Kiribati Basics

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The Basics


Time: Kiribati covers three time zones: GMT +12 to GMT +14, depending on the island.

Electricity: Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin power outlets are standard.

Money: Electrical current is 240 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin power outlets are standard.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: The official language is I-Kiribati, but English is widely understood.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for stays of a maximum of up to 120 days within a calendar year.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for holders of British passports endorsed British Citizen or British National (Overseas) for a maximum of 120 days within a calendar year. Nationals with other endorsements in their passports should confirm requirements prior to travel.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for stays of a maximum of up to 120 days within a calendar year.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for stays of a maximum of up to 120 days within a calendar year.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is required.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for stays of a maximum of up to 120 days within a calendar year.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond arrival in Kiribati. A visa is not required for stays of a maximum of up to 120 days within a calendar year.

Passport/Visa Note: All foreign passengers to Kiribati must hold proof of return/onward tickets (or sufficient funds to purchase them), and proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country. Generally, visa-exempt visitors are granted an initial stay of 30 days. An extension of stay is possible, provided that it does not exceed four months in any calendar year. Note that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Kiribati, if arriving within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Kiribati offers limited health facilities and any serious injury or illness is likely to require evacuation by air. Comprehensive health and travel insurance is therefore recommended. A Yellow Fever vaccination is required for those arriving from infected areas, and vaccinations are also recommended for Typhoid, hepatitis A and hepatitis B.

Local Customs: Travellers to Kiribati will encounter a strange mix of informality and rigidity in terms of social mores and customs. Generally, Kiribati boasts a relatively classless society, where people are known by their first names, and talk freely and good-humouredly with one another. However, despite this general conviviality, there are certain codes of behaviour that are strictly observed. In all aspects of social life, modesty and humility are considered desirable traits - direct eye contact is not often made, women are expected to dress conservatively, and aggressive or confrontational behaviour is heavily frowned upon. Travellers to Kiribati should note that the top of one's head is considered a sacred, deeply personal area. Under no circumstances should you touch someone on the top of their head (unless invited to do so), and if you are walking past someone who is lying down, give them a wide berth to ensure that you don't cause offence.

Duty Free: Visitors to Kiribati may import the following goods duty-free: 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobocco and an mount of perfume reasonable for personal use. Those 21 and older may bring one litre of spirits and one litre of wine.