Vanuatu national arrested for not declaring foreign currency in Fiji

A VANUATU national has been arrested for failing to declare Australian currency amounting to around $23,000 (US$11,154) at the Nausori airport Wednesday.

Customs officers found the currency in the passenger’s luggage when they intercepted the national at the airport.

The passenger later revealed the envelope was being carried on behalf of a non-travelling 3rd party.

People travelling into the country are advised not to carry anything for others given the security and terrorism risk.

Fiji Revenue Custom Authority (FRCA) Chief executive, Visvanath Das says despite numerous advisories, travellers continue to breach the Border Currency laws and attempt to move large sum of currency across Fiji borders without declaring it.

Passengers are required to declare currency in excess of FJD$10,000 (US$5,000) or equivalent in foreign currency under the Financial Transaction Reporting (FTR) Act.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says travellers need to be aware that investigations will only focus on the carrier and they must be mindful of their actions.

Police investigations continues.

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