Federated States of MicronesiaOfficial Name: Federated States of Micronesia
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TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
No, U.S. citizens may visit, work or study in the FSM without a visa
None required, except if coming from an area suffering ther outbreak of an epidemic
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
None. Departure fee of $20 to be paid in cash
Embassies and Consulates
1286 U.S. Embassy Place, Pohnpei (near the movie theater)
Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: +(691) 320-2187
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(691) 920-2369
Fax: +(691) 320-2186
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is composed of over 600 islands and atolls spanning one million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean. A constitutional democracy, the FSM is a federation of four semi-autonomous states (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), each of which retains considerable autonomy over domestic affairs, including state civil and criminal justice systems. The federal capital is located at Palikir, on the island of Pohnpei, close to Pohnpei’s largest town, Kolonia. The United States extends security guarantees and economic assistance to the FSM under the Compact of Free Association. Under the Compact, FSM citizens may enter the U.S. without visas. In exchange, U.S. citizens may enter and remain in the FSM to live, work or study indefinitely without visas or non-citizen registration requirements. Read the Department of State's Fact Sheet on Micronesia for additional information on U.S. – FSM relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
You will need a U.S. passport valid for at least 180 days from the time of entry, a completed FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record (FSM Form 5004), and a completed FSM Customs Form in order to enter the FSM. Your air carrier will distribute the FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and Customs Form before you arrive into FSM. There is no limit to the length of time U.S. citizens can remain in the FSM. All four states have a $20 departure fee that you must pay when you leave each island. Please make sure you have cash available as credit cards are not accepted and ATM machines are not available at any of the airports. Also note that a health certificate may be required if you are arriving from an area experiencing an epidemic. Visit the Embassy of the FSM website for the most current information.
For more information about FSM entry requirements, you may consult the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia at 1725 N Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20038, (202) 223-4383. The FSM also has consulates in Honolulu and Guam.
U.S. Embassy Kolonia accepts passport applications if you are living or traveling in the FSM; however, U.S. passports are printed in the United States. The time between submitting an application and receiving a new passport is approximately two weeks, but can often be longer. The Embassy can print limited validity passports in emergency situations only.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to the FSM.
The FSM does not recognize dual citizenship. Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
Always maintain a high level of security, be alert to any unusual activity around your home or business, and report any suspicious incidents to local police authorities.
Unexploded ordnance remains from the heavy fighting and bombardment that took place in and around the islands of Micronesia during World War II. Exercise caution when you travel or dive in the region, especially in Yap harbor and in Chuuk lagoon. It is illegal, as well as dangerous, to remove “souvenirs” from sunken WWII vessels and aircraft.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in the FSM on its facebook page or the official Embassy website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: Throughout the FSM, foreigners have reportedly been subjected to and singled out for theft and verbal and physical abuse. Alcohol- and drug-related attacks, as well as drunk driving accidents, are a particular concern during weekend and evening hours. Sexual assaults do occur, but your risk can be reduced if you take basic security precautions. The Embassy encourages extra caution during the holidays, when alcohol consumption is especially high. Do not attempt to intervene in disputes between local citizens. Some U.S. citizens report that local police appear to be less responsive to a victim’s concerns compared to the procedures in the United States, particularly in cases involving burglaries.
Dress conservatively. It is considered impolite for females to wear clothing that exposes anything above the knee. Modern swimwear may be considered immodest by local standards, and people wearing such clothing outside of hotels that cater to tourists could likely be harassed. Additionally, we suggest women travel in groups and walk in well-lit areas.
Crime rates are higher in Chuuk than in the other states; you should exercise extreme caution at all times, stay off the streets after dark, and ensure that the hotel where you are staying is prepared to assist you in an emergency.
Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the counterfeit items illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The local equivalents to “911” emergency lines for police help in the FSM are 320-2221 for Pohnpei and 911 on all other islands. The numbers for fire assistance are: 330-2222 (Chuuk), 370-3333 (Kosrae), 320-2223 (Pohnpei), and 350-3333 (Yap).
Keep in mind that the capacity of local police and fire forces throughout the FSM is extremely limited. There is often a significant delay for police and firefighters to respond to calls, and they may not be able to respond at all. Commonly, no one picks up when emergency numbers are dialed, especially after normal business hours.
