Exercise normal precautions in Micronesia..
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Micronesia:
See the Department of State's Fact Sheet on The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) for additional information on U.S. – FSM relations.
You will need a U.S. passport valid for at least 180 days from the time of entry, a completed FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record (FSM Form 5004), and a completed FSM Customs Form in order to enter the FSM. Your air carrier will distribute the FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and Customs Form before you arrive into the FSM. U.S. citizens may enter the FSM to live, work, or study indefinitely without visas or non-citizen registration requirements. There is no limit to the length of time U.S. citizens can remain in the FSM.
All four states have a 20 USD departure fee that you must pay when you leave each island. Please make sure you have cash available, as credit cards are not accepted and ATM machines are not available at any of the airports. Visit the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia website for the most current information.
Travel on commercial aircraft between states of the FSM is considered to be international travel and as such, non-citizens are required to comply with passport requirements upon arrival in to any state of the FSM from a commercial aircraft regardless of the point of boarding.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to the FSM.
Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
Crime: Most crime in the FSM is petty theft motivated by opportunity and impulse. However, crime rates are significantly higher in Chuuk than in the other states, and have recently included assaults on U.S. citizens. Sexual assaults occur, but your risk can be reduced if you take security precautions. Do not attempt to intervene in disputes between local citizens. Local police are less responsive to victim concerns compared to norms in the United States, particularly in cases involving burglaries. Local police may not possess the resources to prosecute crimes.
To remain safe:
Unexploded ordnance from World War II remains in some areas. It is dangerous, as well as illegal, to remove “souvenirs” from sunken WWII vessels and aircraft.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 320-2221 for Pohnpei and 911 on all other islands. The numbers for fire assistance are 330-2222 (Chuuk), 370-3333 (Kosrae), 320-2223 (Pohnpei), and 350-3333 (Yap). Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The capacity of local police and fire departments throughout the FSM is extremely limited. There is often a significant delay for police and firefighters to respond to calls, and they may not be able to respond at all. Often, no one picks up when dialing emergency numbers, especially after normal business hours.
The capacity to investigate crimes is extremely limited and victims may wait months for an arrest, if ever. The justice system of the FSM is extremely slow and customary legal standards may not be applied. Court-appointed attorneys, as well as judges presiding over cases, may not have legal training comparable to that found in the United States.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Public drunkeness is a felony in Yap. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs, including marijuana, in the FSM are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBT Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBT events in the FSM, however Micronesian society is still very conservative and the LGBT community remains very discreet in general.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility and accommodation is vastly different from what you find in the United States. Neither laws nor regulations mandate accessibility to public facilities, services, or accomodations for persons with disabilities. There are few sidewalks in the FSM. There is no public transportation. Taxis are run by independent operators that make no provision for people with disabilities. The national Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities; however, action is rarely taken to enforce these measures.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
FSM customs authorities charge import taxes on cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, gasoline, and other personal items that exceed the amounts allowed. All imports can be physically inspected by customs officials. Strict quarantine regulations restrict entry of plant and animal products. You should contact the Embassy of the FSM in Washington, D.C., or one of the FSM consulates in Honolulu or Guam for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Health care facilities in the FSM consist of state-run hospitals on each of the four major islands and a few scattered clinics. These facilities lack advanced supplies and medicines, and the quality of health care is low. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medical evacuation assistance for non-ambulatory patients will take a minimum of 12 hours to arrive and can be expensive. There are no daily commercial flights, and flights often sell out, so finding last-minute seats is difficult. Scuba divers should note that although there are decompression chambers in Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei, they are generally not in working order, and local staff may not have adequate experience in treating diving injuries.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Micronesia to ensure the medication is legal in Micronesia. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevelant:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website.
For further health information, go to:
Road Conditions and Safety: The information below concerning the FSM may not be accurate in all locations and circumstances. Most roads in the FSM are in very poor condition; they are narrow and without sidewalks. All roads are used simultaneously by pedestrians, children playing, animals, and vehicles. Road conditions can worsen significantly after heavy rains, which occur frequently. There are very few street lights, so road visibility is difficult at night, and pedestrians may dress in dark clothing, making them especially hard to see. Roads outside of towns are mostly unpaved. Travel by bicycle is hampered by the lack of shoulders on the roads and the presence of many dogs on the island.
There is no formal training in road safety or driving, so many drivers are unaware of road safety rules. Drivers often make sudden turns or stop without warning to chat with or pick up pedestrians. When traffic accidents happen, they often result in fatalities or serious injuries.
Motorcyclists are required by law to wear helmets, though this is rarely enforced.
Traffic Laws: Speed limits throughout the FSM are very low: 20-25 miles per hour (mph) in most places and 15 mph in school zones when children are present. It is not uncommon for drivers to drive at 5 to 10 mph, even when there is no traffic. Drivers may stop in the roadway without warning to talk to someone on the side of the road.
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road, as in the United States. However, the majority of vehicles in FSM are right-hand drive vehicles imported from Japan. Drivers in these vehicles do not have an optimal field of vision, which can interfere with driving maneuvers and drivers’ ability to establish visual contact with other road users.
If you intend to reside in the FSM, you should acquire a local driver’s license with the State Police. In most cases, the police will issue a local license to anyone who presents a U.S. driver’s license. If you will be in the FSM temporarily, a U.S. driver’s license is sufficient to rent a car and drive for the duration of your visit.
Public Transportation: Taxis are available in state capitals, but you should always be careful since many taxi drivers are reckless.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Micronesia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of the FSM’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
United Airlines is the primary commercial carrier connecting the FSM to the United States. Flight schedules and routes are limited and subject to change. There are only two alternative air carriers operating out of FSM: Nauru Airlines originating from the South Pacific countries of Fiji and Nauru; and Air Niugini coming from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Micronesia 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”).
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Amended Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the United States allows citizens of the FSM to travel, live, work and study in the United States with no visa requirements. However, if an FSM citizen has been deported based on a felony conviction, they lose those rights and must appeal to DHS for consideration of a waiver. U.S. citizens, likewise, are free to travel to the FSM without visas.
Title One, Section 126 of the Compact provides that U.S. embassies will provide services for FSM citizens in countries where the FSM has no official representation “on the same basis as for citizens of the United States.” In such cases, Post should refer information concerning the case to Embassy Kolonia at KoloniaACS@state.gov for forwarding to the FSM government.
No visas are required for entry into the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), although visitors should have valid passports and a round-trip ticket.
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The FSM is defended by the U.S. under Title III of the Compact of Free Association, and has no military of its own. FSM citizens are eligible to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces under the terms of the Compact of Free Association. Records would be available from the appropriate branch of the U.S. military.
The Federated States of Micronesia is a Freely Associated State (FAS), under the Compact of Free Association with the United States, which took effect on November 3, 1986. The FSM previously was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), a UN Trusteeship administered by the United States.
Citizens of the FSM are not U.S. citizens or nationals, but they have unrestricted access to the U.S. to live, work, study and assume “habitual residence” with no visa requirement. Alien spouses or children do not share this privilege. FSM citizens in the United States must always be in possession of a valid FSM passport.
An FSM citizen can become a legal permanent resident, and thereby qualify for U.S. citizenship, only through meeting current Immigration and Nationality Act requirements.
All of the Federated States of Micronesia, including Yap, Truk, Pohnpei (previously Ponape and Kosrae (Variant Kusaie) States. IV applications for FSM citizens and aliens resident in the Federated States of Micronesia are processed by the American Embassy at Manila, Philippines.