State Dept. lifts Fiji travel warning

WASHINGTON -- The State Department lifted a Fiji travel warning, saying the country's new military-backed government took "significant steps to restore order following the recent political crisis."

However, U.S. travelers are urged to "maintain a high level of caution" because "sporadic incidents continue" and should avoid the island of Vanua Levu, "where the civil situation is the most volatile," it said.

International and domestic flights are operating normally, but travelers should verify schedules with airlines because disruptions are possible, it said, adding that all roads are open.

"A military curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Suva, Nausori, Navua [on Viti Levu] and surrounding areas," it said.

"U.S. citizens in Fiji are urged to register with the U.S. embassy," avoid large gatherings and monitor local media for new developments, the department said.

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