Capacity to investigate crimes is also extremely limited and victims may wait months, years, or decades for an arrest, if ever. Additionally, the justice system of the FSM is extremely slow and legal standards may not be applied. Court-appointed attorneys, as well as judges presiding over cases, may not have appropriate legal training.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in the FSM, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from those in the U.S. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not where you are going. Criminal penalties will also vary from country to country.
If you break local laws in the FSM, your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. If you violate FSM laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
In the FSM, for example, driving under the influence could land you in jail immediately. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in the FSM are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local law as well.
Arrest notifications in FSM: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, Micronesia may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the U.S. embassy in Kolonia if you are arrested or detained.
FSM customs authorities charge import taxes on cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, gasoline, and other personal items that are more than the amounts allowed. All imports can be physically inspected by customs officials. Strict quarantine regulations restrict entry of plant and animal products. You should contact the Embassy of the FSM in Washington, D.C., or one of the FSM’s consulates in Honolulu or Guam for specific information regarding customs requirements.
If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events in FSM. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in FSM, you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in the FSM, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation vastly different from what you find in the U.S. Neither laws nor regulations mandate accessibility to public facilities, services, or accomodations for persons with disabilities. There are few, if any, sidewalks in the FSM. There is no public transportation. Taxis are run by independent operators that make no provision for people with disabilities. The national Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities; however, action is rarely, if ever, taken by the government.
Health care facilities in the FSM consist of state-run hospitals on each of the four major islands and a few scattered clinics. These facilities often lack basic supplies and medicines, and the quality of health care is very low. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medical evacuation for non-ambulatory patients is not immediately available and can be expensive. Scuba divers should note that although there are decompression chambers in Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei, their availability and staff experience in treating diving injuries varies considerably.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in the FSM, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Most roads in the FSM are in very poor condition. When traffic accidents happen, they often result in fatalities or serious injuries. The information below concerning the FSM is provided for general reference only, and may not be accurate in all locations and circumstances.
Speed limits throughout the FSM are very low: 20 miles per hour (mph) in most places; 15 mph in school zones when children are present. However, the “normal” driving speed is considerably lower; it is not uncommon for drivers to drive at 5 to 10 mph, even when there is no traffic.
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road, as in the United States. However, the majority of vehicles in FSM are right-hand drive vehicles imported from Japan, Australia, and New Zealand; they are not designed to operate on the FSM road network. Drivers in these vehicles do not have an optimum field of vision, which can interfere with driving maneuvers and drivers’ ability to establish visual contact with other road users.
Most roads are narrow and without sidewalks, creating hazards for both drivers and the FSM’s numerous pedestrians. There are very few street lights, so road visibility is difficult for night driving, and pedestrians dress in dark clothing, making them especially hard to see at night. Most roads are in very poor condition, with potholes and little or no shoulder to pull to the side. Roads outside towns are mostly unpaved. All roads are used simultaneously by pedestrians, children playing, animals, and vehicles. Road conditions can worsen significantly after heavy rains, which occur frequently. Travel by bicycle is hampered by the lack of shoulders on the roads and the presence of many dogs on the island.
There is no formal training in road safety or driving, so many drivers are unaware of road safety rules. Drivers often make sudden turns or stop without warning to chat with or pick up pedestrians. Taxis are available in state capitals, but you should always be careful since many taxi drivers are reckless. Drunk drivers can create serious hazards, particularly on weekend evenings and holidays. Motorcyclists are required by law to wear helmets, though this is rarely enforced. If you intend to reside in the FSM, you should acquire a local driver’s license with the State Police. In most cases, the police will issue a local license to anyone who presents a U.S. driver’s license. If you will be in the FSM temporarily, a U.S. driver’s license itself is sufficient to rent a car and drive for the duration of your visit.
United Airlines is the only commercial carrier serving the FSM. Flight schedules and routes are limited and subject to change. There are no international alternatives if flights are canceled or missed. Flights are often fully booked and aircraft weight is an issue due to short runways and the type of aircraft used. Because of these limitations and the numerous transit stops made (the typical routing to get to Kolonia, for instance, would be via Honolulu with intermediate stops in Majuro, Kwajalein, and Kosrae; or via Guam with a stop in Chuuk), with disembarking and embarking passengers at each location, baggage sometimes may not be loaded at the departure point or may be off-loaded by mistake and left behind at an intermediate stop. You should keep these logistical challenges in mind when traveling in the region. Missing baggage should be reported immediately to United Airlines ground personnel before onward flight departure.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Micronesia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of the FSM’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.