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Marshall Islands Country Guide

  1. CountryFacts
  2. Health
  3. Media
  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
  5. Embassies & Visas
  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Asia & Oceania
Full Name: Republic of the Marshall Islands
Capital City: Majuro
Language Spoken: Marshallese 98.2%, other languages 1.8% (1999 census) note: English widely spoken as a second language; both Marshallese and English are official languages

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Geographic data

9 00 N, 168 00 E

Elevation Extremes

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: unnamed location on Likiep 10 m

Land boundaries

0 km

Natural hazards

infrequent typhoons

Natural resources

coconut products, marine products, deep seabed minerals

Land use

arable land: 11.11% permanent crops: 44.44% other: 44.45% (2005)

Environmental current issues

inadequate supplies of potable water; pollution of Majuro lagoon from household waste and discharges from fishing vessels

Climate

Tropical, with cooling sea breezes and frequent rain. Trade winds blow steadily from the northeast from December through to March. Wettest months are usually October to November. The average temperature is 27°C (80°F). Required clothing Lightweight cottons and linens with rainwear.

Time difference

time difference: UTC+12

Population

60,422 (July 2006 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 38.1% (male 11,720/female 11,295) 15-64 years: 59.2% (male 18,305/female 17,445) 65 years and over: 2.7% (male 801/female 856) (2006 est.)

Median age

total: 20.3 years male: 20.4 years female: 20.3 years (2006 est.)

Population growth rate

2.25% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

33.05 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate

4.78 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate

-5.78 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.94 male(s)/female total population: 1.04 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 70.31 years male: 68.33 years female: 72.39 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

3.85 children born/woman (2006 est.)

Business Practices

Business practices are similar to those of Europe and America, however informal dress is usual for both business and social occasions.

Crime

The country's crime rate is relatively low, but rapidly increasing due to rapid population growth. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing do occur. The most common crimes include break-ins and burglaries from homes, hotel rooms, and vehicles. Visitors should practice commonsense precautions such as carrying a limited amount of cash and locking all valuables in a safe. The police force is poorly trained, poorly equipped, and lack incentive and proper transportation to respond to crime scenes.

Hotels

There are currently about 130 hotels in Majuro and some islands have guesthouses. Hotels exist in Majuro and on Ebeye, the country's second most populous island. Water shortages are common.

Communications

Telephone IDD service is available. The country code is 692. There are international satellite links. In Majuro dial 625 3399 or 625 3355 for the hospital; 625 3183 for the fire services; 625 3666 for police; and 411 for general information. Outgoing international calls must be made through the operator. 24-hour telex and telegram facilities are available in Majuro, near the High School in Rita, and in Ebeye. Opening hours: 0800-1200 and 1300-1700 Monday to Friday.

Electricity

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Food And Dining

There are several restaurants in Majuro, serving Chinese, Marshallese, US and Western specialties. Consumption of alcohol is forbidden on some of the islands.
Tipping:
Unnecessary.
Nightlife
There are several nightclubs on Majuro and Ebeye and some hotels offer traditional dancing.

Entry departure requirements

Visa immigration information

Passports

Passports valid for at least one year from date of arrival required by all.

Visas

Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of the USA;
(b) nationals of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

Note

Tourist visas are issued on arrival. It may be necessary to obtain a transit visa for the USA first, as flights to the Marshall Islands are via Guam or Hawaii. Contact an airline such as Air Marshall Islands or Continental Micronesia for further information. All visitors require proof of adequate funds and return or onward tickets.

Types of visa and cost

Tourist: Free (up to 30 days); US$25 (up to 90 days). Business: US$50.

Validity

30 days; extensions for up to 90 days are available upon arrival in the Marshall Islands.

Application to

For stays exceeding 30 days, apply to: Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, PO Box 890, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 (tel: 635 8495; fax: 625 5218).

Application requirements

(a) Valid passport. (b) Completed incoming passenger card (available on board ship/aircraft). (c) Return or onward ticket. (d) Sufficient funds to cover stay. (e) For those intending to stay for more than 30 days, an AIDS certificate is required. Contact the Chief of Immigration for latest information.

Working days required

Applications are dealt with on receipt.

Temporary residence

Apply to Attorney General (address above).

HIV entry requirements

Test required for anyone applying for work or residency permits

Departure tax

US$20 on international flights.

Embassies

Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the USA

2433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 234 5414.
Website: www.rmiembassyus.org
Most visits to the Marshall Islands are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tel: (0845) 850 2829.
Website: www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State

Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

Currency

Money For details of currency, credit & debit cards, traveller?s cheques, exchange rate indicators and banking hours, see Pacific Islands of Micronesia section.

Currency restrictions

There are no limits on the import and export of local and foreign currency, subject to declaration of amounts exceeding US$5000.

Banking hours

Mon-Thur 1000-1500; Fri 1000-1800; Sat 0900-1200.

Currency exchange

Credit cards

Most major credit cards are accepted at major visitor-orientated businesses.

Travellers cheques

Exchanged at the larger hotels and businesses.

City/RegionCity/Area codeFollowed by
Ebeye Island, Kwajelien Atoll(1+)329+ 4 digits
Majuro Island, Majuro Atoll(1+)528+ 4 digits
  1. Health Information
  2. Recent Disease Outbreak
  3. Hospital Database

Dental care

Avoid dental treatment as the standards of care and hygiene cannot be guaranteed.

Medication Availability

Medication in short supply and even when available is often out of date or heat damaged.

Blood supplies

Blood supplies should be considered as unsafe in Marshall Islands

Medical facilities

Health facilities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands are adequate for routine medical problems, but they are available only on Majuro and Ebeye. Majuro has a private clinic and a public hospital. Ebeye has a public hospital. Most outer islands have medical dispensaries.

General caution

Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary. Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water. Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood, rare meat or dairy products. Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination. Avoid roadside stands and street vendors. Swim only in well-maintained, chlorinated pools or ocean water known to be free from pollution. Wear clothing which reduces exposed skin and apply repellents containing DEET to remaining areas. Sleep in well-screened accommodations. Carry anti-diarrheal medication. Reduce problems related to sun exposure by using sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen lotions and lip protection.

Specific concerns

Hazards to bathers include corals and jellyfish, poisonous fish, and sea snakes.

Immunization

Disease risk summary

Insect-borne illness: Dengue fever - occurs Dengue hemorrhagic fever - occurs Filariasis - prevalent Food-borne and water-borne illness: diseases such as the diarrheal diseases, the typhoid fevers and helminthic infections are common. Hepatitis occurs. Biointoxication may occur from raw or cooked fish and shellfish. Other hazards: Diseases such as measles and diphtheria are commonly reported. Influenza risk extends throughout the year.

Entry requirements

AIDS: According to the Department of State, 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. Contact the Marshall Islands' embassy for details.

Recent disease outbreaks

No recent disease outbreaks

NameAddress
Kwajalein Hospital - KRSOcean Road P.O. Box 1607 APO AP Kwajalein Atoll

Media

Press: The English/Marshallese-language newspaper is the weekly Marshall Islands Journal and the monthly Marshal Islands Gazette.

 

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