Embassy of Fiji- Washington D.C

Embassy of Fiji- Washington D.C The Embassy of Fiji in Washington D.C is located on 1707 L Street, Suite 200, NW, Washington, DC 20036. The Embassy is accredited to Canada and Mexico.
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You can inbox us for any consular matter, trade and investment opportunities. Simply inbox us. Fiji’s Embassy in Washington D.C (shortened as FEW) is strategically placed amidst the world’s centre of “think tanks” where socio-economic and geo-political issues and events are discussed which, in some way or another, shape the turn of events for most world economies and their foreign policy directions. In that regard, FEW analyses the discussions and key decisions made at the executive and legislative branch of the US Government and highlights how these directly or indirectly affect the country’s socio-economic development, especially for line ministries and agencies that need to be aware of these developments. At the same time, FEW explores avenues to advance, promote and protect Fiji’s political and socio-economic interests through improved bilateral relations with continuous proactive engagements in a number of forums. These forums include the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Pacific Constituency, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/ International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation(ITSO). Aside from these, FEW is engaged in continuous dialogues on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT), US Trade Representative- Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), International Sugar Trade Coalition- (ISTC)- for countries that export sugar to the US, Peace Corp Volunteer Program and the East-West Center Scholarship Program (4 different types which Fiji students are eligible to apply). In addition to the East-West Center scholarship program, the Embassy will explore the other 602 higher education opportunities in the US that are available for students from Fiji, found on: http://www.fundingusstudy.org/SearchResult.asp?area=7&area2=16&area3=205&aos=&com=&state=&spon= Aside from these, FEW is tasked with collaborating closely with Fiji’s ‘Trade Commissioner’ and ‘Tourism Fiji’ Office in Los Angeles and Offices of Fiji Airways in Los Angeles and New York to ensure smooth coordination and collaboration on initiatives that pertain to their core deliverables. The Embassy provides consular assistance not only to the Fijian Diaspora communities in the US, Canada and Mexico, but also for those seeking assistance in travelling to, or investing in Fiji. FEW is also engaged in a number public diplomacy engagements within the diplomatic corps in the United States, and also in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Finally, the Mission is closely linked to the activities of the Ministry’s Climate Change Division, the Department of Environment and related NGOs and agencies, because of its affiliation to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - the overarching funding agency that looks after all Climate Change, Environment and Sustainable development issues and activities. In 2014 Fiji will, for the first time, be the Council Member of the Pacific Constituency of GEF and this is a very influential role in the financing of all GEF activities not only for Fiji but for the Pacific countries as well.

Mission: To advance and safeguard Fiji’s best interest by understanding and meeting the needs of all key customers in Fiji, and the needs of potential investors as our first and foremost priority. Based on these needs, the Embassy is dedicated to strengthening partnership and networking, focusing on providing the highest quality of services, creating awareness and promote trade and investment for all sectors of Fiji’s economy for higher and sustainable economic growth, development and improvement of our well-being. The Embassy will also invest in strengthening diplomatic relations, committed to innovation and the use of modern and available technologies whilst promoting sound environmentally-friendly practices. To achieve these, the Embassy will pursue capacity-building programs for its staff, develop a conducive work environment with good working conditions for a committed and loyal team of talented staff that will build a strong public image of Fiji. The Embassy of Fiji in Washington D.C actively pursues its vision through a strong commitment to its mission.

Operating as usual

10/23/2020
Expression of Interest (EOI) - For Public Relations Agencies On A Project Support Basis

Expression of Interest (EOI) - For Public Relations Agencies On A Project Support Basis

Tourism Fiji is responsible for promoting Fiji as a global travel destination through world-class marketing - helping consumers, travel agents, and media understand the beauty and character of the island nation.

In 2019, Fiji welcomed a record of 110,237 visitors from the USA and Canada. COVID-19 aside, growth out of North America, particularly the USA, is strong and the US is becoming a leading market for visitor arrivals into Fiji. For North Americans, Fiji’s key selling points include the ease of getting to Fiji (10-hour overnight flight from West Coast), the variety of activities available (there’s something for everyone in Fiji), and the transformational experience that travelers have while in Fiji (come as a visitor, leave as family). North American travelers to Fiji are primarily concentrated on the West Coast of the US and Canada – California, Washington, and British Colombia, however additional states such as Arizona, Florida, Texas and New York are showing an increased interest in Fiji.

