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Important Information COVID19

Consulate Office, Sydney

In response to recent announcements made by the NSW Government, please be advised that our Sydney Consulate Office will be required to close until further notice with all work being conducted online or over the phone starting from Monday 26th July, 2021.
All passport appointments are on hold until further notice. Please contact our office if you have an existing appointment and are in need of further assistance.
During this time we encourage you to make use of consular services that are available online – https://investinfiji.today/application-forms/. Remember you can download, upload and pay for your application all from the comfort of your own home.
We would like to take this opportunity assure the community that the Fiji Consulate General is here to assist and will continue to provide the necessary consular support and advice that you may need during this time.

Please contact us on (02) 9900 0700 or [email protected] if you are in need of assistance.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to observe the rules & restrictions that are in place to ensure your health and safety and that of those around you – particularly the most vulnerable in our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates as they arise.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation.

Important Information for Travellers to Fiji

The Fijian Government has set out specific guidelines for entry into Fiji at this time. Please visit this Government website for all relevant information and entry requirements. Only Fiji citizens (Fijian passport holders) are able to enter Fiji at this time. Non-Fijian citizens (those that do not hold a Fijian passport but have a special permit) require approval from the Office of the Prime Minister for entry into Fiji. Contact the Office of the Prime Minister by emailing [email protected].  Non-Fijian citizens must have written permission from the Fijian Government before being accepted on the flight.

All arriving travellers must have documented proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 Test. This must be by way of a swab test, which is taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure date. See details of accepted tests here.

Specifically for travellers coming from Brisbane to Fiji, the following facilities in Queensland carry out tests per Fijian Government requirements:

Travellers must submit their negative COVID test results and pre-authorisation from the Fijian Government (for non-Fiji passport holders) at least 24hrs prior to departure to this email address: [email protected]

FAQ on Fiji Quarantine
Fiji Government COVID-19 Border Control Measures

Other tests from Government facilities may also be accepted.

All arriving travellers must got into mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a Fijian Government-selected facility for 14-days. They will be unable to go to their homes or residences. All arriving travellers will also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival into Fiji and on Day 12 of their quarantine.

Fijian citizens

  • From 29 March 2021,  Fijians citizens have to pay for quarantine in Fiji, unless they receive an exemption for medical travel approved by the Fijian Government. These costs will have to be paid at the quarantine hotel allocated by the Government. Details can be obtained by emailing [email protected] and [email protected].
  • Quarantine is at Fijian Government approved and managed hotel, and assigned upon arrival in Fiji
  • Access to a higher end accommodation is possible, but must be paid for by the requesting guest in its entirety. A request can be made by emailing the Fiji COVID Risk Mitigation Taskforce at [email protected] and [email protected].

Non-Fijian Citizens

  • Non-citizens will bear the cost of quarantine in Fiji. Information on quarantine charges and locations can be requested by emailing [email protected] and [email protected].
  • Non-citizens will bear costs of all COVID-19 tests done in Fiji. A COVID-19 Test will cost $300 (FJD) at payable in cash only at the Hotel Quarantine. Non-citizens are encouraged to convert their currency to Fijian dollars before they arrive or withdraw from ATMs available at Nadi International Airport.
  • Per the directive of authorities, transit passengers cannot be uplifted on repatriation flights to Fiji.

Important Information for Travellers to Australia

COVID-19 (PCR) Test

From 22 January 2021, if you are travelling to or transiting through Australia you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline, taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure.

If you do not have evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test, you should not go to the airport as your airline will not allow you to board the aircraft.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.

More information can be found at Department of Health website.

Entry to Australia

Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

  • Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compassionate or compelling reason to enter Australia can apply to the Australian authorities for an exemption
  • For information on the exemption categories, application form and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website
  • The Department of Home Affairs is experiencing high levels of demand for exemptions and there is no guarantee of either the timing of a decision or the outcome. You should make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation.

Quarantine Arrangements

All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments.

