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Republic of Kiribati
Exercise normal precautions in Kiribati.

Reissued with updates to health information and Travel Advisory Level.

Exercise normal precautions in Kiribati.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Kiribati.

Commercial transportation to/from Kiribati is sporadically available. 

If you decide to travel to Kiribati:


Hague Convention Participation

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Hague Convention Information

Kiribati is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Kiribati. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Kiribati should contact the Kiribati High Court to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Kiribati who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Kiribati High Court. See contact information below.

Only persons domiciled in Kiribati may adopt Kiribati orphans. Kiribati has no indigenous legislation on adoption. The U.K. Adoption Act of 1958, as modified and applied to meet Kiribati circumstances, governs adoptions in the country.

There are no adoption agencies or non-government lawyers in Kiribati. Attorneys resident in Suva, Fiji, occasionally handle cases in Kiribati.

There are two government lawyers in Kiribati, known as "People's Lawyers," who are on volunteer contracts with the Kiribati government. The People's Lawyer may be contacted at:

Office of the People's Lawyer
Post Office Box 501
Betio, Tarawa
Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific
Tel: (+686) 26312

Prospective adoptive parents may have to seek the assistance of the People's Lawyer. Alternatively, prospective adoptive parents may seek assistance from the Attorney General's office.

The Attorney General's contact information is:

Office of the Attorney General 
Post Office Box 62
Bairiki, Tarawa
Republic of Kiribati, Central Pacific
Tel: (+686) 21242

Note: Seek legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General and/or the People's Lawyer well in advance.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

The nearest immigrant visa issuing U.S. embassy is in Suva, Fiji. Once prospective adoptive parents receive the Form I-171 Notice of approval of relative immigrant visa petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the embassy requests that U.S. prospective adoptive parents begin and maintain contact with the Immigrant Visa Unit. Their contact information is: and (679) 331-4466 (telephone) and (679) 330-2267 (fax).

Note: The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji cannot issue visas on the same day of the visa interview. Prospective adoptive parents should expect a minimum of two days for the visa to be issued. U.S. families should make their travel plans accordingly, including allowing for the possibility of computer difficulties or other problems that could potentially further delay visa issuance.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Kiribati and the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji’s website for information on consular services.

Kiribati High Court
Post Office Box 501
Betio, Tarawa
Tel: (+686) 26451

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Kiribati, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

Last Updated: July 5, 2023

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
+(679) 331-4466
+(679) 772-8049
+(679) 330-2267

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