International Civil Society Week 2017 will be held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) campus in Fiji’s capital Suva, from 4-8 December, 2017.
Hosting ICSW 2017 in the Pacific affords delegates a unique opportunity to better appreciate and understand close-up the context of those who live on the frontlines of climate change. Fiji is playing a key role in 2017 on climate change negotiations, having co-chaired with Sweden, the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York in June 2017. Fiji also holds the Presidency of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP 23) on climate change, taking place in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.
ICSW 2017 organisers will apply a wide-range of planet friendly conferencing approaches in the lead-up to and during the meeting. These will range from locally sourcing food and materials, to ‘going paperless.’
Below you will find general information on what you can expect when travelling to Fiji.
General Travel Information
Airports and local transport
The main international airport for the Republic of Fiji is Nadi International Airport where most of the international flights arrive. Despite being Fiji’s main airport, Nadi is located about 200 kilometres away from the country’s capital Suva. There are numerous buses operating from Nadi Airport to Suva.
Suva also has its own airport called Nausori International Airport. ICSW 2017 organisers will arrange shuttle buses from Nausori International Airport (SUVA) to University of South Pacific.
Venue and accomodation
The University of the South Pacific, or USP is an intergovernmental organisation and public research university with locations in a dozen countries in Oceania. USP will be the official event venue for ICSW 2017. In addition, USP will offer delegates subsidised, basic student accommodation at its Suva campus. Find out more about USP here: https://www.usp.ac.fj/.
Visit the following websites to verify whether you require a visitor’s permit when traveling to Fiji.
The ICSW team will facilitate your visa application only after your registration has been finalised through the validation of your online registration application and payment of corresponding registration fee. You will then receive an invitation letter, further documentation and support essential for your visa application.
Fiji has two seasons: warm and even warmer. It’s a sunny, tropical climate. In December you can expect the temperatures to register from 22° to 33°c.
It is important to dress modestly when away from hotels and resorts and particularly when visiting a Fijian village. Avoid wearing a hat in a village as it is considered an insult to the village chief. It is also insulting to touch someone’s head. It's best to not wear shoes if visiting someone’s house. When visiting a village, it is customary to present an inexpensive gift of 'yaqona' or kava to the “Turaga Ni Koro”, the traditional head of the village. Be prepared to shake hands and answer personal questions as to where you are from, whether married; and, if so, how many children.
Fiji is free from malaria, yellow fever and major tropical diseases. Inoculations are only required if travelling from an infected area. There is an effective medical system in place with government and privately run hospitals, clinics, surgical centres, dental service and pharmacies.
Phone calls and Internet
Fiji’s country code is +679. Many hotels and resorts have direct dialling facilities (IDD), and card phones are available in many shops and stores. Look for the Telecom call card signage on display. Fiji is well serviced by local mobile networks including Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel and Inkk Mobile. You can also arrange roaming status before travelling here as well as on arrival.
Access to the internet and email is available in most parts of Fiji.
Currency and Banking
The Fijian dollar is the basic unit of currency, available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. Normal banking hours are 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday – Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays at selected areas. There is a 24-hour currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport. ATMs are located around the country.
You’ll find many retail outlets here, suitable for traditional tourist shopping. And if you venture a little further, you’ll discover fruit and vegetable markets, overflowing with produce, curio and handicraft vendors, Indian merchandise and speciality gift stores. It’s here that you might find yourself in a bargaining session over price. It’s all part of the experience, so go ahead and enter into the spirit of it.
Tipping is not encouraged, but you may, if you wish, offer extra payment for outstanding service.
The electric current is 240 volts AC 50Hz. Fiji has three-pin power outlets, which are identical to Australia and New Zealand.
A 9% Government Value Added Tax (VAT) is applicable to all goods and services in Fiji. Visitors staying in hotels and resorts are subject to 10% Hotel Turnover Tax (HTT) and Environment Levy of 6%.