New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) have introduced charges for mandatory quarantine and other requirements (testing and screening) for all arriving travellers:

  • NSW: please see all relevant details here, including details on quarantine charges on the NSW Government website. The charge for quarantine in NSW is $3,000 (AUD) per adult, with further charges for additional adults and children. To see entire fee schedule and to find out whether you qualify for exemptions or support, please visit the link above.
  • QLD: please see rules around Queensland entry requirements can be found here. Information on mandatory quarantine and costs for arriving passengers is available here. The charge for quarantine in QLD is $2,800 (AUD) per adult, with further charges for additional adults and children.

Australian authorities have also provided an ‘Information for international travellers fact sheet’ to all travellers on arrival in Australia. This provides information on current requirements.

Transiting Australia

The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas. There are currently restrictions on transits due to coronavirus.

You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 8 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel. Fiji Airways passengers transiting through Sydney on this flight will have their bags checked through to their onward destination. They will not have access to their checked-in luggage in Sydney.

Restrictions on Australian citizens and permanent residents planning to depart Australia

Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents require permission (special exemption) from the Australian Government to leave Australia. Only those who are granted an exemption will be allowed to depart Australia. For more details and links for exemption applications, please click here.

Important Information for Travellers to New Zealand

Entry to New Zealand

Only the following are permitted to enter New Zealand without an exemption until further notice;

  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • a resident with valid travel conditions, unless you got a resident visa outside New Zealand and you have never used it to travel here
  • a partner or dependent child of a New Zealand citizen or resident, and your visa is based on this relationship
  • a diplomat who holds a post in New Zealand
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand

Resident visa holders

  • Travel conditions of all other resident visas must be valid for the holder to enter New Zealand.
  • Your resident visa must have been granted:
  • when you were in New Zealand, or
  • when you were offshore but you have used it to travel to New Zealand previously, or
  • because you previously held a resident visa while in New Zealand
  • *A dependent child must be younger than 20 if they have a temporary visa, or younger than 25 if they have a resident visa.

Managed isolation and quarantine

Travellers to New Zealand from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory.

All travellers are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight

More Details

New Zealand’s Official Covid-19 Website here.

Transiting in NZ
Request for travel to NZ
List of critical purpose reasons to travel
New Zealand Covid-19 border and health factsheet

 

FOR BUSINESSES IN FIJI: COVID-19 INFORMATION PORTAL

In response to the global emergence of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Ministry) has rolled out an information portal for businesses on the bizFIJI platform. This page provides information relating to COVID-19 as they affect businesses, as and when published by respective agencies.

The page is also an avenue for Fijian businesses that are adversely impacted and need advice or support, or in turn would like to offer suggestions and support, to contact the Ministry through the submission portal and the phone numbers provided.

Businesses and traders can also use this portal to get up-to-date information and links to all relevant border agencies, including contact details for further guidance. It also aims to prevent any inaccurate information on the Fijian Government’s response to the outbreak.

Any future changes to trade-related procedure and support for Fijian businesses will be made available through this portal. Information on the COVID-19 Response Budget, following announcement on 26 March 2020, by the Honourable Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, will also be made available.

Businesses are encouraged to regularly follow bizfiji.com/covid-19 for timely updates to assist in making prudent business decisions.

Launch of ePassports in Australia

FIJI E-PASSPORTS LAUNCHED IN AUSTRALIA

The launch of the new e-passport enrolment kit at Fiji’s Consulate General and Trade Commission Office in Sydney on Friday was part of the Fijian Government’s overall vision of improving passport issuance and also strengthening border security.

The enrolment kit will be used to capture biometric data for any new e-passport issuance.

The launch of the new enrolment kit means that Fiji’s Consulate General and Trade Commission Office will now be able to start accepting and processing e-passport applications from the 100,000 Fijians living in Australia, 60,000 of which reside in New South Wales alone.

At the launch, Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Immigration Mr. Yogesh Karan said the e-passports were designed to increase security, making it more difficult to change data recorded in the new e-passport and therefore, limiting the chance of fraud.

