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Tuvalu

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Last Updated: March 9, 2018
Exercise normal precautions in Tuvalu.

Exercise normal precautions in Tuvalu. 

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

If you decide to travel to Tuvalu:

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


One page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Available upon arrival

VACCINATIONS:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


AUD $3000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


AUD $3000

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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

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet Tuvalu for information on U.S. – Tuvalu relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

To enter Tuvalu, you will need:

  • A passport with 6 month validity;
  • Onward/return ticket;
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay
  • Visitor permits valid for up to one month are issued for a fee of AUD $100

For further information about entry requirements, you may contact:

Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations
800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400 D
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 490-0534

For individuals planning to enter by sea: Tuvalu’s customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning importation or exportation items such as agricultural products. Visit the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations website for the most current visa information and customs restrictions. 

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Tuvalu.

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.

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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: Tuvalu has a low crime rate. However, visitors should review their own personal security practices, be alert to any unusual activity around their homes or businesses, and report any suspicious incidents to local police authorities. See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 688-20726 and contact the U.S. Embassy at + (679) 772-8049. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. 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 may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Visit the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, and Alerts.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Review our Traveler's Checklist for useful travel tips.
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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: The Tuvalu Custom Act states that all visitors arriving and departing the country may not carry more than AUD $3,000.

Currency: The Australian dollar is the legal currency in Tuvalu. The Tuvalu National Bank accepts traveler’s checks and most major currencies, including U.S. dollars.

You should be prepared to pay cash for hotel bills and all other services, since credit card services are not available. There are no ATMs on Tuvalu, so it may not be possible to withdraw cash from overseas bank accounts.

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

LGBTI Travelers: Sexual conduct between males is illegal, with maximum penalties of seven to 14 years’ imprisonment depending on the nature of the offense. We are not aware of any recent reports of violence against persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity or prosecutions of consenting adults under these provisions. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Tuvalu prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disability. Supplementary state services to address the special needs of persons with disabilities are very limited.

There are no mandated building accessibility provisions for persons with disabilities. The only multi-story government building has elevators, but they are not always operational. There are no elevators in private multi-story buildings.

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

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers

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Health
  • Medical and dental care is very limited in Tuvalu.
  • Serious medical problems are referred to health professionals and hospitals in Guam or Hawaii.
  • 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 services.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. 
  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

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.

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

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic moves on the left in Tuvalu. The main roads on Funafuti are paved, but other roads on other islands are generally unpaved. Animals and unwary pedestrians walking in the road make night driving on unlit secondary roads hazardous. For specific information concerning Tuvalu driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, contact the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Public Transportation: The main forms of public transportation are taxis or motorcycles. Please refer to our Road Safety page and Traffic Laws in Tuvalu for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tuvalu, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Tuvalu’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 Tuvalu 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”).

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
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U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
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Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters.
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Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
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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

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
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Hague Convention Information

Tuvalu is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Tuvalu did not change.

There are two important points to consider when adopting a child from Tuvalu: 1) Only children below the age of 12 may be adopted; and 2) children who have attained the age of 10 years are usually, but not always, required to consent to their adoption.

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Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to United States from Tuvalu, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Tuvalu also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There is no formal residency requirement for foreigners seeking to adopt in Tuvalu. However, adoptive parents must be physically present in court to file an application for adoption and must remain in Tuvalu until the final adoption order is granted.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: One prospective adoptive parent must be at least 25 years old, and both must be at least 21 years older than the child.
  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants for an adoption should be a married husband and wife. The law permits an adoption order in favor of one person in "exceptional circumstances." However, a single male cannot adopt a female child.
  • INCOME REQUIREMENTS: Income should be above average and prospective adoptive parents should live in a suitable environment. Proof of income will have to be submitted to the central adoption authority.
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS: The applicants must be of good character and have no adverse criminal record relating to any offense involving violence or abuse towards a child.

    The applicants must be mentally and physically fit to fulfill the responsibilities, evidenced by a medical report.

    The applicant must be able to provide a secure and stable home environment for the child.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Tuvalu has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. You cannot adopt a child in Tuvalu unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below.

