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Fiji Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Aug 10, 2007

This public announcement is updated to reflect the current security situation in Fiji. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to the Republic of Fiji due to the current unstable environment in the country. This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement issued on 12 June 2007 and expires on 31 October 2007.

On 5 December 2006, the Commander of Fijis military deposed the lawfully elected government of Fiji. An unelected interim government was later established. While a State of Emergency is no longer in effect, some basic rights remain uncertain. The independence of Fijis law enforcement and judicial systems appears to have been compromised, putting into question protections ordinarily afforded by the rule of law.

While Fiji is currently calm, political and economic uncertainties continue. Ongoing public-sector strikes and other potential labor actions could affect public services such as health care. Police checkpoints remain in place in and around major population centers. The security situation, especially in Suva, could deteriorate rapidly.

American citizens in Fiji should remain vigilant, particularly in public and near military sites in the greater Suva area, and should avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and become violent unexpectedly. Americans considering travel to Fiji despite this Public Announcement, as well as those residing or traveling in Fiji, are urged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy through the State Departments travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The Embassy is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy 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 Consular Information Sheet for Fiji and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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