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Tuvalu Country Guide

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Quick Facts

Region: Asia & Oceania
Full Name: Tuvalu
Capital City: Funafuti
Language Spoken: Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati (on the island of Nui)

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Geographic data

8 00 S, 178 00 E

Elevation Extremes

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: unnamed location 5 m

Land boundaries

0 km

Natural hazards

severe tropical storms are usually rare, but, in 1997, there were three cyclones; low level of islands make them sensitive to changes in sea level

Natural resources


Land use

arable land: 0% permanent crops: 66.67% other: 33.33% (2005)

Environmental current issues

since there are no streams or rivers and groundwater is not potable, most water needs must be met by catchment systems with storage facilities (the Japanese Government has built one desalination plant and plans to build one other); beachhead erosion because of the use of sand for building materials; excessive clearance of forest undergrowth for use as fuel; damage to coral reefs from the spread of the Crown of Thorns starfish; Tuvalu is concerned about global increases in greenhouse gas emissions and their effect on rising sea levels, which threaten the country's underground water table; in 2000, the government appealed to Australia and New Zealand to take in Tuvaluans if rising sea levels should make evacuation necessary


Time difference

time difference: UTC+12 note: administrative offices are located in Vaiaku Village on Fongafale Islet


11,810 (July 2006 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 30.2% (male 1,819/female 1,752) 15-64 years: 64.7% (male 3,715/female 3,923) 65 years and over: 5.1% (male 228/female 373) (2006 est.)

Median age

total: 24.6 years male: 23.6 years female: 26 years (2006 est.)

Population growth rate

1.51% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

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

Death rate

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

Net migration rate

0 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: 0.95 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.61 male(s)/female total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 68.32 years male: 66.08 years female: 70.66 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

2.98 children born/woman (2006 est.)

Business Practices

Business meeting in Tuvalu is somewhat formal by South Pacific standards, perhaps due to the strong influence of the Congregationalists Protestant church. Office hours are 0730-1615 Monday to Thursday and 0730-1245 Friday


Some petty crime and domestic violence occurs in Tuvalu, but even this is rare and unlikely to affect visitors.


There is only one in Tuvalu hotel, the government-owned Vaiaku Lagi Hotel, which overlooks the Funafuti lagoon. The 17 rooms all have lagoon views and private shower. All-inclusive packages are available. Four guesthouses and lodges (Fisherman's Lodge, Hideaway GuestHouse, Su's Place GuestHouse and Filamona Lodge) provide simple accommodation with meals.


Telephone IDD service is available for incoming calls. Country code: 688. Tuvalu has recently acquired satellite communications technology and international phone calls can be made from most of the islands. Fax services are available at the Telecommunication Center in Funafuti and in hotels.


is 240 volts AC, 60Hz in Funafuti only. (Outlying areas do not generally have electricity or are served by local generators.) Electricity

Plug Types

Food And Dining

Entry departure requirements

Visa immigration information

HIV entry requirements

No Test Required

Departure tax


Funafuti British High Commission staff are resident at Suva.

British High Commission

Victoria House

47 Gladstone Road

PO Box 1355



Telephone: (679) 3229100 (switchboard)

Facsimile: (679) 322 9132

Email: Consular Section Visa Section Passport Section Projects Section Education Section Management Section Trade & Investment Section Pacific British Chamber of Commerce Public Diplomacy Section

Office Hours: GMT:

Sun-Wed: 2000-1240 / 0100-0400

Thurs: 2000-0100

Local Time:

Mon-Thurs: 0800-1240 / 1300-1600

Fri: 0800-1300

Tuvaluan Honorary Consulate in London

Tuvaluan Honorary Consulate, Tuvalu House, 230 Worple Road, London SW20 8RH



Currency restrictions


Banking hours


Currency exchange


Credit cards


Travellers cheques

City/RegionCity/Area codeFollowed by
Funafuti22+ 3 digits
Nanumaga34+ 3 digits
Nanumea27+ 3 digits
Niulakita25+ 3 digits
Niutao29+ 3 digits
Nui24+ 3 digits
Nukufetau37+ 3 digits
Nukulaelae35+ 3 digits
Vaitupu32+ 3 digits
  1. Health Information
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  3. Hospital Database

Dental care

There is little or no dental care available in Tuvalu

Medication Availability

Medication on the islands is in short supply and even when available the quality cannot be guaranteed. The only pharmacy in the capital - Funafuti is at the hospital there.

Blood supplies

Blood supplies should be considered as unsafe

Medical facilities

Limited medical and dental clinics are available in the capital, Funafuti.

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

AIDS occurs. Blood supply may not be adequately screened and/or single-use, disposable needles and syringes may be unavailable. When possible, travelers should defer medical treatment until reaching a facility where safety can be assured. Hazards to bathers include corals and jellyfish, poisonous fish, and sea snakes.


Cholera: Although limited in effectiveness, vaccination may be appropriate for persons living and/or working in less than sanitary conditions for more than 3 months where medical facilities are unavailable. Vaccination may also be appropriate for travelers with impaired gastric defenses who are planning an extended visit or being exposed to unsanitary conditions. Vaccination is not advised for pregnant women, infants younger than 6 months old, or persons with a history of severe reaction to the vaccine. Hepatitis A: Consider active immunization with hepatitis A vaccine or passive immunization with immune globulin (IG) for all susceptible travelers. Especially consider choosing active immunization for persons planning to reside for a long period or for persons who take frequent short-term trips to risk areas. The importance of protection against hepatitis A increases as length of stay increases. It is particularly important for persons who will be living in or visiting rural areas, eating or drinking in settings of poor or uncertain sanitation, or who will have close contact with local persons (especially young children) in settings with poor sanitary conditions. Hepatitis B: Vaccination is advised for health care workers, persons anticipating direct contact with blood from or sexual contact with inhabitants, and persons planning extended stays of 6 months or greater (especially those who anticipate using local health care facilities, staying in rural areas, or having intimate contact with the local population). Typhoid: Vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 3 weeks, adventurous eaters, and those who will venture off the usual tourist routes into small cities, villages and rural areas. Importance of vaccination increases as access to reasonable medical care becomes limited. Contraindications depend on vaccine type. Note: All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.

Disease risk summary

Insect-borne illness: Dengue fever - occurs (epidemic last reported in May 1989) 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. Biointoxication may occur from raw or cooked fish and shellfish. Cholera - occurs Hepatitis - occurs Other hazards: Diseases such as measles and diphtheria are commonly reported. Influenza risk extends throughout the year.

Entry requirements


Recent disease outbreaks

No recent disease outbreaks


The Government Broadcasting and Information Division publishes Sikuleo o Tuvalu (in Tuvaluan) and Tuvalu Echoes (in English, on a fortnightly basis). BBC World Service frequencies are MHz; 15.36; 11.95; 9.740; 7.145 and Voice of America frequencies are MHz 17.74 15.19 11.87 9.525. These are subject to change