In addition to these requirements, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States. Learn more about these U.S. requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

RELINQUISHMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.

ABANDONMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

Only children who have not attained the age of 12 years may be adopted. There is no provision in the law for adoption of children above the age of 12.

8. (1) Subject to this Act the Court may make an adoption order only where a child has not attained the age of 12 years before the date on which the application for adoption was filed in the Court.

SIBLING REQUIREMENTS:

None

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS:

welfare and interests of the child shall be regarded as the paramount consideration

WAITING PERIOD:

Two months or less if all requirements are met.

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How to Adopt

Tuvalu 's Adoption Authority
There is no support system or body in Tuvalu which oversees international adoptions. The Senior Magistrate Court handles international adoptions.

THE PROCESS

The process for adopting a child from Tuvalu generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Tuvalu
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home
  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider

    The first step in adopting a child from Tuvalu is usually to select a licensed agency in the United States that can help with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. Learn more about choosing the right adoption service provider.

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

    There is only one private lawyer practicing in Tuvalu known as the "People's Lawyer" who is a volunteer on contract with the Tuvalu Government. The People's Lawyer may be contacted at:

    Office of the People's Lawyer 
    Private Mail Bag
    Funafuti, Tuvalu
    Telephone: (688) 20721
    Fax: (688) 20730

    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 office contact information is:

    Office of the Attorney General
    Private Mail Bag
    Funafuti
    Telephone: (+688) 20823
    Facsimile: (+688) 20819

  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

    To bring an adopted child from Tuvalu to the United States, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how.

    In addition to meeting the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, you need to meet the requirements of Tuvalu as described in the Who Can Adopt section.

  3. Be Matched with a Child 

    If you are eligible to adopt, , You are responsible to identitfy a child below the age of 12 years . Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.

    The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Tuvalu's requirements, as described in the Who Can be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law. Learn more.

  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Tuvalu

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Tuvalu generally includes the following:
    • ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: There is no support system or body in Tuvalu which oversees international adoptions. There is one social welfare officer based at the Ministry of Home Affairs. The contact address is:

      Ministry of Home Affairs
      Phone number: (+688) 20174 or (+688) 20173.
      Facsimile number: (+688) 20821

      The Senior Magistrate Court is the Tuvaluan entity which handles adoption and remains involved throughout the adoption process. Their role is stated below.

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

    • ROLE OF THE COURT: The prospective adoptive parents must file an Application for Adoption with the Senior Magistrate Court. The Court will then appoint the Tuvaluan Social Welfare Officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs as Guardian Ad Litem. The Social Welfare Department will conduct a home-study and investigation that assesses the prospective adoptive parents' character, financial competence and suitability, and report back to the Court. The Magistrate's Court will then consider whether to grant an Adoption Order based on the report. If the Social Welfare report is favorable, the court grants the Adoption Order.
    • ADOPTION APPLICATION: The best source for information about adoption in Tuvalu would be Tuvalu's Adoption Act, which can be located at: http://www.paclii.org/tv/legis/consol_act/aoca191/.

      Tuvalu's Adoption Act states at the outset that: "In all proceedings under this Act the welfare and interests of the child shall be regarded as the paramount consideration." Very generally, and in summary, the process as outlined in the legislation is as follows:
      • The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.
      • The prospective adoptive parents may then file an Application for Adoption with the Senior Magistrate Court.
      • The Court appoints the Tuvaluan Social Welfare Officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs as Guardian Ad Litem. The Social Welfare Department conducts a home-study and investigation that assesses the prospective adoptive parents' character, financial competence and suitability, and reports back to the Court.
      • The Magistrate's Court considers whether to grant an Adoption Order based on the report. If the Social Welfare report is favorable, the court grants the Adoption Order.
      • The parents take the Adoption Order to the Tuvaluan Registrar General in order to amend the original birth record to reflect the completion of the adoption. The new parents are issued a new birth certificate showing the adoptive parents as the child's "Father" and "Mother."
    • TIME FRAME: The Department of State has been advised that it generally takes about two months to complete an adoption in Tuvalu, from filing the application until issuance of the adoption order.
    • ADOPTION FEES: The U.S. Government discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, "donations," or "expediting" fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents. Such fees have the appearance of "buying" a baby and put all future adoptions in Tuvalu at risk.

