Help with customs formalities when you depart from Fiji.
Before departing Fiji, you may not need to declare your personal effects except:
The Tourist VAT refund Scheme (TVRS) came into effect on 1 February, 2010 as part of the 2010 Budget Policies. When goods are purchased in Fiji, a Tourist is required to pay VAT on the purchase which may be refunded at the time of departure if the retailer is registered under TVRS. The TVRS will allow a tourist to claim a refund (subject to certain conditions) of VAT paid on goods purchased in Fiji and taken out of Fiji via the Nadi International Airport or the Suva Wharf ONLY.
The Scheme has proved to be quite successful with tourists, recording a refund of $1.7m at the end of December 2010. In addition, retailers have continued to join the Scheme as word has spread of the increase in shopping by tourists. As of 28 February 2011, more than 70 retailers were part of the Tourist VAT Refund Scheme.
For more information on the Scheme and its conditions, click here.
The baggage of any traveler may be searched as stated in Section 10, Subsection 2 of Customs Act 1986 by:
Certain goods may have export restrictions like drugs, birds, Fijian artifacts etc. You will be required to fulfill certain requirements to enable you to export such. Please Contact Us or any Customs office at the following ports: Suva, Lautoka, Nadi, Nausori, Levuka, Oinafa and Savusavu or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
It is recommended that you visit the Agricultural Quarantine department should you intend to export or carry on hand the following classes of goods:
The exportation of firearms is restricted and a police permit to export is required. Please declare to Customs officer or security officer on departure any firearms and weapons for safekeeping and later collection.
There are restrictions on currency being taken out of Fiji by passengers under the Exchange Control Act and the Financial Transactions Act. However, if a passenger is in possession of FJ$10,000 or more in Fijian currency or Foreign currency equivalent (includes negotiable bearer instruments), you will be required to fill in a Border Cash Reporting Form. You are to contact the Customs Officer at the point of departure.
Reserve Bank of Fiji approval would be required for carrying currency in excess of FJ$5,000 equivalent in foreign currency and FJ$500 cash. Should excess currency be found in your possession, you would be liable for prosecution and the seizure or forfeiture of the currency to the Government of Fiji.
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