4.1 %

    Low unemployment

Expense and Salary

;">

2.58

Bad

*

Average salary

0.56
0.56

Average expense

4.67
4.67

Average rent price

2.52
2.52

    Average salary

    393 USD

    Average expense

    415 USD

    Average rent price

    440 USD

Immigration

    Immigration difficulty

    Normal

    Recommended Savings

    5,133 USD

    Double citizenship

    Forbidden

    Official site

    Immigration official website

    Compulsory exams

    -

    Passport rating

    63 Amount of countries: 89

Immigration options

Immigration typeRequired TimeFee
Marriagefrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)
160 USD
Employeefrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
160 USD
Studentfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
160 USD
Investmentsfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
160 USD


Marriage

Immigration feeImmigration Time
160 USDfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- 2 color photos;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- General civil passport;
- Medical insurance;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Financial documents: bank statement with bank seal;
- Documents confirming your marriage.
Additional Information:
You can get a Fiji residence permit when you marry a citizen of the country.
Everything is quite simple, but it will be necessary to prove the seriousness of your intentions.

Employee

Immigration feeImmigration Time
160 USDfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- 2 color photos;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- General civil passport;
- Medical insurance;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Financial documents: bank statement with bank seal;
- Employment contract.
Additional Information:
To apply for a residence permit through employment, you need to get an offer from a local employer, which is approved by the authorities.
A work permit can be short-term if the work lasts a year or less, and long-term (more than a 12-month period).

Student

Immigration feeImmigration Time
160 USDfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- 2 color photos;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- General civil passport;
- Medical insurance;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Financial documents: bank statement with bank seal;
- Certificate of enrollment.
Additional Information:
To obtain student residency, you must submit to the consulate a letter of enrollment from a local educational institution and a return ticket to the country of permanent residence/citizenship if the duration of study is less than a 12-month period. If the duration of training exceeds 12 months, a deposit is required.

Investments

Immigration feeImmigration Time
160 USDfrom 3 to 7 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- 2 color photos;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- General civil passport;
- Medical insurance;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Financial documents: bank statement with bank seal;
- Documents confirming the investment.
Additional Information:
One of the most popular options for immigration to Fiji is investing.
You need to invest 250,000 local dollars (about 130,000 USD) in the country's economy - this entitles you to obtain an investor visa and legal residence.

Taxes

Resident individuals are taxed on taxable income earned in Fiji or elsewhere.

Non-residents are subject to taxation only in respect of taxable income received in Fiji. Pensions received by non-resident pensioners from a source in Fiji are not taxed.

When a non-citizen of Fiji is in Fiji for employment under an employment contract for a period of no more than three years, income other than income from employment is not subject to taxation in Fiji if it is not received or accumulated in Fiji.

Personal income tax rates
Income tax is calculated from taxable income. If the taxable income of a resident exceeds $50,000 Fijian, the income tax is $3,600 Fijian plus 20% over $50,000 Fijian. For non-residents, income tax is 20% of taxable income.

In addition to income tax, Social Responsibility Tax (SRT) and Environmental and Climate Adaptation Fee (ECAL) are charged on taxable income.

The tax on dividends is not taxable.

Resident's interest tax
Withholding tax of 10% is deducted when interest is paid or accrued by banks and other financial institutions to resident depositors. The exempt income is not taxed at the source of payment at the resident's interest rate.

Interest received by a taxpayer with an annual income of no more than $30,000 is not subject to income tax on the resident's interest.

From April 1, 2022, interest received by a resident person from a resident company or a permanent representative office in Fiji of a non-resident company that does not exceed $1,000 per year is exempt income.

Local income taxes
There are no local income taxes in Fiji.

Education

Fiji has a high literacy rate (91.6%), and although there is no compulsory education, more than 85% of children aged 6 to 13 attend primary school. Education is free and provided by both state and church schools. Fijian and Hindu children tend to attend separate schools, reflecting the political divide that exists in the country.

The structure of Fiji's educational system is divided into primary school, secondary school and higher education. The language of instruction is English.

