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$23k Found On Vanuatu National

$23k Found On Vanuatu National
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho
June 16
11:00 2017

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has issued a stern warning to travellers against carrying undeclared currency.

It comes after a Vanuatu national was detained upon arrival at the Nausori International Airport on Wednesday.

In a joint press statement, by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and Police, Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “If you want to avoid being caught in a similar situation then we would encourage travelers to do the right thing and make the declaration as border security stakeholders have made numerous awareness campaigns and ignorance of the law cannot be used as an excuse.”

The Vanuatu national carrying undeclared Australian Currency amounting to approximately $23,000 was intercepted at the airport by Customs Officers.

The currency was located in the passenger’s luggage.

During routine clearance checks and further questioning, the passenger revealed the envelope was being carried on behalf of a non-travelling third party.

Passengers are advised not to carry anything for others given the security and terrorism risk.

FRCA chief executive officer Visvanath Das said: “Travellers must be mindful of their actions,”

“Despite numerous advisories, travelers 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 $10,000 or equivalent in foreign currency under the Financial Transaction Reporting (FTR) Act.

“Travellers are once again reminded to declare the correct amount of currency they are carrying to avoid fines, seizure and prosecution”, he said.

“Our officers at the borders will go to great lengths to ensure travelers adhere to Fiji Border laws,” he said.

“For most of these cases there is always the excuse that the money was for someone else and they were merely taking it as a favour, however this will not be tolerated as the laws are clear about the declaration of currency under the FTR Act.”



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