Following the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic in March, Fiji closed its borders to international visitors and remains closed at present. Fiji’s government has taken extreme caution in successfully preventing any sort of COVID-19 outbreak within the islands and, to-date, the country has had under 40 cases total. Upon reopening the borders to North American visitors in 2021, Fiji is primed to be an ideal post-pandemic destination – one that is COVID-19 safe, allows natural social distancing, has a wide variety of islands to choose from, offers mostly boutique resorts with under 50 rooms total, and is known for its wide open beaches and expansive rainforests. Fiji’s re-entry into the market will be critical for the future of the country and its tourism industry for years to come.

Scope of Work

Tourism Fiji’s North America office (based in Los Angeles, CA) is seeking Public Relations Agencies to assist on a project basis to support our efforts in continuing to increase destination awareness and travel preference through earned media opportunities. Tourism Fiji will select three preferred agencies to be on contract for a duration of three years, during which project-based support will be solicited on a case-by-case basis. The three selected agencies will be the only agencies in which Tourism Fiji utilizes for project-based support during the contract term.

For each project, Tourism Fiji will administer a request for proposal (RFP) to the three agencies and select the best fitting agency to hire. The selected agency will work with the Tourism Fiji in-house Regional Manager and PR & Marketing Manager on creating and executing a public relations campaign in the North American market (USA and Canada.) Prior to the commencement of each project, Tourism Fiji and the selected agency will come to an agreement on the campaign ideation, scope, timeline, expected deliverables, budget, and agency fee.

Projects may include some or all of the following in the scope of work:

Creative idea generation
Facilitation of brand partnerships
Media pitching and press release creation
Media Missions/Events
Media Famils
Regular campaign reports
Applicant Criteria

The agency must have a minimum of 5 years operation experience in planning and executing public relations campaigns across a diversity of media channels and North America markets. The agency should be able to provide well-qualified, dedicated service, showing strategic and creative campaign capabilities for generating earned media opportunities for Fiji.

Selection Process

If you are interested in being one of Tourism Fiji’s preferred public relations agencies on a project basis for the contract duration of three years, please follow the below steps.

Round 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

Please submit an Expression of Interest in your preferred format inclusive of the following information:

Agency profile, credentials and other relevant information
Sampling of current and recent client list with testimonials
Profile of key members of anticipated team
Examples of successful public relations campaigns
Agency fees and examples of campaign costs
Round 2: Request for Proposal (RFP)

Should you be selected to participate in the second round, Tourism Fiji will administer a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the first anticipated project, which is a creative public relations campaign for Fiji’s market re-entry post COVID-19. This campaign will be launched leading up to Fiji’s borders re-opening to Americans which is estimated to be in Spring 2021, but subject to change. Each agency will prepare a one-hour visual presentation to be given virtually at a mutually selected time. Tourism Fiji will notify the selected agencies and provide further details following the first round.

Timeline of selection process:

Friday, November 13: Deadline for EOI submissions
Week of November 16: Agencies selected to participate in 2nd round; project RFP is provided
Weeks of December 7 & December 14: Agency presentations
Week of January 4: Three agencies are selected to be on contract as a preferred agency of Tourism Fiji North America.
Week of January 4: One of the contracted agencies is selected for the Market Re-Entry Project
TBD 2021: Commencement of Market Re-Entry Project ahead of Fiji’s borders re-opening to North Americans
All questions and proposals should be directed to:

Hannah Townsend,
Tourism Fiji
PR & Marketing Manager, North America
5777 W. Century Boulevard, Suite 220, Los Angeles CA 90045
Phone: (310) 418-0421
Email: [email protected]

*The costs of preparing the proposals are not reimbursable, and Tourism Fiji is not bound to accept any of the proposals submitted.