He added that the e-passport has security features to prevent the unauthorised reading or ‘skimming’ of data stored on the e-passport chip.

The launch was attended by community and business leaders, officials from the Department of Immigration as well as Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia, H. E. Luke Daunivalu.

Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration as part of its e-passport project, has also successfully launched e-passport enrolment kits at the Fiji High Commission in Wellington and London.

The second phase of the project will see the department setting up enrolment kits at our Diplomatic Missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Abu Dhabi and Tokyo.

 

You can see full coverage of the event here.

State Visit a success

VUVALE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN FIJI AND AUSTRALIA SIGNED.

Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama was accorded a guard of honour and 21-gun salute while arriving at Parliament House in Canberra, this morning.

After inspecting the guard of honour, Prime Minister Bainimarama was escorted by his Australian counterpart Prime Minister Scott Morrison into the House where he signed the visitor’s book and also met some school children.

Following this, the two leaders met behind closed doors to talk about pressing issues ahead of an official bilateral meeting.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Bainimarama said he was focused on advancing the era of respect and openness that should continue to define the engagements between Fiji and Australia.

Prime Minister Morrison, in his statement, said that despite the differences of opinions, he was adamant to work closely with his Fijian counterpart, Prime Minister Bainimarama.

“We have a long-standing relationship and nothing can come between us. Australia is ready to assist Fiji in any way,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

Discussions on the agreement of the Vuvale Partnership started when Prime Minister Morrison visited Fiji early this year. The partnership tables out certain pressing issues that Fiji and Australia can assist each other on.

Ends.

 

See full gallery here.

PM Bainimarama urges Fijian Diaspora in Sydney to invest in Fiji

Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama last night urged members of the Fijian community in Sydney to consider investing in their home country and be part of an increasingly dynamic and diversifying Fijian economy.

While addressing the Fijian Diaspora at Sydney’s Holiday Inn in Warwick Farm, Prime Minister Bainimarama said it “means a great deal to me, and every Fijian, that you remain so invested in the success of our country – a country that will always be home for you”.

“Our cities are modernising, services are becoming more available and reliable, our networks of infrastructure and consumer choices are expanding, businesses are growing bigger, and higher paying jobs are being made available,” he said.

“Young Fijians are stepping into an economy where their most ambitious dreams can become a reality, and they are making themselves heard in a democracy where their rights cannot be infringed and their voices cannot be silenced.

“For years, I’ve urged our Fijian diaspora to take up their role in the great story of Fijian progress to build industries through the ingenuity of the Fijian people and to capitalise on the growth of increasingly dynamic and diversifying economy.”

With the introduction of the new digitalFiji programme, Prime Minister Bainimarama added that applying for new businesses by any Fijian in any part of the world has undeniably been made easier.

“Under the digitalFiji umbrella, we’ve already launched an online “biz Fiji” portal. The portal gives you all the information you need, to turn a bright idea into a brand-new Fijian business.

“Our latest national budget identified key areas for growth, giving businesses every reason to expand into new arenas and grow their existing operations.

“Stamp duty on offshore borrowings has been eliminated, Fiji Airways is upgrading its fleet to consolidate its position, and open new markets and also expand import and export cargo capacities, zero fiscal and excise duty on building materials for new hotels, and the marketing grant to Tourism Fiji standing strong at $30 million.

“Our incentive package for ICTs no longer carries any minimum requirements, and the licensing fee has been removed entirely, loss carried forward has been extended from four to eight years for all businesses and 100 per cent of employer contributions to FNPF are now tax-deductible, among other initiatives.”

The Prime Minister also dispelled rumours of Fiji’s financial capacity and reassured the Fijian Diaspora that our economy is viable and healthy as never before.

“Our country is not what it was fifteen years ago. We’re capitalising on our prime geographic position, transforming our nation into a funnel for investment and technology,” he said.

“We’re supporting businesses to allow for cashless transactions and utilise e-payment gateways to step into the world of digital commerce. For those who are considering reclaiming your Fijian citizenship, we’ve just received our new Fijian e-passports last week. As you know, under my Government, we now allow for Fijians to hold multiple citizenships.

