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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Emergency Message - Fiji
September 17, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting our consular district – Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, and Wallis & Futuna of a Tsunami Threat Forecast.  Tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters above the tide level are possible along some coasts of French Polynesia.  Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are forecast for some coasts of Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, and New Caledonia.  Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level for the coasts of Nauru.  Actual amplitudes at the coast may vary from forecast amplitudes due to uncertainties in the forecast and local features.  In particular maximum Tsunami amplitudes on atolls will likely be much smaller than the forecast indicates.  Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay alert for information and follow instructions from national and local authorities.  For more information you may visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:

You should protect your travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could delay or otherwise complicate your return to the United States.  Secure your travel documents, (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) by placing them in a safe, waterproof location or carry the documents with you.  You are urged to monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.

Tell family and friends in the United States of your whereabouts, and keep in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for information about the extreme weather, including possible evacuation and shelter information.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Those enrolled in STEP receive Messages and Emergency Messages for U.S. citizens.  These messages are placed on our website at the same time that they are sent via email to STEP enrollees.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll in person at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji
Telephone: (679) 331-4466
Emergency after-hours telephone: (679) 772-8049
Facsimile: (679) 330-2267  

American Citizens Services Unit e-mail:

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, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  For further information, please consult the Embassy website.  You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which also contains current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.