TuvaluOfficial Name: Tuvalu
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays up to 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
Telephone: +(679) 331-4466
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049
Fax: +(679) 330-2267
Tuvalu is a South Pacific island nation consisting of four reef islands and five atolls. A self-governing member of the British Commonwealth, Tuvalu has a parliamentary system of government. Read the Department of State Fact Sheet on Tuvalu for additional information.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A passport with 6 months validity, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Tuvalu are required. Visitor permits valid for up to three months are issued free of charge upon arrival. For further information about entry requirements, youmay wish to contact the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Suite 400 D, 800 2nd Avenue, New York, New York 10017, telephone: (212) 490-0534, facsimile: (212) 808-4975. You may also contact the Chief Immigration Officer (acting), Department of Immigration, Private Mail Bag, Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu, Telephone: (+688) 20240. These requirements are particularly important for individuals planning to enter by sea. Tuvalu’s customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Tuvalu of items such as agricultural products. Visit the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations website for the most current visa information and customs restrictions.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Tuvalu.
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
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 Fiji (which covers New Caledonia) on Twitter and visiting the Embassy’s 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: Tuvalu has a low crime rate. However, visitors should review their own personal security practices, be alert to any unusual activity around their homes or businesses, and report any suspicious incidents to local police authorities.
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 equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Tuvalu is 911 and the 24-hour police command center number in Tuvalu is (688) 20726. At this time, Tuvalu does not have specific resources available to victims of crime.
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 Tuvalu, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than those in the United States. In Tuvalu, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. Driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Tuvalu, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not in Tuvalu.
Arrest notifications in host country: 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, Tuvalu 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 Suva as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: The Tuvalu Custom Act states that all visitors arriving and departing the country may not carry more than AUD$1,000.00 cash.
Currency: In Tuvalu, the Australian dollar is the legal currency. The Tuvalu National Bank accepts traveler’s checks and most major currencies, including U.S. dollars. Travelers should be prepared to pay cash for hotel bills and all other services, since credit card services are not available. There are no ATMs on Tuvalu, so it may not be possible to withdraw cash from overseas bank accounts.
Citizenship Documents: U.S. citizens are encouraged to carry a copy of their U.S. passports with them at all times so they can readily provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship if questioned by local officials.
If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: Sexual conduct between males is illegal, with maximum penalties of seven to 15 years’ imprisonment, depending on the nature of the offense. In 2013, there were no reports of violence against persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity and no reports of prosecutions of consenting adults under these provisions. Social stigma or intimidation may have prevented incidents of discrimination or violence from being reported.
For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Tuvalu, 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: Tuvalu prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disability. Supplementary state services to address the special needs of persons with disabilities are very limited. There are no mandated building accessibility provisions for persons with disabilities. The only multi-story government building has elevators, but they are not operational. There were no elevators in private multi-story buildings. The Fusi Alofa Association (Tuvalu National Disabled Persons Organization) and the Tuvalu Red Cross are useful points of contact for additional accessibility questions. The Community Affairs Department in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.
Medical and dental care are very limited in Tuvalu, including in Funafuti, the capital. Serious medical problems are referred to health professionals and hospitals in Guam or Hawaii. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
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 Tuvalu, road conditions differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Tuvalu is provided for general reference only and may not be completely accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Traffic moves on the left in Tuvalu. The main roads on Funafuti are paved, but other roads on other islands are generally unpaved. Animals and unwary pedestrians walking in the road make night driving on unlit secondary roads hazardous. For specific information concerning Tuvalu driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, contact the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tuvalu, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Tuvalu’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. United States citizens traveling to Tuvalu should make themselves aware of local civil aviation standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.