living in fiji

Moving to Fiji

Fiji Score
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What is Fiji?

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Fiji is an island archipelago in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean

The Republic of Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands in Melanesia, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite having hundreds of islands and islets, nearly 90% of the population lives on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

It used to be a British colony until 1970, when it finally gained independence.

As is usual after such independence, a few military coups occurred, before it became a republic.

In 2006, another coup ensued, which lasted until 2009, but it took until 2014 for a democratic election to took place.

It’s one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, although that obviously isn’t saying much.

The economy focuses mostly on tourism, natural resources (forests, minerals and fish) and sugar cane.

As you can imagine, that didn’t go well during COVID, with double digit GDP negative growth.

Fiji’s islands are mostly beaches, mountains and contain dense tropical forest.

It has a tropical marine climate, meaning it’s warm every day, with few extremes.

Fiji’s really beautiful, with many coral reefs, white sandy beaches, warm weather and other diving attractions.

Getting around on Fiji is mostly done through buses, taxis and obviously ferries.

English is an official language and the de facto lingua franca.

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Requirements for moving to Fiji

The requirements for moving to Fiji are surprisingly lax.

The cost of living isn’t very high, depending on how much luxury you want.

You usually do not need a visa for a stay of up to 4 months, and permanent residence and citizenship are also viable options, with dual nationality being allowed.

English is a national language, which makes for a very low language barrier.

What is the cost of living in Fiji?

The cost of living in Fiji is pretty low, on average a single person should expect to spend about $1,000 a month – if you’re living there, and not residing in a hotel or resort, of course.

You’ll be able to live a basic and rather tranquil life here, at a moderate cost.

As usual, I would suggest you make sure you are earning at least double the minimum requirement, so about $2,000 a month.

This will allow you to have no problems with unforeseen circumstances or expenses.

Benefits of living in Fiji

  • Beautiful

    Fiji’s a paradisaical island, with white sandy beaches, coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and so on. It has mountains, forests, and is generally a very beautiful spot on this planet

  • Low cost of living

    Anyone with a budget of $1,000 to $2,000 can live in Fiji

  • Good visa system

    You don’t need a visa to enter Fiji (usually), and getting residence and citizenship are on the table as well

  • Sunny and warm

    Fiji’s sunny and warm all year round … awesome

  • High English proficiency

    English is one of Fiji’s official languages, which is really great so you can communicate with most people

  • Safe

    Fiji has very acceptable crime levels – low to very low. Of course, don’t be an idiot, but in general you should be absolutely fine here

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Downsides of living in Fiji

  • Taxes on international income

    If you reside in Fiji, expect to pay taxes on your international income

  • Lagging economy – for now

    The average GDP growth over the last 10 years is 0.8%, which is very low … but is due to the horrible COVID years. Before that, it was 4-5%, and it’s expected that Fiji’s economy will recover now that travel is open again

  • High humidity

    You’ll be sweating a lot in Fiji, due to 80% humidity on average

Moving to Fiji - by the numbers

Fiji Score
Shithole Paradise

Climate: 7.3/10

Hours of sunshine (8/10) Temperature (10/10) Rainy days (8/10) Humidity (3/10)
25 C – 77 F

Level of English: 8/10

High Proficiency

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person

Taxes on international income: 7/10


Residents get taxed on all income, non-residents only on income from Fiji.

You are considered a resident if your permanent home is in Fiji, or if you’ve been there regularly during more than half of the income year

Economic growth: 5/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 0.8%

A word on this: prior to 2019 it was actually hovering between 4-5% on average, but obviously COVID 19 wasn’t great news for a nation depending on tourism, resulting in a whopping -15% in 2020 and -4% in 2021.

Now that things are starting to become normal again, odds are Fiji’s economy will recover.

Safety: 9/10

Global Terrorism Index (10/10) Intentional homicide rate (9/10) Rape rate (8/10)

Visa: 9/10

  • Visa (9/10)

    Most Westerners do not need a visa to enter Fiji. You could stay up to 4 months, which could be extended for up to two months at a time, up to 6 months extra in total. You could apply for a Multiple Entry Visa, which grants you a stay of 4 months in total within a year

  • Permanent Residence (9/10)

    Possible if you have family there, or enough proof of funds through “Income Pathway”. You can get a 7-year Investor Permit if you’ve deposited a minimum of roughly $110,000 into the local economy, with several other requirements. A 3-year Investor Permit is another option, when you engage in a business project worth around $25,000. Investing in real estate is a valid choice

  • Citizenship (9/10)

    You can become a citizen if you’ve lived there for five years within the last ten years. Dual nationality is allowed

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How is life for expats in Fiji?

Life for expats in Fiji seems like such a dream.

A beautiful archipelago with crystal clear water, white beaches, a low cost of living, high English proficiency, and great visa options … what’s not to love?

Well, the taxes on your international income, for example.

The economy is lagging currently, but is expected to make a full recovery soon.

In summation: Fiji looks like paradise, and I’m well chuffed with what this research has revealed.

It completely deserves the score of 77%, and once that “Economic Growth” factor goes up to an 8-9, it’ll probably be one of the top 5 best countries to move to.

I’m 100% planning a trip there, and probably even using it as one of my flags.

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