Republic of the Marshall Islands
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Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
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Not for U.S. citizens
Under the Compact of Free Association, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter the Marshall Islands. There is a departure fee of $20 for individuals aged 13 through 59. Diplomats are exempt from this fee. Cholera immunizations are required for those arriving from infected areas. Visit the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ website for the most current visa information.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of the Marshall Islands. HIV testing is required for temporary visitors staying more than 30 days and applicants for residence and work permits. Foreign test results are accepted under certain conditions. Please verify this information with the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands before you travel.
CRIME: The Marshall Islands has a low crime rate. The most common crimes are break-ins and thefts from homes, hotel rooms, and vehicles, as well as occasional random acts of vandalism. Keep your hotel room or residence locked at all times. There have been a few recent but isolated incidents in which foreigners were assaulted. It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively; Marshallese citizens typically dress very modestly with tops that cover their shoulders and pants, dresses, or shorts that fall below their knees. Occasionally, fights and assaults occur at nightclubs and bars. If you visit those establishments, especially late in the evening, be extra vigilant to ensure your personal security. Also, be careful driving or walking on the roads late at night as drunk-driving is prevalent and there is little or no room on the sides of roads for pedestrians to walk.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes to the local police at 625-6911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (692)-455 8213. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
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Health facilities in Majuro and Ebeye are adequate for routine medical problems. There are few or no health facilities available elsewhere in the Marshall Islands. Majuro has a private clinic and a public hospital. Ebeye also has a public hospital. Though the hospital has diagnostic medical equipment, it is not always functioning due to maintenance problems and technician staffing difficulties. Most outer islands have medical dispensaries. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines might not be available. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. However, the local cost for service is quite minimal.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: 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 to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of the Marshall Islands to ensure the medication is legal in The Marshall Islands. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
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.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Same sex relations in the RMI are not criminalized. Section 13 of the RMI Bill of Rights states: “All persons shall be free from unreasonable interference in personal choices that do not injure others and from unreasonable intrusions into their privacy.” This clause, in Section 13, is respected in practice.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in RMI, individuals with disabilities might find accessibility and accommodation very different from that in the United States. There are no mandated rules for special support for persons with disabilities. There are few ramps, almost no sidewalks, and few operational elevators in the Marshall Islands. Medical facilities have generally limited and inadequate accessibility.
Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers. The RMI does not practice forced marriage or female genital mutilation. Domestic violence is an endemic problem in the country. A recent study found that seven out of ten Marshallese women experience violence at the hands of a family member or partner at some point in their lives. Women travelers should be aware of local modesty customs and dress conservatively while in public, with special care to cover shoulders and knees.
Customs: Customs authorities of the Marshall Islands strictly prohibit the importation of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and indecent publications. Certification from the Quarantine Division is required to import animals, plants, and fruits. We advise you to contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands or one of the Marshall Islands' consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements, especially when dealing with the importation of animals into the Marshall Islands.
Communication: The Marshall Islands relies primarily on radio in the remote outer islands, which causes some communication problems. Local telephone service as well as worldwide international long distance is available on Majuro and Ebeye. The cost for international calls is quite expensive. Internet service is also available and is relatively expensive.
Currency: The currency of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is U.S. dollars. The three ATMs on Majuro can be found at the Bank of Guam, Payless Supermarket, and Robert Reimers Resort. A few hotels and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. Most transactions are cash only.
Road Conditions and Safety: While in the Marshall Islands, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning the Marshall Islands is provided for general reference only and may not be completely accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Majuro atoll has only one main road and there are no street addresses or house numbers. The road is paved, but there are few traffic signs and no traffic lights. While driving, you should be alert for dogs, chickens, and pigs roaming the streets, and children darting into the road, especially after dark. Children frequently play dangerous games with vehicles, running in front of or behind vehicles. Drinking and driving is common, especially on the weekends, so use caution. Walking beside the street can be dangerous due to poor lighting, the absence of sidewalks, and drivers who may have been drinking. On outer atolls, there is no transportation for evacuation to the rudimentary medical facilities on the two atolls with hospitals (Majuro and Kwajalein).
Traffic Laws: Vehicle traffic proceeds slowly, rarely more than 25 miles per hour. Roads experience temporary flooding after heavy rains and during especially high tides. Because there are few streetlights, visibility is poor, and night driving requires special caution. For specific information concerning drivers’ permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Public Transportation: The public transportation system is nonexistent, but taxis are inexpensive and widely available.
Flights: United Airlines flies once a day through Majuro, six days a week. Three days a week the flights in and out of the Marshall Islands are to the west toward Guam, and three days a week east to Honolulu. Nauru Airlines flies an island hopper once a week south to Brisbane and once a week west to Micronesia. Air Marshall Islands also operates flights within the Marshall Islands; however, service is not reliable. Be aware that flights and boats to and from outer islands are often cancelled, sometimes leaving visitors stranded for one or more weeks.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Republic of the Marshall Islands, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Republic of the Marshall Islands’ 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.