17 Feb 2003

Britain warns travellers to Fiji of potential civil unrest

7:09 am on 17 February 2003

Britain has warned that there is still potential for civil unrest in Fiji as a result of the May 2000 coup.

In a travel advisory issued to its citizens, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says social problems, including petty crime, are increasing due to the economic situation, unemployment and uncertain political situation.

It advises British travellers to be wary of petty crime and pickpockets and avoid travelling alone.

The advisory warns that there's been an increase in reckless driving, many vehicles are poorly maintained and the road from Nadi to Suva is in a poor state of repair.

It warns British travellers to be vigilant and exercise extreme care.

The British advisory is similar to one issued by Australia last month.