AUSTRALIA CLARIFIES TRAVEL ADVISORY

Caption: Fijian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with his Australian counterpart Hon Julie Bishop in this file photo.?

14 August 2014.?Australia?s travel advice, available through the Smartraveller website, provides a general assessment of the security environment facing Australian travelers overseas.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regularly reviews the travel advice for all countries.

The recent reissuing of advice for Fiji on 12 August was a result of a periodic review.

Contrary to incorrect media reporting which has since been corrected,DFAT has not upgraded the level of warning for Fiji and Suva and it remains unchanged.

The language contained in the travel advice mirrors the assessments made by a number of other countries in their own travel advice and has not changed since 2007.

Over 330,000 Australian tourists visit Fiji every year.? It remains a popular holiday destination for Australians and many of these tourists are repeat visitors.? These visitors have helped forge the strong and continuing people-to-people links between our two countries.

The Australian Government remains committed to normalising relations with Fiji and, as our ongoing assistance for the Fiji elections process and co-leadership of the Multinational Observer Group demonstrates, fully supports Fiji?s return to democracy.

 

DFAT PRESS RELEASE