ABOUT PRE-COP

The 2017 Ministerial Dialogue, known as Pre-COP, and will be held at the Sheraton/Westin Resort on Denarau Island, in Nadi, Fiji, 17-18 October. These resorts are approximately 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport.

Pre-COP 2017 is designed primarily as a series of closed sessions for political leaders and key advisers. The objective of the Pre-COP is to allow the leaders of member parties to frankly exchange views of key political deliverables, rather than technical details, for the upcoming Conference of the Parties – COP23.

For party members’ inquiries only, please contact pre-cop@cop23.com.fj

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP DAY

The COP23 Presidency will hold a “Partnership Day” for invited guests on 16 October 2017 in advance of the Pre-COP. The objective of the Partnership Day is to build on the outcomes of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference held in Suva July 2017, the UNFCCC Climate Action Agenda, and on international efforts to help build a grand coalition for climate action.

This is an opportunity to highlight best practices, examine potential transformative innovations and develop productive processes – providing valuable inputs into the work of the Presidency, not just for COP23 in November, but for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

As there are limited resources, numbers will unfortunately need to be strictly limited and attendance will be by invitation only. We will draw from the CAPP Conference invitation list and key stakeholders involved in partnership projects. Numbers will be limited to two per organisation.

Partnership Day sessions will focus on outcomes from the following: various grand coalition activities; the UNFCCC Climate Action Program; the Climate Action Pacific Partnership; Climate Finance and Risk Management activities; UNFCCC Observer constituency groups and the potential development of an ocean health/climate action pathway.

For further information please contact partnership@cop23.com.fj

INFO FOR PARTICIPANTS

Overview

The 2017 Pre-COP and associated events will be held at the Sheraton/Westin Resort on Denarau Island, in Nadi, Fiji, 16-18 October. These resorts are approximately 20 minutes from Nadi International Airport.

Accreditation

Delegates will be required to wear accreditation badges which will be available upon registration. There will be an opportunity to receive accredited passes on Monday, 16 October 2017 from 8am to 5pm at the Sheraton Convention Centre.

Meeting Venue Map


For more information visit this link: http://www.fiji.travel/us/destinations/denarau-island

Accommodation

In addition the Sheraton and Westin Resorts, other hotels available on Denarau Island include the Radisson Blu Resort and Hilton Fiji Beach Resort. For hotels off Denarau Island, special rates have also been negotiated for the Tanoa International Hotel Nadi and the Novotel Nadi. Please quote COP23 at booking. To check other accommodation options see: https://www.tourismfiji.com/nadi_accommodation.html

Language

The language of the meeting will be English. Translation booths will be provided for those who wish to bring translators, please advise if you intend doing so.

Climate and Weather

Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 31°C to 26°C range all year round. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. For more information on Fiji’s weather, please email fmscustomer@met.gov.fj

Currency

The Fijian dollar has standard decimal denominations. Anything below $2 is a coin and $2 and above is a note. There is no limit to the amount of money to be brought in and visitors are allowed to take out currency up to the amount imported, provided that amounts over FJD 10,000 in cash or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (BNI) are declared.

Time Zone

Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT) + 12 hours

Electricity

The current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50Hz with three-pin power points – the same as in Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240v or 110v appliances, or 110V adapters.

Vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations for entry to Fiji. The Fijian authorities will however require a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate from travellers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission:

AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

Visa Requirements

  • All Pre-COP delegates must hold a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of departure.
  • Citizens of the following countries are not required to obtain a visa when travelling to Fiji. However, these travellers will still need the relevant permits depending on the nature of their travel (see immigration.gov.fj/travel-options/visit-transit-in-fiji):
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia
Austria The Bahamas Bangladesh
Barbados Belgium Belize
Bermuda Botswana Brazil
Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Canada
Chile China Colombia
Cook Islands [NZ passport holder] Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark Commonwealth Dominica Estonia
The Federated States of Micronesia Finland France
The Gambia Germany Ghana
Greece Grenada Guyana
Holy See (Vatican) Hong Kong [SAR] Hungary
Iceland India Indonesia
Israel Italy Jamaica
Japan Kenya Kiribati
Latvia Liechtenstein Lesotho
Luxembourg Macau Malawi
Malaysia Maldives Malta
Mauritius Mexico Moldova
Monaco Nauru The Netherlands
New Zealand Nigeria Norway
Palau Papua New Guinea Paraguay
Peru The Philippines Poland
Portugal Republic of Ireland Republic of the Marshall Islands
Romania Russia Samoa
Serbia Slovak Republic St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia St Vincent & The Grenadines Seychelles
Sierra Leone Singapore Slovenia
Solomon Islands South Africa Republic of Korea
Spain Swaziland Sweden
Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania
Thailand Tonga Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia Turkey Tuvalu
Uganda United Arab Emirates Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United States of America Uruguay
Vanuatu Venezuela Zambia
Zimbabwe
  • All other participants will require a visa to enter Fiji. For those that do not have a Fijian diplomatic mission in their country of residence (please see list of diplomatic missions here), the COP23 Presidency Secretariat has kindly agreed to facilitate a Visa on Arrival with the local immigration authorities. To assist with this process, kindly ensure that you provide your passport details and a copy of your passport photo page, your travel itinerary as well as your completed Visa Application Form to: info@cop23.com.fj. This information is necessary to issue a Visa Approval Letter from the Fiji Department of Immigration, which airlines will require from non-visa-exempt participants travelling to Fiji. Requests to facilitate a Visa on Arrival will need to be submitted before 30 September 2017 to allow sufficient time for processing.
  • Participants, who are not citizens of the above visa-exempt countries and require a Visa on Arrival, may need to pay the Visa Fee of approximately FJ$91.00 in cash in Fijian currency upon arrival.
  • Participants should also investigate and obtain any necessary transit visas for their trip to and from Fiji.
  • If you require any assistance with your visa process, kindly contact: info@COP23.com.fj or contact Ms. Neomai Moala: nmoala@foreignaffairs.gov.fj or call +679 3239 651 or +679 3309 645

Media

The media accreditation for the Pre-COP in Fiji in October is now open. Media interested in covering the event should complete the online registration form.

For Further Questions:

For further information, please contact info@cop23.com.fj or call (+679) 3216761.

About Fiji


Fiji is a parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean, located about 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand. It has a population of about 900,000 people. Most of the people live on the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, but the entire population is distributed across about 110 of Fiji’s more than 300 islands.