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Kiribati
Official Name:

Republic of Kiribati

Last Updated: June 17, 2016

Embassy Messages

Suva

 

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Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Suva

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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No

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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5000 AUD (Australian Dollars)

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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None

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U.S. Embassy Suva

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands

Telephone: +(679) 331-4466

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049

Fax: +(679) 330-2267

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Kiribati for additional information on U.S.- Kiribati relations. 

To enter Kiribati, you need:

  • a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity
  • a return or onward ticket (or sufficient funds to purchase them), and
  • sufficient funds to cover the duration of the intended stay.

There is an Airport Embarkation Tax of 20 AUD (Australian Dollars) levied on all passengers leaving Kiribati.  Children under two years of age and transit passengers who do not leave the airport and continue their journey via the same aircraft are exempt from this tax.

For additional immigration and visa information, please visit the Consulate of Kiribati’s website or the Kiribati National Tourism Office web site.  For information on long-term visit or residency requirements, please contact the Consulate of the Republic of Kiribati, 95 Nakolo Place, Rm. 265, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819, tel. (808) 834-7603, fax (808) 834-7604, or via email.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Kiribati.

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.

Public Safety: Messages regarding demonstrations and strikes, explosive device/suspicious packages, and weather-related events are posted on the embassy’s website.

Crime:  The crime rate in Kiribati is low; however, you should still not be complacent regarding your personal safety or protecting your valuables.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(679) 772-8049.  You can also reach individual emergency services by directly dialing 992 for police, 993 for fire, and 994 for ambulance.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

 

Health care throughout Kiribati, including Tarawa, is substandard. Travelers may encounter shortages of routine medications and supplies. Hospital accommodations are inadequate throughout the country, and advanced technology is lacking.  Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost thousands of dollars.  

Kiribati has no funeral homes with embalming or cremation services..

You should regard all water as a potential health risk. You should not drink any water that is not bottled, boiled, or otherwise sterilized. You should cook vegetables and peel fruit before eating it.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.  

Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation. 

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information, go to:

Criminal Penalties:   You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. Driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:   If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs:  Kiribati’s customs authorities strictly prohibit the importation of firearms, ammunition, explosives, counterfeit money and goods, knives, and indecent publications or pornography.  Strict quarantine laws govern the import of any part of plants, fruits, or vegetables, as well as soil, animals, and animal products.  Visitors are not allowed to export human remains, artifacts that are 30 or more years old, traditional fighting swords, traditional tools, dancing ornaments, or suits of armor. For more information, please contact the Consulate of the Republic of Kiribati in Honolulu at (808) 834-7603 or via e-mail.

Currency:  The Australian dollar is the legal currency in Kiribati. Traveler’s checks and all major currencies are accepted by banks and may also be exchanged for local currency at some local hotels.  Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most hotels.

Natural Disasters:  Kiribati is located in an area of high seismic activity.  Undersea earthquakes in the South Pacific region can also generate destructive tsunamis.  The Government of Kiribati has only limited capability for notifying residents and visitors in the event of a tsunami.  If you notice seismic activity and/or unusual tidal activity, you should take immediate precautions, such as seeking higher ground or refuge on an upper floor in a sturdy building, Strong winds are common, especially during the cyclone season from November to April.  General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers:  Consensual same-sex sexual conduct between men is illegal, with a maximum penalty of five to 14 years’ imprisonment, depending on the nature of the offense; however, the U.S. Embassy is no aware of any reports of prosecutions directed at gay, bisexual, or transgender persons under these provisions for sexual activity between consenting adults.  Likewise, the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any reports of societal discrimination or violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Kiribati, you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.   See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Persons with Mobility Issues.  Accessibility of buildings,and communications and information for persons with disabilities is not mandated. There are no special accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  Spousal abuse and other forms of domestic violence against women are common in Kiribati.  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic moves on the left side of the road in Kiribati. While satisfactory is some areas, roads in urban Tarawa and Christmas Island generally need repair. After heavy rains and high tides, some road sections temporaryily flood.  Traffic proceeds at a relatively slow rate. Drinking and driving is commonplace, especially on the weekends. Since visibility is poor, with no streetlights, drivers should be especially careful when driving at night. For specific information concerning Kiribati drivers’ permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, please contact the Consulate of the Republic of Kiribati in Honolulu, Hawaii at (808) 834-7603 or KiribatiConsul@aol.com.

Traffic Laws:   The traffic speed has been reduced in places to 20 km/h or less as a result of road damage, and driving conditions are hazardous, particularly after rain.

Public Transportation: The road network is very small, comprising approximately 546 km of main roads and 262 km of minor roads, of which 119.4 km and 13.8km, respectively, are sealed roads. The main sealed roads are on South Tarawa and Kirimati, and the unsealed roads are distributed among 20 islands.  While the lightly travelled roads of Kirimati are in relatively good condition, the heavily used South Tarawa roads are deteriorating rapidly, and the impact of poor road conditions is significant.  Road safety is a major concern with a growing incidence of road accidents due to increased traffic, the age and condition of vehicles and dangerous driving.

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 Kiribati], the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Kiribati’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.

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