Other Consular Assistance:

Fiji Consular Assistance Services

  1. Police Clearance from the Fiji Police
  2. Repatriation of Human Remains
  3. Apostille Certificates | Convention de La Haye | The Hague Convention
  4. Copy of Birth or Death Certificates
  5. Application for copy of Marriage Certificate

1) Police Clearance from the Fiji Police

All Police clearance requests are dealt directly through the Criminal Investigations Department inFiji.

They can be contacted via phone on (679) 3311 222 or via fax on (679) 3303 218.

More information can be accessed via their site on  www.police.gov.fj

2) Repatriation of Human Remains

Definition:

Return of human remains (as cremated ash or as an embalmed body) to the deceased person’s place of birth or from where the deceased person had arrived from.

Prior consent is required for shipment into Fiji of human remains.

You will need an approval letter from the health and quarantine services at the specified airport before transportation can occur or be accepted by customs in Fiji.

The doctor in charge of Health and Quarantine services at the Nadi International Airport can be contacted via: Telephone on (679) 672 2362 or Fax on (679) 670 0563.

The Doctor will also give you instructions on how the remains need to be contained and sealed for quarantine purposes.  Follow their instructions as provided, if it is not done properly, it can be returned.

Taking cremated ash is relatively easy to organize as the person accompanying the Ash carry it themselves.

NOTE: The remains cannot be transported into Fiji without this letter and other accompanying documents such as the embalming certificate, Death Certificate and also the death certificate issued at the time of death.

Process to get approval

The Shipper or Funeral Director needs to liaise directly with the airline from point of origin (i.e. local airline). They will request the airline for space and provide information on the cause of death; age and provide all necessary certificates regarding the human remains.

The International carrier will subsequently liaise with their counterpart in Fiji or Air Terminal Services (handling agent) to get an authority for the human remains to be transported into Fiji. The carrier will advise Air Terminal Services with the cause of death, age including the incoming flight details of the deceased and also phone contact of the consignee.

Air Terminal Services (ATS) will liaise with the Health Authority in Fiji on all information regarding the deceased. The Health Authority then approve permit or reject the above from entering the country. ATS will also contact the consignee for the deceased to ensure the above is collected on the day of arrival.

Requirements from Funeral Directors

The remains must be accompanied by a certified copy of the death certificate and a statement by the local health authority at the place of death stating that the deceased did not die of a contagious disease. There also must be a notarised statement by the embalmer stipulating the embalming process and anotarised statement by the local health authority at the place of death that the embalming was carried out in accordance with standard Australian procedures.

The embalmed remains must be placed within a hermetically sealable container or casket and must be placed within an outer box constructed entirely of wood.

If the remains arrive in an unsatisfactory state, they will not be cleared through customs and health authorities and entry into the country will be refused. The casket remains will be returned to the point of origin at the sender’s expense.

3) Apostille Certificates | Convention de La Haye | The Hague Convention

Fijiis a signatory to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

An Apostille is issued by a government of a country who is a signatory to the Hague Convention, authenticating the signature and or seal of a public official on a public document issued by that country, and intended for use in a foreign country.

Apostille are restricted in their use to those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention.

The country of destination usually determines whether the authentication is in the form of an “Apostille” or “Certificate of Authentication”.

Apostilles are issued/stamped by the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a gratis (no charge) basis.

However, an administrative fee is charged for postage/handling of applications lodged in Australia.

Requests for Apostille stamps from the Fiji Government are usually requests to authenticate/notarise a Fiji Government issued document (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Birth/Death Certificate, and Adoption Papers).

The process

The following is required to be sent to our office for facilitation of this service:

  1. Completed “Apostille Authentication Request Form
  2. Bank cheque or Money Order payable to “Fiji High Commission” for AUD$100.00 for postage and handling
  3. Self-addressed prepaid “registered post” envelope for return postage of document

Turnaround Time

Requests are usually completed within 20 working days.  Please note we will not be held responsible for any delays by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Fiji or any issues with local postal and courier services.

4) Copy of Birth or Death Certificates

Applications received via our office are sent weekly to Fiji on a weekly basis.

The process

The following is required to be sent to our office for facilitation of this service:

  • Completed applicable Application Form
  • AUD$102.00 Bank cheque or Money Order payable to “Fiji High Commission” for postage and handling
  • Self-addressed prepaid “registered post” envelope for return postage of document

Turnaround Time

Requests are usually completed within 20 working days. Please note we will not be held responsible for any delays by the Registrar General of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Fiji or any issues with local postal and courier services.

Birth Certificate Request Form

Death Certificate Request Form

5) Application for copy of Marriage Certificate

Applications received via our office are sent weekly to Fiji on a weekly basis.

The process

The following is required to be sent to our office for facilitation of this service:

  • Certified copy of a valid identification document e.g, driver’s licence, passport, etc
  • Bank cheque or Money Order payable to AUD “Fiji High Commission” for postage and handling (AUD$104.00 or AUD$110.00 for Tapa Design).  Also refer Schedule of Fees.
  • Self-addressed prepaid “registered post” envelope for return postage of document

Turnaround Time

Requests are usually completed within 20 working days. Please note we will not be held responsible for any delays by the Registrar General of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Fiji or any issues with local postal and courier services.

Failure to comply with all requirements may result in the refusal or return of your applications.

You can go and download the forms you required here: ==> Downloadable Forms 

You can go to Schedule of Fees here: ==> Schedule of Fees