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Micronesia

Micronesia
Micronesia
Exercise normal precautions in Micronesia.

Exercise normal precautions in Micronesia.

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

If you decide to travel to Micronesia:

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Quick Facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:


Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


No requirement

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not required

VACCINATIONS:


A valid international certificate of vaccination is required for travelers coming from a region infected with small pox, yellow fever, or cholera

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


You must declare amounts equivalent to $10,000 or above.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


None

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Kolonia
1286 U.S. Embassy Place, Pohnpei (near the movie theater)
Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: +(691) 320-2187
Emergency after-hours telephone: +(691) 920-2369
Fax: +(691) 320-2186
Email: KoloniaACS@state.gov

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for information on U.S. – FSM relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia website for the most current information.

You will need a U.S. passport valid for at least 180 days from the time of entry, a completed FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record, and a completed FSM Customs Form in order to enter the FSM. Your air carrier will distribute the FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and Customs Form before you arrive in the FSM. U.S. citizens may enter the FSM to live, work, or study indefinitely without visas or non-citizen registration requirements. There is no limit to the length of time U.S. citizens can remain in the FSM.

All four states have a 20 USD departure fee, which you must pay when you leave each island. Please make sure you have cash available, as credit cards are not accepted, and ATM machines are not available at any of the airports.

Travel on commercial aircraft between states of the FSM is considered to be international travel, and persons who are not citizens of the FSM are required to comply with passport requirements upon arrival in any state of the FSM from a commercial aircraft regardless of the point of boarding.

FSM Travel Letters: U.S. citizens who reside in Guam or Saipan should avoid traveling to Chuuk State with travel letters issued by the FSM Consulate in Guam. U.S. citizens who enter Chuuk with a travel letter will not be able to exit Chuuk without a valid passport. Travelers, including small children, have been stranded in Chuuk for days and weeks waiting to receive their passport, because there is no U.S. consulate on Chuuk.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to the FSM.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Crime: Most crime in the FSM is petty theft motivated by opportunity and impulse. Crime rates are significantly higher in Chuuk than in the other states, and incidents in Chuuk have recently included assaults on U.S. citizens. Sexual assaults occur, but you can reduce your risk if you take security precautions by maintaining situational awareness and avoiding individuals who appear to be intoxicated. Do not attempt to intervene in disputes between local citizens. Compared to norms in the United States, local police are less responsive to victim concerns, particularly in cases involving burglary. Local police may not possess the resources to prosecute crimes.

To remain safe:

  • exercise extreme caution at all times
  • be alert to any unusual activity around your home or business
  • stay off the streets after dark
  • drive with the car windows closed and doors locked
  • report any suspicious incidents to local police
  • ensure that the hotel where you stay is prepared to assist you in an emergency
  • women should travel in groups and walk in well-lit areas
  • drive defensively and be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially near Yap harbor and Chuuk Lagoon.

Unexploded ordnance from World War II remains in some areas. It is dangerous, as well as illegal, to remove “souvenirs” from sunken WWII vessels and aircraft.

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

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the police.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. Report crimes to the local police at 320-2221 on Pohnpei and 911 on all other islands. The numbers for fire assistance are 330-2222 (Chuuk), 370-3333 (Kosrae), 320-2223 (Pohnpei), and 350-3333 (Yap).

The capacity of local police and fire departments throughout the FSM is extremely limited. There is often a significant delay before police and firefighters respond to calls, and they may not be able to respond at all. Often, no one picks up at emergency numbers, especially after normal business hours.

The capacity to investigate crimes is extremely limited, and victims may wait months for an arrest, if one ever occurs. The justice system of the FSM is extremely slow, and western legal standards may not be applied. Some members of law enforcement are poorly trained and unprofessional. You could be detained without being read your rights and held in unsanitary conditions. Court-appointed attorneys, as well as judges, may not have legal training comparable to that found in the United States. 

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 should contact the Embassy for information on the availability of U.S. based resources to assist you. There are no locally based resources for victims of domestic violence.

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 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.

Public drunkeness is a felony in Yap. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs, including marijuana, in the FSM are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

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 LGBT events in the FSM; however, Micronesian society is still very conservative, and the LGBT community remains very discreet in general.

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

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility and accommodation are vastly different from what you find in the United States. Neither laws nor regulations mandate accessibility to public facilities, services, or accomodations for persons with mobility issues. There are few sidewalks in the FSM. There is no public transportation. Taxis are run by independent operators who make no provision for people with mobility issues. The national Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities; however, they rarely take action to enforce these measures.

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

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Only basic medical care is available, and only on the main outer islands of the Federated States.

Health care facilities in the FSM consist of state-run hospitals on each of the four major islands and a few scattered clinics. These facilities lack advanced supplies and medicines, and the quality of health care is low. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. In Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae states, you can reach ambulance services by calling the state hospitals. Medical evacuation assistance is available only by air. The assistance could take days to arrive and is expensive. There are no daily commercial flights. Because flights often sell out, finding last-minute seats is difficult. Scuba divers should note that decompression chambers in Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei are generally not working, and local staff may not have adequate experience in treating diving injuries.

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 accept only cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

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

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: The information below concerning the FSM may not be accurate in all locations and circumstances. Most roads in the FSM are in very poor condition; they are narrow and without sidewalks. There are no traffic signals, and all roads are used simultaneously by pedestrians, children playing, animals, and vehicles. Road conditions can worsen significantly after heavy rains, which occur frequently. There are very few street lights, so road visibility is difficult at night, and pedestrians may dress in dark clothing, making them especially hard to see. Roads outside of towns are mostly unpaved. Travel by bicycle is hampered by the lack of shoulders on the roads and the presence of many dogs on the island.

There is no formal training in road safety or driving, so many drivers are unaware of road safety rules. Drivers often make sudden turns or stop without warning to chat with or pick up pedestrians. When traffic accidents happen, they often result in fatalities or serious injuries.

Motorcyclists are required by law to wear helmets, though this law is rarely enforced.

Traffic Laws: Speed limits throughout the FSM are very low--20-25 miles per hour (mph) in most places and 15 mph in school zones when children are present. It is not uncommon for drivers to drive at 5 to 10 mph, even when there is no traffic. Drivers may stop in the roadway without warning to talk to someone on the side of the road.

Driving is on the right-hand side of the road, as in the United States. However, the majority of vehicles in FSM are right-hand drive vehicles imported from Japan. Drivers in these vehicles do not have an optimal field of vision, which can interfere with driving maneuvers and drivers’ ability to establish visual contact with other road users.

If you intend to reside in the FSM, you should acquire a local driver’s license from the State Police. In most cases, the police will issue a local license to anyone who presents a U.S. driver’s license. If you will be in the FSM temporarily, a U.S. driver’s license is sufficient to rent a car and drive for the duration of your visit.

Public Transportation: There is no public transportation. Taxis are available in state capitals, but you should always be careful, because many taxi drivers are reckless. Taxis are often shared; very few taxi drivers accept single fares.

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

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Micronesia 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: November 30, 2018

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kolonia
1286 U.S. Embassy Place, Pohnpei
Kolonia, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone
+(691) 320-2187
Emergency
+(691) 920-2369
Fax
+(691) 320-2186

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