FIJI RETURNS TO FOUR-MONTH VISA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 4, 2002 – Radio Australia)---A month after reducing the length of visa-free stays for visitors from "visa-free countries," the Fiji Immigration Department has reverted to the four-month arrangement.

The change came after much pressure from the tourism and hotel industry.

The industry argued that the reduced visa-free arrangement, which came into effect on April 1, was an inconvenience to tourists wishing to stay for longer periods in the country.

Immigration Department officials said they originally reduced the length of visa-free stays from four months to one month, because some visitors were abusing their stay permits by either working while on vacation or over-staying.

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