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Nauru

Nauru
Republic of Nauru
Exercise normal precautions in Nauru.

Exercise normal precautions in Nauru. 

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

If you decide to travel to Nauru:

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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:


3 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Yes

VACCINATIONS:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


Unlimited if declared on arrival

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


Up to AUD $2,500; permit required for amounts exceeding AUD $2,500

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy, Suva

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
Telephone:
+(679) 331-4466
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049
Fax: +(679) 330-2267
SuvaACS@state.gov

Destination Description

See the Department of State Fact Sheet on Nauru for information on U.S. – Nauru relations. 

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You must obtain your visa before you travel to Nauru; there is no visa issuance on arrival. To enter Nauru, you need:

  • a valid passport with a minimum of three months validity
  • a visa
  • an onward/return ticket
  • proof of hotel bookings (or sponsorship from a resident of Nauru)

For more information on entry/exit requirements, you may wish to contact Republic of Nauru Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York at 212-937-0074 or by fax at 212-937-0079. The address is: 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400A New York, NY 10017.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

Safety and Security

Public Safety: Messages regarding demonstrations and strikes, explosive device/suspicious packages, and weather-related events are posted on the embassy’s website.

CRIME: Nauru has a low crime rate. However, visitors should not be complacent regarding their personal safety or the protection of valuables.
To stay connected:

Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.

VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 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

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency phone numbers is as follows in Nauru:

Police Emergency Service      110
Fire Emergency Service        112
Ambulance Emergency Service   111 or 444-3883
Customer Care              123
Directory Enquiries           192

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 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 in Fiji immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs: Nauru's customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Nauru of items such as foodstuffs, animals, and pornographic materials. Please contact the Consulate General of Nauru in Melbourne, Australia, for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Currency: The Australian dollar is the legal currency in Nauru. You should be prepared to pay cash for hotel bills and all other services, since credit card services are not available.

Special Circumstances: Access to and from Nauru is limited to a small number of commercial air flights each week. Transportation may be interrupted due to weather, political or labor disputes, economic difficulties, and other reasons. If you travel to Nauru and an emergency arises, you should be prepared to remain in Nauru until the emergency passes or to arrange for a private air or sea charter from the island. Hotels are also limited and should be booked before arrival.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events in Nauru. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Nauru, you may review the Department of State's Human Rights Report. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility of buildings, and communications and information for persons with disabilities is not mandated. There are no special accommodations for persons with disabilities.

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

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

There are few health care facilities available in the Republic of Nauru. Medical care for routine problems is available, but not up to the standards of industrialized countries. On occasion, basic medications can be difficult to obtain. Emergency response capability is extremely limited. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health service. There is a recompression chamber in Nauru. Before diving, check that facilities are operational.

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.

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

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 Nauru, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The main road circling the island is paved, but the remaining roads are unpaved. There is no organized roadside assistance, although there are a number of mechanics and car repair facilities on the island. Animals and pedestrians walking in the road make night driving hazardous. For specific information concerning Nauru driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, contact the Nauru Consulate General in Melbourne, Australia at telephone (613) 9653-5709, fax (613) 9654-4738, or via email.

Traffic Laws: Traffic moves on the left in Nauru. There are few taxis or buses in Nauru, but vehicles can be hired locally. Please refer to 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 Nauru, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Nauru’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 Nauru 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”).

Last Updated: March 9, 2018
Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua Suva,
Fiji Islands
Telephone
+(679) 331-4466
Emergency
+(679) 772-8049
Fax
+(679) 330-2267
Nauru Map