Exercise normal safety precautions in the Marshall Islands. Monitor the media and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.
- Protect yourself against mosquitoes: outbreaks of dengue fever and Zika virus can occur. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before travelling to the Marshall Islands. See Health.
- A number of cases of hepatitis A and mumps have been reported in the Marshall Islands since January 2017. Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and mumps before you travel to the Marshall Islands. See
- Tropical storms and typhoons happen throughout the year, especially June to December. These can cause flooding, landslides and other disruptions to services. See
- Australia doesn't have an Embassy or Consulate in the Marshall Islands but the Australian Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia can provide consular assistance if you need. See
Where to get help.
Entry and exit
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you don't meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
Australians are eligible for a 30-day visitor visa-on-arrival. You can extend this at the Immigration Division for a fee.
Visitors wishing to travel to Kwajalein are required to hold an Entry Authorisation issued by the US Military.
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. For up-to-date visa information for the Marshall Islands, contact:
Division of Immigration
PO Box 890 Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960
Tel: (+692) 625 8633/4572
Fax: (+692) 625 4246
If you're travelling to the Marshall Islands through the United States of America (which includes Honolulu), you'll need to meet US entry/transit requirements. Check with your nearest
US Embassy or Consulate for information well in advance of your travel and read our travel advice for the
United States of America.
Adults travelling to Marshall Islands in the company of a child other than their own should carry a notarised letter from the child's legal guardian granting them permission to accompany the child.
When entering the Marshall Islands with prescription medication, take a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is and how much you will be taking and a copy of the prescription.
Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from when you plan to leave that country. Carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe and dry place.
Be aware of attempts to obtain access to your passport by deception. If you’re forced to hand over your passport, contact the Embassy for advice.
If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible.
The official currency of the Marshall Islands is the US dollar.
Safety and security
The crime rate in the Marshall Islands is low.
However, petty crime, house break-ins, theft and assaults occur. Alcohol plays a role in most crimes, especially assaults. The risk of being involved in an incident increases at night and in isolated locations such as beaches.
- Pay attention to your personal security at all times, especially at night, early in the morning, and in isolated locations.
- Avoid excessive displays of wealth, which could attract the attention of thieves.
Civil unrest and political tension
Civil unrest is uncommon in Marshall Islands. To minimise risks to your safety, avoid any protests or demonstrations.
Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.
Terrorist threat worldwide
The safety standards you might expect of tour operators are not always met, especially for adventure sports such as diving and yachting. Sufficient life jackets and adequate safety equipment may not be provided. Recommended maintenance standards and safety precautions may not be observed. Check operators' credentials and safety equipment beforehand and ensure your travel insurance policy covers your planned activities.
Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road. Driving can be hazardous due to poor maintenance of roads, poor driving standards and a lack of streetlights. The condition of roads can quickly deteriorate after heavy rain.
Road safety and driving
You may drive on an Australian or international driver's licence for 30 days after entering the Marshall Islands. After 30 days, you must get a local licence and have it in your possession when driving.
If you have an accident without being properly licenced, your insurance may be void and liability for the accident could be fully attributed to you, as an unlicensed driver.
The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the
Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in the Marshall Islands.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
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 jail.
Penalties for drug-related offences, including marijuana use, are severe and include long jail terms and heavy fines.
Homosexuality is not illegal in the Marshall Islands, but social and cultural attitudes towards same-sex relationships can be conservative. Open displays of affection between same-sex partners could attract adverse attention and may offend. More information:
LGBTI travellers page
There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in the Marshall Islands. Take care not to offend. Women should wear clothing that covers the knees except in resorts.
Penalties for drug-related offences, including marijuana use, are severe and include long jail terms and heavy fines.
Carrying or using drugs
Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:
- bribery of foreign public officials
- child pornography
- child sex tourism
- female genital mutilation
- forced marriage
- money laundering
Staying within the law
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.
Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars upfront.
- What circumstances and activities are and aren't covered under your policy
- That you're covered for the whole time you will be away.
Physical and mental health
Consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
- At least eight weeks before you depart, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
- Get vaccinated before you travel.
If you need counselling services while overseas, contact the Australian Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 and ask to speak to a Lifeline telephone counsellor.
Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
Take prescription medicine with you so you remain in good health. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you'll take and that it's for personal use only.
Before you leave Australia:
- Check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to
- Get medical documents
authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before you depart (if required).
Outbreaks of dengue fever and Zika virus occur, including serious outbreaks from time to time. If you're pregnant, discuss any travel plans with your doctor and defer non-essential travel to affected areas. Monitor local media for health announcements.
Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses by:
- Ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof
- Taking measures to avoid insect bites, including using always using insect repellent and wearing long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing.
A number of cases of hepatitis-A has been reported since January 2017. Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause severe illness. It is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or through contact with an infectious person or their body fluids. A vaccine is available for hepatitis A that provides near universal protection after four weeks.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds after going to the toilet, before eating, before preparing food or drink and after handling objects such as nappies and condoms. Then dry your hands with a clean towel.
- Boil all drinking water or drink bottled water.
- Avoid ice cubes.
- Avoid uncooked and undercooked food.
- Use condoms or other effective barrier protection if you have sex or other intimate relations.
- Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A at least four weeks before you travel to the Marshall Islands.
Seek urgent medical attention if you suspect poisoning, if you have a fever or suffer from diarrhoea.
The above measures minimise the risk of contracting Hepatitis A, and will also minimise your risk of getting food poisoning or other types of food-borne and water-borne diseases.
Outbreaks of mumps in the Marshall Islands have been reported in 2017.
Protect yourself against mumps by:
- Seeking medical advice
- Getting preventative MMR vaccine (2 doses).
Hospital and medical facilities in the Marshall Islands are limited and evacuation may be required in cases of serious illness or accident. Medical evacuation using commercial airlines may be delayed due to infrequent flights. Costs are considerable (in the tens of thousands of dollars).
Basic supplies and medicines are limited. Bring sufficient medication for your entire visit. Hospitals and doctors may require up-front payment for medical services.
The Marshall Islands experiences tropical storms and typhoons, which can cause flooding, landslides and other disruptions to services. The direction and strength of typhoons can change with little warning.
Typhoons are more likely between July and November and typically peak in August/September, but typhoons can occur throughout the year.
If you're travelling during typhoon season:
- know your hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans
- carry your travel documents at all times or secure them in a safe, waterproof location
- contact your tour operator to check whether tourist services at your planned destination have been affected.
If there is a typhoon or one is approaching:
Flights in and out of typhoon-affected areas could be delayed or suspended. Available flights may fill quickly. Contact your airline for the latest flight information. A typhoon could also affect access to sea ports in the region.
In some areas, adequate shelter from a severe typhoon may not be available to all who choose to stay.
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. The Marshall Islands is in the Pacific Ocean.
Where to get help
Depending on what you need, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer, or airline.
Emergency phone numbers
- Criminal issues, contact police: (+671) 475 8498
Tourism services and products
For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.
Read the Consular services charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in the Marshall Islands. Australians (and Canadians) can obtain consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia:
Australian Embassy, Pohnpei
H & E Enterprises Building
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone (+691) 320 5448
Facsimile (+691) 320 5449
Australia in Micronesia
Check the Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
If you’re unable to contact the above mission in a consular emergency contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.