Fiji Time: 1:53 AM on Wednesday 1 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Australia defends advisory

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, August 15, 2014

THE Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says language in their latest travel advisory for Fiji mirrors assessments by other countries and this has not changed since 2007.

DFAT made the comments as it clarified incorrect media reports on the reviewed travel advisory for Australians travelling to Fiji.

The renewed travel advisory calls for Australians to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Suva because of the prevalence of crime and potential for civil unrest.

Fiji did not react kindly to the reviewed advisory and Fiji Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola expressed his disappointment that the "Australian Government had deemed it appropriate for the upgrading of the Australian travel advisory".

But DFAT clarified its position in a statement yesterday.

"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 Australian government said in a statement.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Australia applauds Fiji
  2. FLP mourns death of party member
  3. Memorial for former teacher
  4. Advice against unhealthy diets
  5. Aussies restore ties
  6. Relief for Westerners as rain falls
  7. Forgiveness and reconciliation to benefit vanua
  8. Police treat death of girl, 13, as murder
  9. Longer dry spell looms
  10. Ministry gets updates

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ro Teimumu is Leader of the Opposition Wednesday (24 Sep)
  2. Mata apologises Wednesday (24 Sep)
  3. Luveni vacates her seat, Tuitubou is now an elected MP Wednesday (24 Sep)
  4. PM designates Cabinet portfolios Thursday (25 Sep)
  5. Our new Speaker Thursday (25 Sep)
  6. Moment of silence Thursday (25 Sep)
  7. Salary budget soon Thursday (25 Sep)
  8. PM's first official trip Wednesday (24 Sep)
  9. PM: Work with me Monday (29 Sep)
  10. Police intervene Friday (26 Sep)