replied to the thread Renewing a tourist Visa
on the Fiji forum:
I am new to this forum and am planning to move to Fiji from the U.S. in May. I appreciate any help with these questions about the tourist visa:
1) Is the three month visa pretty much automatically extended to six months after doing the necessary paperwork in Suva?
2) When I enter the country the first time, will it be okay to show my plane ticket out of there dated six months hence even though I do not yet have the extension?
3) Can that plane ticket be round trip? Ie. In November I will be visiting family in Chicago for a week. After that, the plan is to go right back to Fiji so it will be a round trip ticket for the event in Chicago and it will be, essentially, a visa run.
4) sort of a follow up of #3: is there some limit as to how much time in a one year period I can be spending there? I suspect not, but just wish to check. Thank you again, John
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Thank you Sue; Yes, and it is the same for those from the U.S. I have actually spoken with Fiji tourism on the phone - which is surprisingly not too hard to do :-)
Hi Jarmand. I have been living in Fiji (from Australia) for the last two and a half years. Australians get an automatic 4 month visa on arrival, which is then extended for 2 months on presentation of a bank record showing sufficient funds to stay the extra time, your return (to Aus) ticket and payment of the $96 FJ fee. Your ticket has to be for the extended date, so I now book my return flight for 6 months, instead of 4, which saves me the cost of changing my flight. Visa extension seems to be a mere formality.
I fly back to Australia for 1 or 2 weeks to see family, before returning to Fiji. I have done this 6 monthly since my arrival in Fiji. I have never been asked to show my return ticket at Nadi Airport yet, but have been asked at Sydney Airport on departure, for some reason.
Guessing the same rules would apply to Americans, as it does to Australians.
Hope this answers your questions, and welcome, in advance, to Fiji.
posted TV Show - Looking for Stand-ins
on the Fiji forum on April 10, 2014:
replied to the thread Aus to Fiji
on the Fiji forum:
My partner and I are looking at moving to the Coral Coast, Fiji.
We are checking out some land in a few weeks. Exciting!!
Just wondering if there is anyone on here that lives in Fiji, in particular the Coral Coast, that can share any wisdom or experiences with us??
Thanks in advance. :)
We are living here now and we live at Pacific Harbour. We are an hour west of Suva on the coral coast.
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Thanks for the reply.
Hehe, sounds like things operate on island time for sure! :) But thats part of the charm.
We were planning on buying land first, then building. But we will of course be ready for the looong build time.
I hear Pacific Harbour is a fun place to be. We love our diving and surfing, so the Coral Coast looks ideal for us.
Are you working there or retired?
Must be quite a change of scenery coming from Canada! Which I would to visit one day too.
I will check out the Realtor you mentioned now....
Main home contains 3br's, 2 large loft areas. 2 car garage, 1br caretakers below.
replied to the thread Moving to Fiji from USA
on the Fiji forum:
I am new to this forum and am hoping to get advice from people who have relocated from the US to Fiji. I have been doing a lot of research and am leaning toward the Coral Coast area in Viti Levu.
I am a yoga teacher and hope to secure a job as an instructor at a resort before I relocate.
I would appreciate any feedback on good places to live in the area, prices, crime rate, shopping, etc.
Hi, we too are considering moving to fiji and have gotten conflicting info. I am a US medical doctor and my partner wants to set up a B&B or health retreat. So $1600 US gets you a....business license to start any business there! And gives you a 3 year work visa?
Also, is it really that polluted with litter? That surprises me. We will be spending 3 weeks there in May. Looking for land and housing to purchase as well as a place for me to practice medicine, either solo or to be hired in a clinic. I do primarily holistically medicine. Any suggestions?
It is easy and inexpensive to setup a sole trader business (us$1600) which gives you work permit and 3 year visa.
Let me know if you need assistance.
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Suva, Fiji
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I have been to Fiji - Suva many times (8). I have found the Native Fijians to be very friendly and hospitable to us. However the Indian Fijians have been rather rude to us. Also charged higher prices as well. It is the Indians NOT the Fijians who have this attitude problem with Americans Expats. I have found all Fijians not to have this attitude. I don't even go into the Indian business' due to their attitude.
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lol must be american
replied to the thread Holistic Health Care in Fiji?
on the Fiji forum:
I am considering a move from the US to Fiji. I own a small Holistic Health Care clinic which, of course, I will want to relocate there. I am not a licensed doctor but I am a state licensed massage therapist. Will that make any difference? What kind of reception, hurdles, hoops, etc... can I expect? Of course I'll do the leg work researching the move, just want a little info on what I'm up against.
I am a holistic MD in California looking to relocate to Fiji by next year. Following this thread and thought if there were synergy we could all share a practice? Where in Fiji are you looking?
Don't know much about this.