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Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

THE Australian government has issued a general precautionary statement to Australians wanting to visit Fiji during this time and to those holidaying here.

In a statement on the travel advice website, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade called on Australians to exercise normal safety precautions.

However, the statement did not indicate that Australians planning on coming to Fiji for a visit to cancel their trip.

The department is urging Australians already in the country to follow the instructions of local authorities and to monitor media and weather reports for information on the latest developments.

"The cyclone has caused flight cancellations to and from Fiji, including Air Pacific, Pacific Sun, Jetstar and Air New Zealand flights, and has affected tourist services.

"As a result you should contact your airline, tour operator or hotel for information on how your individual travel plans are affected," the statement said.

The department is also asking Australians holidaying and those who are here on work permits to contact family and friends in Australia and give them an update on their welfare and whereabouts.

The department further advised that Australians continue to check the website of the Fiji Meteorological Service as it provides up-to-date information about weather conditions in Fiji, including cyclone information.

It also stated that visitors carry their travel documents at all times (passport and photo identification) or to secure them in a safe, waterproof location and that the direction and strength of tropical cyclone can change with little warning.





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