Travel Vaccination Advice for Fiji
Let’s cut straight to the chase. No, you do not need vaccinations for Fiji, except for yellow fever if you are coming from a yellow fever area. There are, however, some recommended vaccines. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that travellers be covered with up-to-date vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio for anywhere in the world. As some vaccinations that you may have had as a child need a booster shot as an adult, it’s best to see your doctor about 4-6 weeks before your trip (at the latest) to see what vaccines you need. Nevertheless, we’ll give you an idea of what you need with this guide to: Do You Need Vaccines to Travel Fiji?
What Vaccinations Do You Need to Enter Fiji?
There are no vaccinations required to enter Fiji unless you are coming from a yellow fever area. In this case, you will need an International Health Certificate to show that you have been immunised within the last 10 years.
Recommended Vaccinations for Fiji
Despite the list of recommended vaccinations, the likelihood of visitors to Fiji getting an infectious disease is very slim, except for Dengue Fever (see in the section below) that there is no vaccine for.
Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to make sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date (adults require boosters for some vaccines), and get the travel vaccinations that we list below to stay on the safe side.
Visit your travel clinic or GP 4-6 weeks before your trip to get up-to-date information on which vaccines are best to have for Fiji. When you get vaccines for you or your children, make sure to keep a record of them – many practices offer a “Travel Vaccination Passport”.
Travel Vaccinations for Fiji
Typhoid is a disease spread through food and water. There have been isolated outbreaks of typhoid in Fiji on Vanua Levu in recent years during the wet season (November-April). The typhoid vaccine typically lasts two years.
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A spreads through food and water. While most people recover completely from Hepatitis A, the vaccine is close to 100% protective.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B spreads through blood and body fluids and is much more serious than Hepatitis A. While treatment is complex, the prevention vaccine is highly effective.
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
The MMR vaccine is given to children as routine in many countries. The vaccine is recommended to anyone unvaccinated. An adult booster is also recommended.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (TDAP) Vaccine
These airborne diseases are also spread through wounds. While this is a routine vaccination in children in many countries, an adult booster is recommended, particularly for pertussis.
Polio spreads through food and water. The polio vaccine is considered routine for children in many countries. A single adult booster vaccine is recommended.
Meningococcal disease, which causes meningitis, is an airborne disease which has been an issue in local communities in Fiji in the past. The vaccine is recommended to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk.
Health Issues to be Aware of in Fiji
While Fiji is safe for most travellers, there are few slightly more common medical issues experienced in Fiji. Take a look at the list below of some that you need to be aware of. For more information on symptoms, see How to Keep Safe in Fiji.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-transmitted disease which has had a few outbreaks in Fiji in the past. While there is no vaccine for dengue fever, the best way to prevent it is to prevent day-biting mosquitos by staying in resorts that control mosquitos, wear long-sleeved clothing and use insect repellent. See 12 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Fiji for more preventions.
Heat stroke is caused by long periods of sun exposure. It can be prevented by applying high-factor sunscreen every three hours, covering up exposed skin, staying in the shade at midday, and drinking plenty of water. Check out our recommended sunscreens in 10 Best Environmentally-Friendly Sunscreens and 5 Best Environmentally-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids and Babies in Fiji.
E-coli (Traveller’s Diarrhoea)
E-coli is a virus resulting from contaminated food and water. Precautions to take include boiling water for at least 10 minutes if the water is not from a safe source and washing hands regularly.
Ciguatera is fish poisoning caused by eating reef fish that have eaten particular types of seaweed. Ways to prevent it include only eating the fish that the locals eat or avoid eating reef fish altogether.
For more information, see How to Keep Safe in Fiji.