General travel information

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

Australians should read Travel Smart for useful travel information to help prepare for your trip, and advice on what to 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.

Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever occur in Kiribati and it is strongly recommended you take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes, including using insect repellent, wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and ensure your accommodation is mosquito proof. For further information on dengue fever see the World Health Organization's factsheet.

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.

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. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian High Commission in Tarawa for consular assistance. See contact details below:

Australian High Commission, Tarawa

Bairiki, Tarawa
Telephone +686 21 184
Facsimile +686 21 904

See the Embassy 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 Kiribati, 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 online. 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 the Kiribati is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our email 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 information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links:

While every care has been taken in preparing this information, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees, including any member of Australia's diplomatic and consular staff abroad, can accept liability for any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.