      Australian currency is used in Tuvalu. A court fee of Australian $6.00 is required to file the motion and receive the Adoption Order.

    • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The Social Welfare Officer and the Senior Magistrate Court will require the prospective adoptive parents to submit the following documents:
      • Written consent of the child and the child's parents or guardians.
      • The child's original birth certificate.
      • Adoptive parents' criminal background, financial documents, employment references, evidence of property, etc.
      • Prospective adoptive parents' birth certificates, marriage license, and any divorce decrees from previous marriages.
      • Two written character references for the adoptive parents, preferably from people of high standing, such as church ministers, school principles, or government officials.
      • An independent home study report, conducted by their local social welfare agency.
      • Any other information tending to show that the adoption is in the best interest of the child. (e.g., a statement as to motives for adoption).

    NOTE: Additional documents may be requested. If you are asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic, we can help. Learn how.

  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

    After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Tuvalu, the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) MUST determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600). Learn how.

  6. Bring Your Child Home Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      In order to do this, you will need to take the Adoption Order to the Tuvaluan Registrar General in order to amend the original birth record to reflect the completion of the adoption. The new birth certificate will show you, the adoptive parents, as the child's "Father" and "Mother."

    • Tuvaluan Passport
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Tuvalu.

    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child's I-600 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the "Panel Physician's" medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.

    NOTE : The U.S. Embassy cannot issue visas on the same day of the visa interview. Prospective adopting parents should expect a minimum of two days for the visa to be issued. American 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

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents.

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree.

* Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Tuvalu. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Tuvalu, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Tuvalu registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.

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After Adoption

What does Tuvalu require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Tuvalu and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Tuvalu 
The United States does not have an Embassy or Mission in Tuvalu. The Embassy that covers Tuvalu is located in Fiji. That Embassy's Consular Section is located at:

The Embassy of the United States, Suva, Fiji
31 Loftus Street
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji
Tel: (679) 331-4466
Fax: (679) 330-2267
Email: consularsuva@state.gov
Internet: https://fj.usembassy.gov/embassy/suva/

Tuvalu's Adoption Authority 
Magistrate's Court
Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel: (+688) 20837

Embassy of Tuvalu 
Tuvalu does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Washington, D.C. Tuvalu's only official representative in the United States is at the United Nations in New York:

The Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400 B
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (+1 212) 490-0534
Fax: (+1 212) 808-4975

Office of Children's Issues 
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor  
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
Intenet: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
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Fee Number
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A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

See information in individual document categories.

General Issuing Authority Information:  Civil documents are issued by competent government offices, district officers, and the Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Fee prescribed by the Office of the Registrar General

Document Name:  Register of Births

Issuing Authority:   Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Registration Criteria:  The parents of the child; any persons present at the birth; any persons  occupying at the time of the birth any part of the house where the child was born and having knowledge of the child having been born in the house; any medical practitioner or midwife in attendance after the birth and having personal knowledge of the birth having occurred and any person having charge of the child are deemed qualified to register the birth of a child with the registrar for the district in which the child was born.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of birth in the register of births kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Register of Births document shows an individual’s date of birth, place of birth, name, gender, parents’ names, parents’ occupations, parents’ dates of birth, parents’ places of birth, parents’ date and place of marriage, previous issues living and deceased, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, place and date of registration notification, and name if added after registration.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:   Register of Death

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper; the official seal and signature of the Registrar General is at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  Any relative of the deceased person present at the time of death or in attendance during his/her last illness;  any other relative of the deceased residing or being in the district where the death occurred; any person present at the death; the occupier of the house if he/she knew of the happening of the death;  an inmate of the house who knew of the happening of the death, or the person causing the disposal of the body are deemed qualified to register the death of a person with the registrar for the district in which death occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:   Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of death in the register of deaths kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:   A Register of Death document includes the registration number, the deceased’s name and occupation, gender, age, date and place of death, duration of illness, cause of death, certification by medical practitioner, parents’ names, date and place of burial, deceased’s place of birth and years spent in Tuvalu, deceased’s marital status, name of spouse, date of marriage, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, and the names and ages of the deceased’s children.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Register of Marriage

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  A registrar, a marriage officer, or religious minister who conducted the marriage ceremony is deemed qualified to register the marriage of the new couple with the registrar for the district in which the marriage occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of the Attorney General. There may be a fee for this service.

Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of marriage in the register of marriage kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Marriage shows the marriage registration number; the groom’s particulars including his name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; bride’s name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; date of marriage, place of marriage, name of person who performed the marriage, and names of witnesses of the marriage.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Certificate of Divorce

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria:  Once the divorce is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, a certificate of divorce is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to each party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

Magistrate’s Court
Vaiaku, Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-837

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available upon request.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Divorce will list the Magistrate’s Court/Island Court where the divorce proceedings were held, the judge’s signature, the names of the parties, and the place and date of marriage.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Adoption Order

Issuing Authority:  Magistrate’s Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria: Once the adoption is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, an Adoption Order is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to the petitioning party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

High Court
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20837

Certified Copies Available:   Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  An Adoption Order will list the name of the court where the adoption proceedings were held, the signature of the judge, the names of the parties, and the place and date of final order.

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Identity Card

Unavailable: Tuvalu does not produce a national identity card.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available

Procedure for Obtaining: See Police Certificates.

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Police Previous Convictions Record

Issuing Authority: The Commissioner of Police, Office of the Prime Minister, Police and Prison , Vaiaku, Funafuti

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official Seal of the Tuvalu Government located at the top left of the form.  The Report Serial Number is located at the top right of the certificate, while the signature and stamp of the Commissioner of Police are located at the bottom left of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria:  If the applicant is a Tuvalu citizen or resident, he/she should apply in person at the Office of the Commissioner of Police.  If the applicant resides outside of Tuvalu, he/she should apply by mail to the Office of the Commissioner of Police and provide a properly completed police form, set of fingerprint cards, and copies of Tuvalu visas/passport, passport-size photo and a letter explaining the need for the police clearance certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: An applicant will need to provide a properly completed application form for a Police Clearance Report  together with a set of fingerprints of both hands on the fingerprint card to:

Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
Tuvalu Police Force
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20726
Fax: (+688) 20149
E-mail: police@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The police certificate will include the report serial number, the applicant’s name, place and date of birth, nationality, place of residence in Tuvalu, email address, telephone and fax number, passport number, passport dates of issuance and expiration, and the reason for convictions report request.

Military Records

Unavailable: Tuvalu has no armed forces.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular (sky blue), Diplomatic Passports (Red); Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity (Black)

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Passport; Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Issuing Government Authority:  Tuvalu Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular passports are valid for five years from the date of issuance, and are sky blue in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the seal and the word “Passport” located at the bottom of the seal.  Diplomatic passports are valid for ten years from the date of issuance and are red in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the Tuvalu seal and the words “Diplomatic Passport” located at the bottom of the Tuvalu seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chief Immigration Officer

Registration Criteria: Any Tuvalu citizen may apply for a passport.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available by contacting:

Office of the Chief Immigration Officer
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-101, 20-100
Fascimile: (+688) 20-820

Alternate Documents: Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Tuvalu regular and diplomatic passports have 48 pages; the Certificates of Identity have 24 pages and the Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity have 12 pages.

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Suva, Fiji (Embassy)

Address:

158 Princes Road
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji

Phone Number:  (+679) 331-4466

Visa Services:  U.S Embassy Suva processes all visa categories for countries in its consular district including Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and the French territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna.

Comments / Additional Information:  Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji provides all visa services for Tuvalu and the following areas:

  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Tonga
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 490-0534 (212) 808-4975

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
Tuvalu Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Travel Advisory Levels
1 Exercise normal precautions, 2 Exercise increased caution, 3 Reconsider travel, 4 Do not travel

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


One page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Available upon arrival

VACCINATIONS:


None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


AUD $3000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


AUD $3000

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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

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet Tuvalu for information on U.S. – Tuvalu relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

To enter Tuvalu, you will need:

  • A passport with 6 month validity;
  • Onward/return ticket;
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay
  • Visitor permits valid for up to one month are issued for a fee of AUD $100

For further information about entry requirements, you may contact:

Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations
800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400 D
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 490-0534

For individuals planning to enter by sea: Tuvalu’s customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning importation or exportation items such as agricultural products. Visit the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations website for the most current visa information and customs restrictions. 