“The benefits of that offer are now bigger than ever, as these new e-passports allow for seamless, efficient travel in the world’s airports and immigration systems for our people, while strengthening the security of our own borders as well.

“You may all be settled in Sydney, but your Fijian pride beats as strongly in your hearts as it does in the hearts of Fijians across our islands today.”

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and his delegation will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a church service tomorrow morning.

Ends.

 

See full gallery here.

Launch of new e-Passports

“THE launch of new e-Passports will bring about benefits to all our citizens, both at home at those travelling abroad, as they will consolidate security requirements at our own borders and ease travel at ports of entry around the globe.”

This was highlighted by Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while launching the new e-Passports in Suva this morning.

PM Bainimarama said Fiji is taking the next step to a sweeping digital government transformation that will touch all corners of Fijian society, securing our borders, uplifting our economy and bettering the lives of our people along the way.

“When it comes to immigration, we have some exciting developments in the months ahead that will expedite work processes for visa approvals and forever make our immigration policies more secure, fair, and accountable.”

“I have applied the same spirit of progress to the Department of Immigration that has guided all of my government’s visionary leadership –– an open embrace of bold change.”

The e-Passports contain a new range of security features that will make it much more difficult for people to enter the country illegally, establishing a more secure Fijian passport, bringing greater integrity to our immigration system.

The transformation was spearheaded by digitalFIJI and is being undertaken in partnership with Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, a hugely ambitious programme which has already achieved a burst of advancements prior to today’s e-Passport roll out.

 

See full gallery here.

 

Launch of bizFIJI

Local and foreign businesses can now enjoy streamlined processes of setting up their businesses in Fiji through the new bizFiji portal, launched by the Fijian Government.

Officiating at the event, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the new portal creates the right environment for existing businesses and attract new businesses.

“The portal will also ensure that Government provides the opportunity for new entrepreneurs to not just focus on job creations but also for those that can become job creators themselves and this will suit the youths of this country.”

bizFIJI enables users to be better informed on the services and processes for applying for either “Starting a Business” or Obtaining Construction Permits”, at a centralised platform, which is accessible from both mobile devices and desktop computers.

To download application forms, necessary submission requirements and the relevant agencies involved together with the contact information for the respective agencies please visit www.bizfiji.com

 

#bizFIJI

If you're running a business or looking to start a business of your own — we've got great news. Today, we officially launched #bizFIJI: Fiji's online portal for anyone looking to register a business or obtain a construction permit. Starting a business isn't easy. In Fiji, it's meant running around from agency to agency to get the right information. Those days are over. Through the #bizFIJI information portal, users can access and download application forms to start a business or obtain a construction permit. They can view flowcharts and timelines that relevant agencies are required to meet and they can see clearly which processes can take place simultaneously. This launch isn't only about helping existing businesses, it's about making things easier for new businesses and Fijian entrepreneurs, especially our young people; helping them transform themselves into job-makers rather than job-takers. With the launch of this portal, Fiji is well and truly open for business! Expore the new portal here: https://www.business-fiji.com/

Posted by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on Wednesday, 10 July 2019

 

URGENT NOTICE

Bula,

For ALL Fiji Passport related enquiries and applications, please contact the Fiji Consulate General Office on 02-99000700 or email on [email protected] before lodging the applications online, by mail or in person.

Australia welcomes new Fiji High Commissioner H.E. Luke Daunivalu

Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission, Australia & New Zealand, is pleased to welcome His Excellency Luke Daunivalu who was officially sworn in as Fiji High Commissioner to Australia at Government House, Canberra.

See gallery of official swearing in ceremony below:

 

Office now fully cashless with state-of-the-art tablet facility

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission is proud to announce that our consular services are now fully cashless.

After becoming the first Fiji Government agency to establish an online payment portal, our next milestone has been the establishment of a tablet facility in our office. This tablet will allow our valued clients to use our payment portal to complete the application process for passports, dual citizenships, police clearances and more, instantly, and in the comfort of our Sydney office.

