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Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Exercise normal precautions in the Marshall Islands.

Exercise normal precautions in the Marshall Islands.                                                                                          

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to the Marshall Islands:

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Embassy Messages

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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


Six Months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least one blank page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not for U.S. citizens

VACCINATIONS:


Cholera (for those travelling from an infected area)

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


$10,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


$10,000

Embassies and Consulates

The U.S. Embassy in Majuro
Located on the ocean-side of the island's major road, approximately two miles east of the airport (There is no street address).
P.O. Box 1379
Majuro, MH 96960-1379

Telephone: (692) 247-4011
Emergency after-hours: (692)-455 8213
Fax: (692) 247-4012
Email: MAJConsular@state.gov

Destination Description

See the Department of State's Fact Sheet on The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for information on U.S.-RMI relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Under the Compact of Free Association, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter the Marshall Islands. For international flights departing Amata Kabua International Airport in Majuro, there is a departure fee of $20 for individuals aged 13 through 59. For domestic flights within the Marshall Islands departing Amata Kabua International Airport in Majuro, there is a departure fee of $2 for individuals aged 13 through 59. Diplomats are exempt from departure fees. 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.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

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. The number of violent assaults has increased over the past couple years, however, including three homicides. There have also been an increasing number of reports of sexual harassment towards women and girls and an increase in reports of domestic violence. 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 are no sidewalks and little to no room on the sides of roads for pedestrians to walk. All taxis in Majuro are shared taxis that stop to pick up and drop off passengers frequently. There have been reports of taxi drivers and/or passengers sexually harassing women in shared taxis. It is recommended that women and girls avoid riding shared taxis, particularly after dark, and avoid walking around alone after dark.

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 crime. The capacity of local police to sufficiently respond to and assist victims of crime and traffic accidents is limited due to a lack of response vehicles, radios, and other essential equipment, as well as inadequate training.

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 information on assistance programs such as Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI) ‘s Weto in Mour support service for women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence
  • 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.

Sea Safety: Travelers should wear the appropriate safety equipment before engaging in water sports and take local advice on safety at all times when diving, snorkeling, or other adventure sports. Beaches in the Marshall Islands tend to be rocky and have lots of sharp coral. It is recommended to swim on the lagoon side of the island and avoid swimming on the ocean side due to the strong waves and rocky beaches. Wearing water shoes while swimming is highly recommended to avoid getting lacerations which can quickly become infected.

Natural Disasters: The Marshall Islands are vulnerable to natural disasters, such as cyclones, king tides, tsunamis, floods, and severe droughts. Although these are rare occurrences, you should monitor local and international weather updates carefully and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the U.S., 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.

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

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

Female 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. There have been an increasing number of reports of sexual harassment towards women and girls. It is recommended that women and girls avoid riding shared taxis, particularly after dark, and avoid going out alone at night. 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. Betelnut is prohibited in some parts of Majuro and in all of Kwajalein.

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 in Kwajalein Atoll. The cost for international calls is quite expensive. Internet service is available, but also expensive. There are few areas where wifi is available. International roaming is not available in the Marshall Islands, and RMI sim cards do not work outside the RMI. There are no data plans available for cellular service in the Marshall Islands. The RMI National Telecommunications Authority recently launched new 4G service, but it does not work with most U.S. cellphones and it is very expensive with low data limits.

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. The ATMs frequently are out of order, so it is recommended to have enough cash available for your stay in the Marshall Islands. A few hotels and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards, but they may charge an additional fee. Most transactions are cash only. 

Health

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, a public hospital, and a private pharmacy. 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: 

Water: Tap water in the Marshall Islands is not safe to drink and it is recommended not to be used when brushing your teeth. Safe bottled water is available in stores. Majuro lagoon has tested positive for E. coli bacteria. It is recommended to take extra caution to avoid ingesting water when swimming in the lagoon.

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

Further health information: 

Travel and Transportation

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, as well as children and inebriated individuals darting into the road without looking for cars, 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. All taxis in Majuro are shared taxis that stop to pick up and drop off passengers frequently. It is recommended that women and girls avoid riding shared taxis, particularly after dark. On outer atolls, there is no transportation for evacuation to the rudimentary medical facilities on the two atolls with hospitals (Majuro and Kwajalein (Ebeye)).

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.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the RMI’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to the Marshall Islands should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal (select “broadcast warnings”). It is recommended to avoid traveling to outer islands by small boats from December to March.

Last Updated: January 18, 2018

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Majuro
P.O. Box 1379
Majuro, MH 96960-1379
Telephone
(692) 247-4011
Emergency
(692)-455 8213
Fax
(692) 247-4012

Marshall Islands Map