Local laws and customs

Illegal drugs of any kind in any quantity are forbidden from being brought into the country and a hefty fine (with imprisonment) can apply. Possession of any amount of marijuana carries a mandatory 3 month prison sentence. If you are invited to take part in a kava drinking ceremony, you should be aware of the associated risk of liver toxicity. Topless bathing and nudity in public is forbidden and you must cover your shoulders and knees during kava ceremonies and when in rural villages. Homosexuality was decriminalized in February 2010, but travellers should be aware of local sensitivities, particularly when visiting rural and traditional communities.