Our new user-friendly initiative will streamline applications and allow our diaspora to access important services quickly and conveniently.

Employment Opportunity – Consular Officer (Sydney)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand (‘the Office’) based in Sydney, Australia, carries out trade and investment promotion, as well as consular activities, on behalf of the Fijian Government and aims to contribute to Fiji’s economic prosperity through:

  • Improving market access for Fijian products and services in Australia and New Zealand;
  • Investment Promotion;
  • Export Promotion;
  • Trade facilitation in areas of quarantine, customs, ports and immigration;
  • Market Research and Intelligence for investment and export;
  • Providing consular assistance in a timely manner; and
  • Effectively promoting Fiji as an ideal business destination.

 

About the role

To be successful in this role, you will have proven experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders within business and in broader community environments.  Your ability to be a quick learner will be invaluable as will your ability to engage effectively with key clients.

You will also be valued for your ability to work successfully within an unstructured environment, influence others to act quickly and work well with senior stakeholders. Ultimately you will use your underlying interpersonal skills, strong analytical abilities and proven good judgement to effectively and efficiently deliver key consular services within a complex operating environment.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for a passionate, disciplined, driven and committed individual to contribute to the development of the Fijian economy and our people.

The position is responsible and accountable to the Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand (CGTC ANZ).

 

The position will have the following overarching responsibilities:

  • Deliver consular services to relevant clientele in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Be an effective conduit to the Fijian community in Australia with the aim of promoting unity and harmony;
  • Support the Office in organising community events and programmes that will fulfill the above objectives; and
  • Ensure effective communication and visibility of the work of the Office within the Fijian diaspora and broader Australian community.

 

Benefits and perks

The Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission Office is ideally located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, adjacent to Hyde Park and nearby to convenient amenities such as gyms, restaurants and public transportation. We have just moved into a new facility and values encompassing a strong work/life balance, high job satisfaction and team morale are integral to our work environment and part of our ethos. The Office comprises a team of empowered professionals who are committed and passionate about serving the people of Fiji.

 

Skills and experience

  • The Applicant should be a Fijian citizen or Australian citizen/Permanent Residency holder and possess relevant qualifications in the field of immigration, customs, border control, community development or any other related field;
  • Have at least five (5) years’ relevant work experience in a similar senior role, preferably with a strong background and achievements in meeting targets in either a public or private sector environment;
  • Have sound knowledge and strong understanding of different Fijian cultures and traditions, in particular the iTaukei culture and traditional ceremonies, as the incumbent will be required to represent the Office at these important events;
  • Understand the legislative framework and regulations pertaining to immigration and other consular areas of responsibility; and
  • Possess a good understanding of community and stakeholder engagement, preferably in the Australian context, and be an effective representative of CGTC ANZ on key community issues;

 

Key Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skill combined with strong presentation and speaking skills;
  • A leader and self-starter with the ability to produce high quality reports and briefs that are user-friendly in a timely manner;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Understanding of teams and how to work effectively within a team environment;
  • Strong management, administrative, organisational and project management ability;
  • Proficient with technology & computer literacy in MS Word, MS Outlook and MS Excel;
  • Ability to establish and maintain healthy working environment and relationships with all stakeholders;
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and organisational skills; and
  • Current drivers licence.

 

How to Apply

To apply for the above position, please provide an updated resume (CV), at least three (3) referees with one being a current or recent supervisor and a covering letter of no more than three pages, which explains how you meet the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted online via the listing on ‘Seek Australia’ which can be accessed here.

Applications for the position must be submitted by 4.30pm on Friday, 26 March 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

The Fiji Consulate General Sydney and Trade Commission to Australia and New Zealand is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our work in Australia and New Zealand please visit our website at www.investinfiji.today

Should you have any further question about the role or if you face any difficulties with submitting your application please contact our office via email: [email protected] or phone +61 (2) 9900 0700.

See full job description here – JD for Consular Officer (Sydney)

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