Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency as a result of Cyclone Pam’s impact on Tuvalu’s outer islands. The Outer Islands experienced the uprooting of trees, erosion, and damage to structures including hospitals, houses and seawalls. Due to surge flooding in all eight Outer Islands, water supplies have been contaminated. Funafuti is reported to be less affected than the Outer Islands.
General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Tuvalu at this time.
Australians are advised to read the General advice to Australian travellers which provides general information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry and exit requirements, health issues, travel and health insurance and consular assistance and registration.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
All oceanic regions of the world can experience tsunamis, but in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there is a more frequent occurrence of large, destructive tsunamis because of the many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches. See the Tsunami Awareness brochure.
Cyclone season is between November to April when flooding, landslides and disruptions to services can occur. However, tropical storms and cyclones may occur in other months. The direction and strength of tropical cyclones can change with little warning. Australians should monitor the storm information available from the World Meteorological Organisation Severe Weather Information Centre, the USA National Weather Service Forecast Office (American Samoa), the Humanitarian Early Warning Service, the Fiji Meteorological Service and the Samoa Meteorology Division.
If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.
Where to get help
Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurance provider in the first instance.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an Embassy of consulate in Tuvalu. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian Hign Commission in Fiji. See contact details below:
Australian High Commission, Suva
37 Princes Road
Telephone: (679) 338 2211
Facsimile: (679) 338 2065
See the High Commission website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Tuvalu, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or on-line. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Tuvalu is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our e-mail subscription service.
For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the DFAT country information webpage.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.