Call 625 8666 or 625 2333.
We now advise:
Exercise normal safety precautions in the Marshall Islands.
We now advise:
Exercise normal safety precautions in the Marshall Islands.
Full travel advice: Safety
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Full travel advice: Local laws
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The crime rate in Marshall Islands is low.
Petty crime such as house break-ins, theft and assaults occur. Alcohol plays a role in most crimes, especially assaults.
Your risk of being affected by crime increases:
Pay attention to your personal security.
Security section. If it does not exist as a heading you’ll need to create it, if it’s not a high risk it should be at the end of the ‘Crime’ section.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Civil unrest is uncommon in Marshall Islands.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Avoid protests and demonstrations.
Monitor the news and other sources for advice of possible unrest. Avoid affected areas.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This applies to adventure sports, such as diving and yachting.
If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
The low-lying islands and atolls are less than 2m above sea level. Urban centres are susceptible to flooding from waves and king tides.
The direction and strength of typhoons can change suddenly.
Typhoon season is from July to November, with peaks in August and September. However, typhoons can occur at any time.
To reduce your risks during typhoon season:
If the area is affected by a typhoon:
Contact your airline for flight updates.
To protect yourself during a typhoon:
All oceanic regions of the world can experience tsunamis. However, the Pacific Ocean has a higher risk of large, destructive tsunamis.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in the Marshall Islands. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
Due to measles outbreaks in several regions, the Marshall Islands currently requires all children under 5 years of age to have their vaccinations for MMR (Measles and Rubella) up-to-date. This includes immunization for infants aged between 6 months and 11 months. Proof of vaccination must be presented on arrival or entry will be refused. Ensure your vaccinations are up to date.
If you're pregnant:
To protect yourself from disease:
Cases of hepatitis A have occurred. It's a viral liver disease that can cause serious illness.
You can catch hepatitis A by:
Get vaccinated against hepatitis A at least 4 weeks before you go.
If you're not vaccinated, handwashing is important to prevent hepatitis A. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds:
Dry your hands on a clean towel.
STIs are common in Marshall Islands. Take safety precautions.
Hepatitis B is endemic in Marshall Islands. You should seek medical advice on vaccination if your lifestyle places you at risk of infection.
Get vaccinated against mumps with the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine (2 doses) before you go.
Foodborne, waterborne and other infectious diseases are a risk.
To reduce your risk of illness:
Get urgent medical attention if you have a fever or diarrhoea or if you suspect food poisoning.
The availability of medicines and medical supplies is currently disrupted due to the suspension of regular air cargo into the Marshall Islands. Ensure you bring a full supply of any medications and medical supplies for the duration of your stay. Hospital facilities and medical supplies are limited.
You may need to pay up-front for medical services.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug-related offences, including marijuana use, are severe. You could get a long jail term or heavy fine.
Same-sex relationships are legal, but cultural attitudes can be conservative. Avoid public displays of affection.
Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative. Take care not to offend.
If you're a woman, wear clothing to covers your knees and shoulders outside of resorts.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
The Republic of Marshall Islands recognises dual nationals.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You'll get a 30-day visitor visa on arrival if you can provide evidence of an outbound ticket. You can apply and pay to extend your visa at the Division of Immigration.
In other situations, you'll need an entry permit to:
Rules affecting your visit can change at short notice.
If you want to travel to Kwajalein, you must have an Entry Authorisation from the US Military.
Fines and deportation may apply to those who arrive without evidence of a return ticket.
Entry and exit conditions can change. Contact the Division of Immigration for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Check with your airline or tour operator to confirm you meet all entry requirements.
For further information, see the RMI Ministry of Health and Human Services Facebook page.
If you're travelling through the US, you must meet US entry or transit requirements. This includes transit via Honolulu or Guam. Check with your nearest US embassy or consulate.
Travel via China, Hong Kong or Macau
If you're flying from or transiting China, Hong Kong or Macau, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or RAT) test taken within 48 hours of your scheduled departure.
Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. You may receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the US Dollar (USD).
You can drive for up to 30 days with either:
After 30 days, you must get a local licence.
You must carry your licence when you drive.
If you don't have a licence, your insurance may not cover you.
Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Driving can be hazardous due to:
Road conditions can deteriorate after heavy rain.
DFAT doesn’t provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check the Marshall Islands' air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 625 8666 or 625 2333.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.
You can get consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in the Marshall Islands.
Office Suite 1, 4th Floor, NAPA Building
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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