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Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining.

Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

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Fiji is blessed with warm, tropical weather all year round. The seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere so when it’s cold and/or snowing a lot of people in the northern hemisphere escape to Fiji for warmer, sultry weather.

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It's easiest way for a foreigner to purchase land in Fiji is to become a permanent resident. (This does not mean giving away your passport).

You don't have to be a permanent resident (you can actually stay in the country for up to 6 months just on a tourist visa) but it's the most expedient thing to do if you plan to spend long periods of time there.

Most foreigners who own property can obtain a renewable 3-year permanent residency

There are three different types of land in Fiji. The first is “Native Lease Land,” which is owned communally by the Fijian people, and is divided into commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural and special lands. This is the vast majority of land that exists in Fiji, and foreigners can only lease it if it is considered surplus land.

If everything clears past the restrictions, buying land in Fiji is a straightforward process, but it takes a while to complete (about 3-6 months). Foreign buyers are required to obtain a title from the Torrens system, which does not require title insurance or abstracts. This title secures the new owner of the property.

Before applying for the Torrens title, sales contracts must be drawn up by either a real estate agent or attorney, and signed by the buyer and seller of the land.

To then obtain a title to own property, foreigners are required to fill out an wide array of paperwork, as well as submit a criminal background check and pay several duties to the state.

After all of the documents are forwarded to the government and approved, the foreigner can move into the new property.

Fees are a average of 5% of the total sale price but depends on whether its re sale, new build or land

Expats don't need a residence visa to rent property in Fiji, but there is a limited stock of high quality rental accommodation and suitable properties aren't always available

Long-term rentals are primarily available in the major cities of Suva and Nadi. If you're looking for rentals in the more remote areas, ring local lodges and ask the owners if they know of any available options.

Generally the fee is paid by the Landlord