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Tuvalu.

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.

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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: Tuvalu has a low crime rate. However, visitors should review their own personal security practices, be alert to any unusual activity around their homes or businesses, and report any suspicious incidents to local police authorities. See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 688-20726 and contact the U.S. Embassy at + (679) 772-8049. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. 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 may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Visit the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, and Alerts.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Review our Traveler's Checklist for useful travel tips.
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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: The Tuvalu Custom Act states that all visitors arriving and departing the country may not carry more than AUD $3,000.

Currency: The Australian dollar is the legal currency in Tuvalu. The Tuvalu National Bank accepts traveler’s checks and most major currencies, including U.S. dollars.

You should be prepared to pay cash for hotel bills and all other services, since credit card services are not available. There are no ATMs on Tuvalu, so it may not be possible to withdraw cash from overseas bank accounts.

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

LGBTI Travelers: Sexual conduct between males is illegal, with maximum penalties of seven to 14 years’ imprisonment depending on the nature of the offense. We are not aware of any recent reports of violence against persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity or prosecutions of consenting adults under these provisions. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Tuvalu prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disability. Supplementary state services to address the special needs of persons with disabilities are very limited.

There are no mandated building accessibility provisions for persons with disabilities. The only multi-story government building has elevators, but they are not always operational. There are no elevators in private multi-story buildings.

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

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers

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Health
  • Medical and dental care is very limited in Tuvalu.
  • Serious medical problems are referred to health professionals and hospitals in Guam or Hawaii.
  • 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 services.
  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation. 
  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

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.

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

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic moves on the left in Tuvalu. The main roads on Funafuti are paved, but other roads on other islands are generally unpaved. Animals and unwary pedestrians walking in the road make night driving on unlit secondary roads hazardous. For specific information concerning Tuvalu driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, contact the Tuvalu Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Public Transportation: The main forms of public transportation are taxis or motorcycles. Please refer to our Road Safety page and Traffic Laws in Tuvalu for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tuvalu, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Tuvalu’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 Tuvalu 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”).

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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

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Tuvalu is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Tuvalu did not change.

There are two important points to consider when adopting a child from Tuvalu: 1) Only children below the age of 12 may be adopted; and 2) children who have attained the age of 10 years are usually, but not always, required to consent to their adoption.

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Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to United States from Tuvalu, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Tuvalu also has the following requirements for prospective adoptive parents:

  • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There is no formal residency requirement for foreigners seeking to adopt in Tuvalu. However, adoptive parents must be physically present in court to file an application for adoption and must remain in Tuvalu until the final adoption order is granted.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: One prospective adoptive parent must be at least 25 years old, and both must be at least 21 years older than the child.
  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants for an adoption should be a married husband and wife. The law permits an adoption order in favor of one person in "exceptional circumstances." However, a single male cannot adopt a female child.
  • INCOME REQUIREMENTS: Income should be above average and prospective adoptive parents should live in a suitable environment. Proof of income will have to be submitted to the central adoption authority.
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS: The applicants must be of good character and have no adverse criminal record relating to any offense involving violence or abuse towards a child.

    The applicants must be mentally and physically fit to fulfill the responsibilities, evidenced by a medical report.

    The applicant must be able to provide a secure and stable home environment for the child.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Tuvalu has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. You cannot adopt a child in Tuvalu unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below.

In addition to these requirements, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States. Learn more about these U.S. requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

RELINQUISHMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.

ABANDONMENT REQUIREMENTS:

The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.

AGE REQUIREMENTS:

Only children who have not attained the age of 12 years may be adopted. There is no provision in the law for adoption of children above the age of 12.

