How Much Duty-Free Goods Can You Bring into Fiji?
We’ve all been there: when you have some excess currency that you’d rather spend than convert, it’s easy to grab yourself something from the duty-free stores before leaving a country (and hopefully get a bargain). However, if your next destination is Fiji, then be aware that there is a limit to how much alcohol, tobacco products and other duty-free goods you can legally bring into the country. In this guide, we’ll go over the duty-free allowances for Fiji.
For more arrival advice, see Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Fiji and The Complete Guide to Nadi Airport.
How to Declare Your Duty-Free Goods When Arriving in Fiji
So we’ve established there are allowances for the number of duty-free goods you can bring into Fiji, but how do they check? First, you will be asked to declare any duty-free goods on your Fiji Passenger Arrival Card, which you receive on your flight or cruise into Fiji, specifically related to whether you are bringing over the allowance of alcohol or tobacco products. Find out more about the arrival card in our complete guide to The Passenger Arrival Card for Fiji. You may then be asked by an Immigration/Customs Officer on arrival into Fiji how much alcohol or tobacco products you have with you. Finally, your luggage will be x-rayed when going through Biosecurity.
Note that you only need to declare the duty-free goods that you are bringing into Fiji if they exceed the allowance (see below for the Fiji duty-free allowance). If you are unsure, it’s best to declare them anyway. Not declaring your goods could result in an FJ$400 fine.
Find out more about what else you need to declare in What to Declare When Arriving in Fiji.
Duty-Free Allowances for Fiji
Each passenger arriving in Fiji is entitled to a certain amount of duty-free goods. Here is a quick breakdown of allowances of duty-free goods each passenger can bring into Fiji.
Duty-Free Allowance for Alcohol
Each passenger of 17 years old and over can bring the following quantities of duty-free alcoholic beverages into Fiji, providing they are for personal use and not for sale:
- Spirits/liquors not exceeding 2.25 litres (76oz) or
- Wines not exceeding 4.5 litres (152oz) or
- Beers not exceeding 4.5 litres (152oz) or
- A combination of wines and beers as long as the combined quantity does not exceed 4.5 litres (152oz).
Duty-Free Allowance for Tobacco, Cigarettes or Cigars
Each passenger of 17 years old and over can bring the following quantities of duty-free tobacco, cigarettes and/or cigars into Fiji, providing they are for personal use and not for sale:
- Cigarettes not exceeding 250 sticks or
- Cigars not exceeding 250 grams (8.8oz) in net weight or
- Tobacco not exceeding 250 grams (8.8oz) in net weight or
- A combination of cigarettes and tobacco (tobacco products) as long as it does not exceed 250 grams (8.8oz) in net weight.
Other Duty-Free Allowances
Each passenger may also bring duty-free goods into Fiji, other than alcohol and tobacco, as long as the combined value of the goods does not exceed FJ$1,000.
Duty-Free Allowances for Other Countries
When buying duty-free goods in Fiji that you intend to take home with you, remember that there are duty-free allowances when arriving in other countries too. Here is a quick list of the duty-free allowances for alcohol and tobacco products for countries with direct flights to Fiji.
Duty-Free Allowances for Countries with Direct Flights from Fiji
The list is formatted in the following way: Country – Age restriction for alcohol and tobacco goods (if there is one), Alcohol allowance, Tobacco allowance.
- Australia – 18 years+, 2.25 litres of alcohol, 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco or cigars
- Canada – 21 years+, 1.14 litres of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 200 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars or a combination not exceeding 250 grams
- New Zealand – 17 years+, 3 bottles of up to 1.125 millilitres each or 2.5 litres of wine or 2.5 litres of beer, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars or a combination not exceeding 250 grams
- Samoa – 16 years+, 1 litre of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco
- Tonga – 21 years+, 2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine, 400 cigarettes
- USA – 21 years+, 1 litre of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars or a combination not exceeding 250 grams
- Hong Kong – 1 litre of liquor over 30% alcohol, 19 cigarettes or 1 cigar or 25 grams of tobacco
- Kiribati – 21 years+, 1 litre of spirits or 1 litre of wine, 200 cigarettes or 225 grams of tobacco or cigars
- Solomon Islands – 2 litres of wine or spirits, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or 225 grams of tobacco
- Tuvalu – 18 years+, 1 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine, 200 cigarettes or 225 grams of tobacco or cigars
- Vanuatu – 1.5 litres of spirits and 2 litres of wine, 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
When buying goods in Fiji, you may also be entitled to the VAT Refund Scheme as a tourist. See What is the Currency in Fiji? for more information.