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Fiji Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Apr 09, 2001

Fiji has experienced a period of political uncertainty following the May 19, 2000, seizure of Parliament by George Speight. On September 15, 2000, an improvised explosive device was disarmed at a popular hotel in the general vicinity of the complex in Suva where Speight and others involved in the seizure of Parliament are being tried. While there have been no further incidents of political violence since pro-government forces suppressed a mutiny at a Suva army barracks on November 2, 2000, a national state of emergency remains in force. Presently, major tourist areas are quiet and roads and airports are open. On March 1, 2001, the Appeals Court upheld Fiji's 1997 Constitution and ruled that the former parliament had not been properly dissolved. Subsequently, the interim government announced that new parliamentary elections would be held in August 2001. While the situation in Suva and throughout Fiji is calm at this time, further violent incidents and outbreaks 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, 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 February 9, 2001, to provide updated information on the security situation, and expires July 21, 2001.

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