8. (1) Subject to this Act the Court may make an adoption order only where a child has not attained the age of 12 years before the date on which the application for adoption was filed in the Court.

SIBLING REQUIREMENTS:

None

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS:

welfare and interests of the child shall be regarded as the paramount consideration

WAITING PERIOD:

Two months or less if all requirements are met.

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How to Adopt

Tuvalu 's Adoption Authority
There is no support system or body in Tuvalu which oversees international adoptions. The Senior Magistrate Court handles international adoptions.

THE PROCESS

The process for adopting a child from Tuvalu generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Tuvalu
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home
  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider

    The first step in adopting a child from Tuvalu is usually to select a licensed agency in the United States that can help with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. Learn more about choosing the right adoption service provider.

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

    There is only one private lawyer practicing in Tuvalu known as the "People's Lawyer" who is a volunteer on contract with the Tuvalu Government. The People's Lawyer may be contacted at:

    Office of the People's Lawyer 
    Private Mail Bag
    Funafuti, Tuvalu
    Telephone: (688) 20721
    Fax: (688) 20730

    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 office contact information is:

    Office of the Attorney General
    Private Mail Bag
    Funafuti
    Telephone: (+688) 20823
    Facsimile: (+688) 20819

  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

    To bring an adopted child from Tuvalu to the United States, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how.

    In addition to meeting the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, you need to meet the requirements of Tuvalu as described in the Who Can Adopt section.

  3. Be Matched with a Child 

    If you are eligible to adopt, , You are responsible to identitfy a child below the age of 12 years . Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.

    The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Tuvalu's requirements, as described in the Who Can be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law. Learn more.

  4. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in Tuvalu

    The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Tuvalu generally includes the following:
    • ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: There is no support system or body in Tuvalu which oversees international adoptions. There is one social welfare officer based at the Ministry of Home Affairs. The contact address is:

      Ministry of Home Affairs
      Phone number: (+688) 20174 or (+688) 20173.
      Facsimile number: (+688) 20821

      The Senior Magistrate Court is the Tuvaluan entity which handles adoption and remains involved throughout the adoption process. Their role is stated below.

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

    • ROLE OF THE COURT: The prospective adoptive parents must file an Application for Adoption with the Senior Magistrate Court. The Court will then appoint the Tuvaluan Social Welfare Officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs as Guardian Ad Litem. The Social Welfare Department will conduct a home-study and investigation that assesses the prospective adoptive parents' character, financial competence and suitability, and report back to the Court. The Magistrate's Court will then consider whether to grant an Adoption Order based on the report. If the Social Welfare report is favorable, the court grants the Adoption Order.
    • ADOPTION APPLICATION: The best source for information about adoption in Tuvalu would be Tuvalu's Adoption Act, which can be located at: http://www.paclii.org/tv/legis/consol_act/aoca191/.

      Tuvalu's Adoption Act states at the outset that: "In all proceedings under this Act the welfare and interests of the child shall be regarded as the paramount consideration." Very generally, and in summary, the process as outlined in the legislation is as follows:
      • The prospective adoptive parents must obtain written consent from (a) the child, and (b) the child's parents or guardians.
      • The prospective adoptive parents may then file an Application for Adoption with the Senior Magistrate Court.
      • The Court appoints the Tuvaluan Social Welfare Officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs as Guardian Ad Litem. The Social Welfare Department conducts a home-study and investigation that assesses the prospective adoptive parents' character, financial competence and suitability, and reports back to the Court.
      • The Magistrate's Court considers whether to grant an Adoption Order based on the report. If the Social Welfare report is favorable, the court grants the Adoption Order.
      • The parents take the Adoption Order to the Tuvaluan Registrar General in order to amend the original birth record to reflect the completion of the adoption. The new parents are issued a new birth certificate showing the adoptive parents as the child's "Father" and "Mother."
    • TIME FRAME: The Department of State has been advised that it generally takes about two months to complete an adoption in Tuvalu, from filing the application until issuance of the adoption order.
    • ADOPTION FEES: The U.S. Government discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, "donations," or "expediting" fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents. Such fees have the appearance of "buying" a baby and put all future adoptions in Tuvalu at risk.