Thank you in advance for your sincere interest in Tourism Fiji.

https://corporate.fiji.travel/news/expression-interest-eoi-public-relations-agencies-project-support-basis

Tourism Fiji’s North America office (based in Los Angeles, CA) is seeking Public Relations Agencies to assist on a project basis to support our efforts in continuing to increase destination awareness and travel preference through earned media opportunities.

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Fiji Airways
10/20/2020

Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways Seeks Expressions of Interest for Nadi-Los Angeles and Los Angeles – Nadi Repatriation Flights

Fiji Airways is exploring repatriation flight options between Nadi and Los Angeles in late November or early December, which will allow citizens and approved persons to return home. Flight details can only be confirmed if there is adequate demand for these services. To assist, Fiji Airways is actively seeking expressions of interest from citizens and residents currently in these cities wishing to be on these flight. This can be done by submitting a form on this link - https://bit.ly/3o7j4wB

The expression of interest can be submitted by American citizens or residents currently in Fiji wishing to return to The United States. Fijian citizens and other approved persons currently in The United States can also register their interest to be on the return flight to Nadi. All flight details will be made available if this flight meets the demand requirement to launch such a service. If confirmed, all passengers must adhere to several entry requirements in place by Fiji and the United States.

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***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 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: https://www.mcttt.gov.fj/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Flyer.jpg.

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***

• Must have documented proof of a negative COVID-19 Test
• Fijians citizens do not have to pay for quarantine or for COVID-19 tests in Fiji
• Quarantine is at Fijian Government approved hotels
• 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

***Non-Fijian citizens***

• Must have documented proof of a negative COVID-19 Test
• Non-citizens will bear the cost of quarantine in Fiji. Information on quarantine charges and locations can be requested by emailing [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.

Fijian Government
10/16/2020

Fijian Government

FIRST TRADE AND INVESTMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN USA AND FIJI

The Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Hon. Faiyaz Koya and the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, signed the first ever United States of America-Fiji Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).

Signed during a virtual meeting held at the Civic Towers today, the US-Fiji TIFA is also the first Agreement for the US to sign with a Pacific Island country and this is a milestone achievement for #Fiji.

“Fiji has been part of the US Generalised System of Preference, which has enabled #Fijian exporters to obtain duty-free entry of eligible products into the US market.”

“We envisage the TIFA to become a foundation to commencing discussions on a US-Fiji Trade Agreement, which would offer predictability in terms of business planning, investments and further re-investments by the private sector,” Minister Koya stated.

There is confidence that the partnership between the two countries will grow and economic ties will be deepened after the signing of the TIFA.

#FijianGovernment #TeamFiji #FijiNews

To all our fellow Fijians at home and around the globe, we take this opportunity to wish you all the best Fiji Day ever ...
10/09/2020

To all our fellow Fijians at home and around the globe, we take this opportunity to wish you all the best Fiji Day ever and may this 50th anniversary of our independence bring forth greater success, good health and a prosperous future for our beloved Fiji.

Fijian Government
10/02/2020

Fijian Government

Businesses In Levuka Prepare For Fiji50

Several shop owners in #Levuka Town are slowly decorating their shops with their #Fiji Day products anticipating the country’s upcoming 50 years of Independence on October 10th (Fiji50).

Though sales have been quite slow because of the #COVID19 pandemic, that has not deterred the spirits of business owners to display Fiji Day related products in their shops.

For Vallabh & Sons owner Navin Vallabh, 72, this year is extra special to him because of Fiji turning 50. Serving the town of Levuka for the past 96 years, Mr Vallabh’s family has called Levuka their home for almost a century.

“Our great grandfathers came from India as tailors and our family business started in 1924. My father sewed Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s uniform at the time when he was attending Levuka Public School.”

Mr Vallabh clearly remembers the 1970 Independence Day held in Levuka, Ovalau, stating it as an occasion he will never forget.

“Prince Charles came that year and the town was filled with floats and colours. It was a happy occasion. My favourite part of that day was the re-enactment of the signing of the Deed of Cession. It was an occasion that I still hold so dear today .”

