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Fiji Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 26, 2001

Fiji has experienced political uncertainty following the May 19, 2000, seizure of Parliament by George Speight. A national state of emergency remains in force. Presently, major tourist areas are quiet, and roads and airports are open.

New parliamentary elections are scheduled for August 25, through September 1, 2001. In addition, legal proceedings related to the events of May 19, 2000 are continuing. While the situation in Suva and throughout Fiji is calm at this time, protests and incidents of civil unrest remain possible.

U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution, keep a low profile, avoid large gatherings and potential demonstration sites, and be alert to suspicious or unclaimed packages. Americans should also monitor the local media for developments that may affect their safety.

U.S. citizens in Fiji are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Suva. For general information on travel to Fiji, please consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for Fiji, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy by telephone at 011-679-314-466.

This replaces the Public Announcement for Fiji of April 9, 2001, to provide updated information on the security situation, and it expires on December 12, 2001.

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