      Australian currency is used in Tuvalu. A court fee of Australian $6.00 is required to file the motion and receive the Adoption Order.

    • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The Social Welfare Officer and the Senior Magistrate Court will require the prospective adoptive parents to submit the following documents:
      • Written consent of the child and the child's parents or guardians.
      • The child's original birth certificate.
      • Adoptive parents' criminal background, financial documents, employment references, evidence of property, etc.
      • Prospective adoptive parents' birth certificates, marriage license, and any divorce decrees from previous marriages.
      • Two written character references for the adoptive parents, preferably from people of high standing, such as church ministers, school principles, or government officials.
      • An independent home study report, conducted by their local social welfare agency.
      • Any other information tending to show that the adoption is in the best interest of the child. (e.g., a statement as to motives for adoption).

    NOTE: Additional documents may be requested. If you are asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic, we can help. Learn how.

  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

    After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Tuvalu, the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) MUST determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600). Learn how.

  6. Bring Your Child Home Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
    • Birth Certificate 
      You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

      In order to do this, you will need to take the Adoption Order to the Tuvaluan Registrar General in order to amend the original birth record to reflect the completion of the adoption. The new birth certificate will show you, the adoptive parents, as the child's "Father" and "Mother."

    • Tuvaluan Passport
      Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Tuvalu.

    • U.S. Immigrant Visa 
      After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child's I-600 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the "Panel Physician's" medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more.

    NOTE : The U.S. Embassy cannot issue visas on the same day of the visa interview. Prospective adopting parents should expect a minimum of two days for the visa to be issued. American 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

CHILD CITIZENSHIP ACT

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents.

For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree.

* Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.

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Traveling Abroad

APPLYING FOR YOUR U.S. PASSPORT

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Tuvalu. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

OBTAINING YOUR VISA

In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Tuvalu, see the Department of State's Country Specific Information.

STAYING SAFE ON YOUR TRIP

Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

STAYING IN TOUCH ON YOUR TRIP

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Tuvalu registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.

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After Adoption

What does Tuvalu require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

We strongly urge you to comply with the wish of Tuvalu and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to that country's history of positive experiences with American parents.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Tuvalu 
The United States does not have an Embassy or Mission in Tuvalu. The Embassy that covers Tuvalu is located in Fiji. That Embassy's Consular Section is located at:

The Embassy of the United States, Suva, Fiji
31 Loftus Street
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji
Tel: (679) 331-4466
Fax: (679) 330-2267
Email: consularsuva@state.gov
Internet: https://fj.usembassy.gov/embassy/suva/

Tuvalu's Adoption Authority 
Magistrate's Court
Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tel: (+688) 20837

Embassy of Tuvalu 
Tuvalu does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Washington, D.C. Tuvalu's only official representative in the United States is at the United Nations in New York:

The Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400 B
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (+1 212) 490-0534
Fax: (+1 212) 808-4975

Office of Children's Issues 
U.S. Department of State  
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor  
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
Intenet: http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

See information in individual document categories.

General Issuing Authority Information:  Civil documents are issued by competent government offices, district officers, and the Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Fee prescribed by the Office of the Registrar General

Document Name:  Register of Births

Issuing Authority:   Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Registration Criteria:  The parents of the child; any persons present at the birth; any persons  occupying at the time of the birth any part of the house where the child was born and having knowledge of the child having been born in the house; any medical practitioner or midwife in attendance after the birth and having personal knowledge of the birth having occurred and any person having charge of the child are deemed qualified to register the birth of a child with the registrar for the district in which the child was born.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of birth in the register of births kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Register of Births document shows an individual’s date of birth, place of birth, name, gender, parents’ names, parents’ occupations, parents’ dates of birth, parents’ places of birth, parents’ date and place of marriage, previous issues living and deceased, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, place and date of registration notification, and name if added after registration.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:   Register of Death

