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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Tuvalu at this time.

Australians should read Travel Smart for useful travel information to help you prepare for your trip, and advice on what you should do if you run into problems overseas.

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 Warning Center website and 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 your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.

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
Suva, Fiji
Telephone: (679) 338 2211
Facsimile: (679) 338 2065
Website: www.fiji.highcommission.gov.au

See the High Commission website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the above mission, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

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.

Foreign Affairs Canada, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the US State Department also issue travel advice for their citizens.

For additional general information to assist travelling in this country, see the DFAT country information.

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