Primary education
The primary school system consists of 8 years of education and is attended by children aged 6 to 14 years. At the end of primary school, a certificate is issued, and the student has the right to take an exam in secondary school.

Secondary education
Admission to the secondary school system, which lasts a total of five years, is determined by a competitive exam. Students who pass the exam take a three-year course that leads to a school leaving certificate in Fiji and the opportunity to attend senior high school. At the end of this level, they can take the Form VII exam, which covers four or five subjects. Successful completion of this process gives students access to higher education.

Higher education
The University of the South Pacific serves ten English-speaking territories in the South Pacific, is the main provider of higher education. A certificate of secondary education is required for admission to the university, and all students must complete a one-year basic course at the university, regardless of their specialty. The university is funded by tuition fees, funds from the Government of Fiji and other Territories, as well as assistance from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Ministry of Education, Women and Culture is an administrative body.

Healthcare

In general, the world sees Fiji as a country with a developing economy, and the quality of healthcare throughout the country is proof of this. There are currently 25 hospitals in Fiji. These include both public and private hospitals. Expats, their families and travelers can visit the islands for short or long-term stays. In any case, they must obtain a full health insurance policy in order to use private medical care if necessary.

In Fiji, the quality of medical care varies significantly. Among the 25 hospitals in Fiji, 4 are the main public hospitals: there are two hospitals on the main island of Viti Levu, and the other two are in Vanua Levu. The Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva is the largest and oldest hospital. Next to it is the Nandi District Hospital. These hospitals are located in Viti Levu. Two small hospitals — Labasa Hospital and Savusavu Hospital — are located in Vanua Levu.

In villages, care and treatment are of poor quality. There are barely enough medical facilities to meet the current medical needs and requirements. The low level of hiring of medical workers should also be taken into account. This leads to long queues.

The most prestigious private hospitals are located on the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. These hospitals usually have round-the-clock medical centers with several qualified general practitioners and medical specialists.

Oceania Hospital is the largest private hospital in Fiji. It offers a variety of medical services such as visual medicine, laboratory medicine, specialty, cardiology and computed tomography.

Pharmaceutical and pharmacy supplies are usually sufficient. Pharmacies are located in large cities, as well as near or on the territory of most tourist resorts. However, a pharmacy that works around the clock and seven days a week is rare.

Climate

Fiji, an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean, has a tropical climate with a hot, humid and rainy season from December to April and a cooler season from June to October.

The cool season is relatively dry, especially on small and flat islands, as well as on the northwestern slopes of the main islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu), and trade winds can blow on the slopes facing southeast.

Fiji may be affected by tropical cyclones. Cyclones usually form from November to mid-May, although they are most likely from late December to early April.

The best time to visit Fiji is from mid—May to mid-October: this is the driest, coolest and sunniest time, especially on the north-western slopes of the main islands, which are preferable also because they are protected from the wind.

In Fiji, summers are hot, oppressive and overcast, and winters are comfortable, stuffy and overcast. It's humid and windy all year round. During the year, the temperature usually ranges from 20C to 30C and is rarely below 17C or above 35C.

The hot season lasts for 3 months, from December 24 to April 6, with an average daily temperature above 29C. The hottest month of the year in Fiji is February (with a maximum of 30C and a minimum of 23C).

The cool season also lasts for 3 months, from June 21 to October 1, with an average daily temperature below 25C. The coldest month of the year in Fiji is August (with a minimum of 20C and a maximum of 23C).

The wet season lasts for 5 months, from November 21 to April 30. The probability of rain during this period reaches more than 37%. The month with the most rainy days in Fiji is February, with an average of at least 0.04 inches.

The dry season lasts 6, from April 30 to November 21. The month with the least number of rainy days in Fiji is July.

Due to the different geological structure of the islands, their large number, different climatic conditions and the isolation of some islands of the archipelago, the ecosystems of Fiji are distinguished by a wide variety of flora. Most of the Fiji islands are covered with dense vegetation. In coastal areas there are mangroves, numerous reef formations.

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