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper; the official seal and signature of the Registrar General is at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  Any relative of the deceased person present at the time of death or in attendance during his/her last illness;  any other relative of the deceased residing or being in the district where the death occurred; any person present at the death; the occupier of the house if he/she knew of the happening of the death;  an inmate of the house who knew of the happening of the death, or the person causing the disposal of the body are deemed qualified to register the death of a person with the registrar for the district in which death occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:   Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of death in the register of deaths kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:   A Register of Death document includes the registration number, the deceased’s name and occupation, gender, age, date and place of death, duration of illness, cause of death, certification by medical practitioner, parents’ names, date and place of burial, deceased’s place of birth and years spent in Tuvalu, deceased’s marital status, name of spouse, date of marriage, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, and the names and ages of the deceased’s children.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Register of Marriage

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  A registrar, a marriage officer, or religious minister who conducted the marriage ceremony is deemed qualified to register the marriage of the new couple with the registrar for the district in which the marriage occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of the Attorney General. There may be a fee for this service.

Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of marriage in the register of marriage kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Marriage shows the marriage registration number; the groom’s particulars including his name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; bride’s name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; date of marriage, place of marriage, name of person who performed the marriage, and names of witnesses of the marriage.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Certificate of Divorce

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria:  Once the divorce is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, a certificate of divorce is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to each party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

Magistrate’s Court
Vaiaku, Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-837

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available upon request.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Divorce will list the Magistrate’s Court/Island Court where the divorce proceedings were held, the judge’s signature, the names of the parties, and the place and date of marriage.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Adoption Order

Issuing Authority:  Magistrate’s Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria: Once the adoption is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, an Adoption Order is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to the petitioning party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

High Court
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20837

Certified Copies Available:   Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  An Adoption Order will list the name of the court where the adoption proceedings were held, the signature of the judge, the names of the parties, and the place and date of final order.

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Identity Card

Unavailable: Tuvalu does not produce a national identity card.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available

Procedure for Obtaining: See Police Certificates.

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Police Previous Convictions Record

Issuing Authority: The Commissioner of Police, Office of the Prime Minister, Police and Prison , Vaiaku, Funafuti

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official Seal of the Tuvalu Government located at the top left of the form.  The Report Serial Number is located at the top right of the certificate, while the signature and stamp of the Commissioner of Police are located at the bottom left of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria:  If the applicant is a Tuvalu citizen or resident, he/she should apply in person at the Office of the Commissioner of Police.  If the applicant resides outside of Tuvalu, he/she should apply by mail to the Office of the Commissioner of Police and provide a properly completed police form, set of fingerprint cards, and copies of Tuvalu visas/passport, passport-size photo and a letter explaining the need for the police clearance certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: An applicant will need to provide a properly completed application form for a Police Clearance Report  together with a set of fingerprints of both hands on the fingerprint card to:

Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
Tuvalu Police Force
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20726
Fax: (+688) 20149
E-mail: police@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The police certificate will include the report serial number, the applicant’s name, place and date of birth, nationality, place of residence in Tuvalu, email address, telephone and fax number, passport number, passport dates of issuance and expiration, and the reason for convictions report request.

Military Records

Unavailable: Tuvalu has no armed forces.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular (sky blue), Diplomatic Passports (Red); Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity (Black)

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Passport; Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Issuing Government Authority:  Tuvalu Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular passports are valid for five years from the date of issuance, and are sky blue in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the seal and the word “Passport” located at the bottom of the seal.  Diplomatic passports are valid for ten years from the date of issuance and are red in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the Tuvalu seal and the words “Diplomatic Passport” located at the bottom of the Tuvalu seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chief Immigration Officer

Registration Criteria: Any Tuvalu citizen may apply for a passport.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available by contacting:

Office of the Chief Immigration Officer
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-101, 20-100
Fascimile: (+688) 20-820

Alternate Documents: Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Tuvalu regular and diplomatic passports have 48 pages; the Certificates of Identity have 24 pages and the Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity have 12 pages.

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Suva, Fiji (Embassy)

Address:

158 Princes Road
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji

Phone Number:  (+679) 331-4466

Visa Services:  U.S Embassy Suva processes all visa categories for countries in its consular district including Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and the French territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna.

Comments / Additional Information:  Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji provides all visa services for Tuvalu and the following areas:

  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Tonga
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 490-0534 (212) 808-4975

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
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