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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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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


Six Months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least one blank page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not for U.S. citizens

VACCINATIONS:


Cholera (required 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. Visit the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ website for the most current visa information.

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 nationality, prevention 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.

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

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. The capacity of local police to respond to and assist with emergencies is limited.
  • 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.

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.

Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.

Furthermore, some laws 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 the following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

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.

Women Travelers:

The RMI does not practice forced marriage or female genital mutilation. Domestic violence is an endemic problem in the country. 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.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Majuro and Ebeye are the only islands with medical facilities that can provide adequate service for routine medical problems. Few or no healthcare facilities elsewhere. There is no emergency transport service between the outer atolls and the hospitals. Majuro has one private clinic, one public hospital, and one pharmacy; Ebeye has one public hospital. The hospitals often run out of supplies & medicine. Serious medical problems requiring medevac to the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars.

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 (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with 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 to ensure the medication is legal in the MRI. 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.

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.

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.

There is one paved road on Majuro Island, but there are few traffic signs and no traffic lights. While driving, you should be alert for animals roaming the street and children and adults darting into the road without looking for cars, especially after dark. Drinking and driving is common, especially on the weekends. Walking beside the street can be dangerous due to poor lighting, the absence of sidewalks, and drivers who may have been drinking. Roads experience temporary flooding after heavy rains and during high tides. Because there are few streetlights, visibility is poor, and night driving requires special caution.

Traffic Laws:  

Vehicle traffic proceeds on the right side. The speed limit is 25 mph throughout the island, and there are multiple speed bumps so caution is necessary particularly while driving at night. 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: There is no public transportation system in the Marshall Islands. Shared public taxis are available in Majuro and stop to pick up and drop off passengers frequently. Travel between Majuro and the outer islands is by local air transport that is unreliable or by boat, which can be particularly hazardous from December to April.

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.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in the Marshall Islands, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of the 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. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.

Last Updated: December 10, 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