Are you planning a trip to Fiji and flying to Nadi and wondering if you can buy a sim card for Fiji on arrival at Nadi airport? The answer is yes! This is a complete guide for buying a sim card at Nadi Airport in Fiji including up to date prices as per July 2023, my recommendation, the best e-sim cards for Fiji and everything else you need to know before buying a sim card when traveling to Nadi.
Traveling with a working data connection on your phone is so much more convenient. Therefore looking for the best way to stay connected when traveling abroad is one of the first things I do. To save money on high roaming costs you can order a sim card for Fiji on the internet and arrive prepared or buy a Fiji prepaid sim card at Nadi Airport on arrival.
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Traveltomtom recommends buying a Vodafone sim card at Nadi Airport. Vodafone is more expensive than Digicel, but Vodafone has much better network coverage in Fiji.
But local prepaid sim cards are not the only way to stay connected, you can also order an e-sim card for Fiji on the internet and arrive prepared. E-sim cards for Fiji start from $7.5 USD. See below for more info.
If you are traveling to multiple countries on your trip to the Pacific then check out international prepaid sim cads for traveling. These sim cards are valid in multiple countries around the world.
Best e-sim cards for Fiji
The easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Nadi in 2023 is an e-sim card. No need to visit a sim card store on arrival in Fiji anymore, nor need to buy a sim card at Nadi Airport. As soon as the plane lands you are already online. An e-sim instantly connects to an available network.
You can order an e-sim card for Fiji directly online, you receive a QR code, you scan it, follow the instructions and instal the e-sim card in a couple simple steps. You are all set in less than 2 minutes.
Airalo is a trusted e-sim card provider and they have the following Fiji e-sim card plans:
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $7.5 USD
- 3 GB data for 30 days = $19.5 USD
- 5 GB data for 30 days = $30 USD
Click here to order an e-sim card for Fiji through Airalo.
These Fiji e-sim cards from Vinaka Fiji operate on the 4G/LTE network Vodafone. The Vinaka Fiji e-sim cards are data-only and incoming and outgoing calls are NOT supported.
SimOptions is another trusted e-sim card provider. They sell international e-sim cards that are valid in up to 130 countries around the world.
- 6 GB data for 15 days = $39.90 USD
Click here to order an international e-sim card for Fiji.
The AIS eSIM2FLY Global international e-sim card is also a data-only sim card, but it does come with a phone number from Thailand that starts with +66. Outgoing calls and sms are NOT supported, but incoming sms and calls are supported!
Then there are also Nomad e-sim cards for Fiji, these e-sims are operated by Truphone and are quite expensive compared to Airalo and SimOptions.
Before ordering a Fiji e-sim card make sure your phone is first of all unlocked. E-sim cards only work in unlocked phones. Second, make sure your phone is e-sim compatible. Pretty much all newer smartphones are e-sim card compatible.
Arrival at Nadi International Airport
Although Nadi is NOT the capital of Fiji it is the most famous city and pretty much all international flights arriving in Fiji come through Nadi. The Nadi Airport is very easy going and pretty small. There is free WiFi at Nadi Airport but it wasn’t really working as fast as I hoped. But you are able to send WhatsApp messages and check your email if you are a little patient.
Last year I traveled through Nadi Airport 3 times and every time I passed through this airport I instantly got those islandlife and holiday feelings. After you disembark the plane you will be guided to passport control. In the waiting hall there was in my case always a live band playing some uplifting tunes to make people smile and welcome them to Fiji even before their passport is stamped.
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Behind passport control you will take the escalator down to the Baggage Claim Hall. On your left hand side there are 3 luggage belts on your right hand side there is the duty free.
In the Baggage Claim Hall there are signs everywhere from Digicel and Vodafone, the two mobile internet operators in Fiji about prepaid sim cards for Fiji for tourists. After you picked up your luggage you have to go through a last customs check. All your hand luggage and checked-in luggage will be scanned.
After your luggage went through the scan the sliding door will lead you into the Arrival Hall. Here you will find the tourist information desk, ATM’s, taxi and tour operator services, a cafe and sim card shops.
Those traveling with drones be prepared to go to some paperwork, my best tip for bringing a drone to Nadi Airport is to have a (fake) onwards ticket for the next day. After the bag goes through the scanner they will ask you if you have a drone inside and you need to register it. If you show them your flight ticket for the next day, they will let you go immediately.
