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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Security Message - Fiji
August 15, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the Republic of Fiji that the annual Hibiscus Festival will be held at Albert Park, Suva from August 15 to August 23, 2014. During this event there will be an increase in the number of people in the capital. Petty crimes do occur during this event and if you are planning to attend one of the programs during the week, please be more vigilant, especially at night.

On Saturday, August 16, there will be a march from the Suva Flea Market to Albert Park, and on Saturday, August 23 there will be a float procession from Suva Flea Market to Albert Park. During these periods, Rodwell Road, Scott Street, Thomson Street and Victoria Parade in Suva will be closed to all traffic. Roads leading to the march and float procession route will also be affected. These march and float processions usually start at 1:00 pm. If you are planning to drive into the capital, please plan accordingly to avoid traffic congestion.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in Fiji 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, you will receive the most recent security and safety updates during your trip.  Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency.  While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

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.