Marshall Islands Basics

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The Basics


Time: UTC +12

Electricity: 120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are mainly the type with two flat pins, though three-pin plugs are also widely used. European appliances without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter.

Money: The country uses the United States dollar as its currency. ATM's are available at Majuro and Kwaj, but it is best to take US dollars, as many places don't have ATMs or don't accept credit cards.

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

Language: The two official languages are Marshallese, which is a member of the Malayo-Polynesian languages, and English.

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. No visa is required.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. A visa is required for stays longer than 90 days within a 180 day period.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. A visa is required but can be issued on arrival, valid for up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. A visa is required and can be issued on arrival. It's valid for up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. A visa is required but can be issued on arrival. It's valid for up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. A visa is required but can be issued on arrival, and it's valid for up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their arrival in the Marshall Islands. No visa is required for stays up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

Passport/Visa Note: All foreign passengers to the Marshall Islands must hold return/onward tickets, the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country. Note that to enter Kwajalein, passengers must hold an Entry Authorisation issued by the US Military. To enter Ebeye, passengers must hold an Entry Permit for Ebeye, which can be obtained upon arrival in Kwajalein (KWA). NOTE: It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months' validity remaining after the intended date of departure from the travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria and rabies vaccinations are advised for travellers. Travellers' diarrhea is the most common travel-related ailment. The cornerstone of prevention is food and water precautions, including not eating street food and not drinking tap water. Cases of dengue fever, a flu-like illness sometimes complicated by haemorrhage or shock, have been seen almost exclusively in the capital, Majuro. Insect repellents and precautions are the best way to avoid such diseases.

Tipping: Tipping is not customary in the Marshall Islands, but a 10 percent tip for good service is welcomed.

Local Customs: In the Marshall Islands, respect for one's elders and deference to their authority are considered to be very important codes of social behaviour. Locals are conditioned not to walk in front or upwind of their seniors, nor to elevate their heads above them. Visitors to the Marshall Islands should ensure that they dress modestly, and behave less brashly than (perhaps) they are used to doing in their countries of origin. To avoid causing a stir, foreigners should check with the tourism office before visiting remote beaches or outlying areas, as the locals might not appreciate the presence of tourists in these areas.

Duty Free: Travellers to the Marshall Islands may import the following goods tax-free: 300 cigarettes, 75 cigars, or 225g of tobacco. Visitors over 21 may bring two litres liquor. Prohibited imports include guns and ammunition, drugs and pornographic materials.