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Fiji Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Jan 15, 2009

This Travel Alert is being issued to warn U.S. citizens traveling to the Republic of the Fiji Islands that torrential rains have created widespread flooding in low-lying areas throughout Fiji. This Travel Alert expires January 30, 2009.

Many roads were closed, and most of those that have reopened are damaged. Flooding has disrupted electricity, water, and landline telephone communications in some of the most severely affected areas. A State of Emergency has been declared in the Western District, which includes the tourist center of Nadi. Thousands of local residents have been moved to evacuation centers. Although most hotels report they are operating normally, travelers should check with the resorts where they will be staying to determine if guests are encountering problems.

More rainfall is predicted for the Fiji island group. Updated weather information is available at: www.met.gov.fj. American citizens also are encouraged to review the Department of State Travel Alert concerning the November through April cyclone season that affects the islands of the South Pacific, at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4405.html

American citizens considering travel to Fiji are urged to register with the Department of State through the travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy in Suva to contact them in case of emergency.

The Embassy is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva. The Embassy's American Citizen Services Unit can be reached by phone at (679) 331-4466 and by e-mail at consularsuva@state.gov.

Updated information on travel and security in Fiji may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Fiji, which is available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov

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