Mr Vallabh also stated that residents in the town have been purchasing a lot of blue material for Fiji Daywear and for family kala-vata.

#FijianGovernment #TeamFiji #FijiNews

Tourism Fiji
09/29/2020

Tourism Fiji

Your daily dose of greens. 🏝️🥦

Paradise Cove Resort prides itself on providing a quality, luxury experience for their guests.

Not only do they pride themselves on their friendly hospitality, but they are committed to ensuring the experiences they offer today, remain here for generations to come.

While we wait for your return, they will continue conserving the environment, improving the well being of local villages nearby and protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.

📸 Paradise Cove Resort
📍 Paradise Cove Resort, Yasawa Islands, Fiji
#Fiji #YasawaIslands #Paradise #Sustainability #ResponsibleTourism

Tourism Fiji
09/28/2020

Tourism Fiji

'Blue Lanes' are open!

If you are a yachtie looking for your next adventure, Fiji is ready to give you a big "Bula" welcome!

We have major #FOMO seeing all of the yachtie adventures happening around our 333 beautiful islands.

To learn more about the programme, visit our website and start planning your sailing adventure to Fiji.​

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📍 Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

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Fijian Government
09/27/2020

Fijian Government

Bula everyone!

Weeks away from Fiji’s 50th birthday, we are kicking off our nationwide celebrations at home with the “Decorate Your Home” Competition.

Despite the pandemic overseas, Fijians have our health. While we are grateful and proud to be a COVID-Contained country, we cannot be complacent: Our homes and communities are still the safest places to celebrate.

That is why we are giving Fijian families the chance to deck out their homes in the very best of Fiji Blue, with flags, lights, plants, flowers, or other household decorations. No one needs to spend a lot of money to join the fun. The winning family will be the one who creatively shows their patriotism by making the most of what they have. And we have a great cash prize lined up for our winner.

You should send photos of your decorated home to the Fijian Government page by the 9th of October, telling us who you are and where you are from –– along with the story behind your decorations. The Fijian Government page is also where you’ll find more details about this competition. You can also Viber, WhatsApp or text your photos to 222 3501.

We can’t wait to see the creativity Fiji’s families have to give this competition. Together, let us once again show the world what kind of people we are and what a great country we have made by making this our nation’s best birthday ever.

#FijiNews #TeamFiji #Fiji #Fiji50

09/12/2020

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR REPATRIATING FIJIANS

Bula Vinaka!

As a Fijian Citizen/Passport holder you are welcome to return home.

Process:

1. All Fijian Citizens repatriating to Fiji must undergo a COVID-19 test for a sample collected at most 72 hours prior to departure to ensure your safety and others that you will be traveling with.

2. Please note, a pre-departure COVID-19 test for returning Fijian Citizens is mandatory. The COVID-19 test must be on the RT-PCR testing platform and the Citizen is required to carry the printed test result while traveling. Rapid tests, antigen/antibody tests, home collection tests are not acceptable.

3. If the Fijian Citizen is unable to test in country of departure, please contact the Department of Immigration (Pereeza Ali – email: [email protected]).

4. All Fijian Citizens will again be tested for COVID-19 following their arrival to Fiji. If they test negative for the virus, they will enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government designated border quarantine facility. Accommodation and meals are covered by the Fijian Government. If they develop any COVID-like symptoms during the course of quarantine they will undergo additional tests for the virus. Regardless of whether or not symptoms display, all citizens must undergo a border quarantine exit test at day 12 of their 14-day quarantine period.

5. All testing costs are covered by the Fijian Government. If at any point a citizen tests positive for COVID-19, they will be entered into an isolation facility, with all costs covered by the Fijian Government.

6. It is possible to quarantine in a higher end facility. However, the citizen is required to pay all costs related to the quarantine, including accommodation and meals.

7. In regards to higher end quarantine arrangements, please contact the Nadi COVID-19 Response Team on email: [email protected]

This message is authorized by the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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1707 L Street, Suite 200, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20036

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This is the 2nd page for the Embassy. The 1st one will remain an important archive for us, and we hope to build from where our predecessors have left off.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30

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