Where to buy a sim card at Nadi Airport
It is very easy to find the sim card shops at Nadi Airport where they sell tourist sim cards for Fiji. As soon as you pass through the sliding doors and walk into the Arrival Hall you will see a Digicel store on your right and a Vodafone store on your left. It is impossible to miss, especially since everywhere on the airport you will see advertisement about a ‘free sim card for Fiji’.
Both, the Vodafone as well as the Digicel shop at Nadi Airport are open 24 hours and you can pay in USD as well as Australian, New Zealand and of course in Fiji Dollar. They also accept Visa and Mastercard.
Prices prepaid sim cards Nadi Airport
All the information below is updated in July 2023 and prices are in Fiji Dollar and as per July 2023 $1 USD = $2.22 FJD and $1 FJD = $0.45 USD.
Fiji has so called tourist sim cards for foreigners willing to buy a prepaid sim card in Fiji with a foreign passport. Therefore the prices for sim cards at Nadi Airport are the same as elsewhere in Fiji in Digicel and Vodafone stores around the island.
Vodafone Fiji offers 6 different prepaid sim card plans for tourists at the moment. Two plans for $70 FJD and 2 plans for $100 FJD. Then they offer the following two plans for tourists:
- 7 GB data + $10 FJD credit + 60 local & 60 international minutes for 10 days = $35 FJD - $16 USD
- 100 GB data for 15 days = $65 FJD - $29 USD
Big data bundles as you can see and much more affordable than e-sim cards for Fiji.
Digicel is a little cheaper compared to Vodafone and they in fact offer a free sim card for Fiji with 3 GB data for 48 hours. However, max data speed is 3G on this sim card deal. It is better to go for one of the other prepaid sim card deals if you choose to buy a Digicel sim card for traveling in Fiji.
- 30 GB data-only for 3 days = $10 FJD - $4.5 USD
- 75 GB data-only for 7 days = $15 FJD - $6.8 USD
- 125 GB data + 60 minutes for 30 days = $30 FJD - $13.5 USD
A simple conclusion that Digicel prepaid sim cards are much cheaper than Vodafone prepaid sim cards for tourists in Fiji.
Best sim card for tourists at Nadi Airport
It is a simple conclusion that Digicel gives you the best value for money when you are looking at the Fiji sim card prices for tourists at Nadi Airport. However, it is Vodafone that has much better network coverage around the country. So depending of the purpose of your trip you might want to consider spending a couple dollar extra and get a Vodafone prepaid sim card.
The 4G/5G network coverage in Fiji differs per mobile internet operator. However, in all the popular tourist destinations in Fiji you will find a 4G signal, regardless if you have a Vodafone or a Digicel sim card. But if you are on a road trip in Fiji or going to more off the beaten path places to see in Fiji then it is recommended to buy a Vodafone sim card.
For more info about the best 4G/5G network in Fiji check out my complete guide for buying a sim card in Fiji in 2023.
Order a sim card for Fiji online
Remember that e-sim cards can only be used in e-sim compatible phones. If your phone is not e-sim compatible and you want to order a sim card for Fiji on the internet then you have to look into international prepaid sim cards for Fiji.
These pre-activated sim cards will be delivered to your home address. You put them in your phone during your flight and you are online as soon as the plane touches the ground in Nadi.
This sounds not too bad but unfortunately at the moment there are no recommended physical prepaid sim cards for Fiji available on the internet:
Check out the following physical prepaid sim card for Fiji:
- 50 MB for 14 days = $49.90 USD
Traveltomtom does NOT recommend the Orange Holiday World sim card for traveling to Fiji. This sim card is valid in every country in the world, but per country the data allowance is different. Unfortunately in Fiji it is just 50 MB, not GB! For more info click on the link.
My experiences buying a sim card at Nadi Airport
Normally I always buy at least a 1 GB e-sim card for my first day arriving in a country, but I already researched info about buying a sim card on arrival at Nadi Airport and therefore I knew what I was up to.
More about my travels in Fiji and my experiences with a Fiji sim card in my guide for buying a sim card for Fiji in 2023.
I am sure some of the above tips on how to stay connected when traveling to Nadi where helpful. If you have any additional questions then please leave me a comment below or reach out to me on social media.
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Enjoy your trip to Nadi!
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