Visiting the RMI

 

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Iokwe and welcome to the Marshall Islands. Thank you for your interest in what the Marshall Islands has to offer visitors. This is a nation of emerald-green atolls and islands which form two vast parallel chains scattered over 750,000 square miles of the tranquil Central Pacific. We call these two chains the Ratak (sunrise chain) and Ralik (sunset chain) and together, they encompass 29 atolls and 5 individual islands totaling abut 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems.

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As you can imagine, there is much to enjoy here, both on our beautiful islands and out on our bountiful seas. Among other attractions, our islands offer breathtaking marine environments, with over 800 species of fish and 160 species of coral, ample diving and snorkeling opportunities, serene outer islands, abundant big game, bottom, and fly fishing conditions, and a multitude of World War II wrecks and sites unparalleled anywhere in the Pacific. Wherever your visit may take you, be assured that your experience will be rich and memorable.

Kommol tata and thank you.

General Information:

Location: Between 4 and 19 North latitude, and 160 and 175 East longitude

Capital: Majuro Island, Majuro Atoll

Land Area: 70 square miles (171 square kilometers)

Political Status: Self-governing democracy in free association with the U.S.

Official Language: Marshallese and English

Currency: U.S. dollar

Population: Approximately 60,000

Time Zone: GMT +12.

Airlines

Continental Airlines services Majuro and Kwajalein to and from Honolulu and Guam. Air Nauru services Majuro to and from Brisbane, Australia and Nadi, Fiji. Air Marshall Islands  (http://www.airmarshallislands.com/) services domestic routes, including weekly service to Tarawa, Kiribati.

Distances and Flying Times

New York 7,100 miles (11,400 km) 14 hours

Los Angeles 4,800 miles (7,700 km) 9-10 hours

Guam 1,500 miles (2,400 km) 8 hours

Tokyo 3,000 miles (4,800 km) 11 hours

Honolulu 2,300 miles (3,700 km) 4.5 hours

Banking: Bank of the Marshall Islands has branches on Majuro and Ebeye. Bank of Guam has a branch on Majuro. Bank of Guam has one ATM located on Majuro.

Medical Facilities: Majuro has one private clinic and one public hospital. Ebeye has one public hospital. Most outer islands have medical dispensaries.

Health Issues

Insect-borne diseases: Sandflies and mosquitoes transmit diseases, so personal protective measures are important when insects are encountered. Food- and water-borne diseases: Other diseases, including hepatitis A, are transmitted by unsanitary food handling procedures and contaminated water. Bacteria that cause stomach upset and traveler's diarrhea are common. Food and beverage precautions are important in order to avoid illness.

Restaurants

A wide variety of restaurants are available on Majuro.

Telecommunications

Satellite, telex, telephone, cable, facsimile and electronic mail are available. Communications with outer islands is by radio.

Telephone Dialing

When dialing direct from the U.S., dial 011 (international access code) + 692 (country code) + local number.

Electricity

Current is 110V, 60-cycles. U.S.-style plugs are used.

Postal Services

The Marshalls uses the U.S. Postal Service and has two post offices on Majuro and Ebeye.

Media

One weekly newspaper (the Marshall Islands Journal), two AM radio stations (one public and one private), two FM radio stations, and one television station.

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express accepted by most major businesses.

Foreign Embassies

The US, the Republic of China, and Japan each have an Embassy on Majuro.

Dress/Attire

Dress is island style (casual). Cool, loose-fitting clothes accepted in most places. Sunscreen recommended. Swimsuits, short shorts/skirts should not be worn in urban areas.

Tipping

Tipping is optional.

Visitor Requirements

Visas are not required for United States, United Kingdom, members of the European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and Pacific Islands Forum countries including Australia and New Zealand citizens. Citizens of all other countries will need to obtain an entry visa before traveling to the Marshall Islands.  All other visitors must also currently pay $25 for a 3 month tourist visa and $50.00 for a business visa.  All visitors must hold a valid passport. For stays up to 30 days (extendible for up to 90 days from date of entry), all visitors must possess sufficient funds for stay and possess an onward air or sea ticket or sufficient funds for such ticket. A departure fee of $20 U.S. (those over age 60 exempt) is required. Vaccines Cholera immunizations are required for those arriving from infected areas. HIV testing is required for temporary visitors staying more than 30 days and applicants for residence and work permits. Foreign test results are accepted under certain conditions. Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, typhoid, or hepatitis B. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed. Malaria does not present risk.

To obtain an entry visa prior to your visit, you must contact the Office of the Attorney General, PO Box 890, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960. 

Tel: (692) 625-3244/8245 Fax: (692) 625-5218 Email: agoffice@ntamar.net

For more information contact: Marshall Islands Visitors Authority (MIVA) P.O. Box 5 Majuro, MH 96960 Phone: (692) 625-6482 Fax: (692) 625-6771

Internet: www.visitmarshallislands.com

Email: tourism@ntamar.net

 


 

 

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