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Wallis and Futuna 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: South Pacific
Full Name: Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
Capital City: Mata-Utu
Language Spoken: French is spoken, but Wallisian and Futunan tend to be spoken by locals.

Wallis and Futuna Travel Insurance

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Geographic data:

13 ? 17’S 176 ? 11’ W

Elevation Extremes:

Highest Point: Mont Singavi (on Futuna) 765m

Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean 0m

Land boundaries

0km

Natural hazards

Cyclones, earthquakes, and tsunamis

Natural resources

No major natural resources - agriculture - fish, pigs, coconuts, bananas, yams etc.

Land use

Arable land: 7.14%

Permanent crops: 35.71%

Other: 57.15% (2011)

Environmental current issues

Deforestation - wood is their main source of fuel.

Erosion due to the deforestation

Lack of natural freshwater sources

Climate

The islands have both a hot and rainy season, and a cool and dry season. The hot and rainy season occurs between the months of November to April. The hot and rainy season is the time where you are most likely to get cyclones and tropical storms. The cool and dry season occurs between the months of May and October. This cooler and drier weather is usually caused by winds from the south east.

The islands see a lot of rainfall, with it likely to rain for roughly 260 days each year. On average, the islands see 2,500-3,000 millimeters (98-118 inches) of rainfall annually.

Wallis and Futuna have rather high humidity levels with the average being 80%.

One average, you can expect temperatures to be of around 26.6 ? c (79.9 ? F), with it seldom dipping below 24.0 ? c (75.2 ? F)

Time difference

Wallis and Futuna is 11 hours ahead of The UK

Population

As of July 2014, the population of Wallis and Futuna was 15,561.

Age structure

0-14 years: 23.4% (male 1,902/female 1,741)

15-24 years: 17.8% (male 1,449/female 1,320)

25-54 years: 40.7% (male 3,147/female 3,183)

55-64 years: 9.2% (male 719/female 709)

65 years and over: 8.9% (male 663/female 728) (2014 est.)

Median age

Total: 30.3 years

Male: 29.3 years

Female: 31.5 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

0.33% (2014 est.)

Birth rate

13.56 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Death rate

4.95 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate

-5.27 migrant(s)/1,000 population

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.09 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.1 male(s)/female

25-54 years: 0.99 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female

Total Population: 1.02 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total Population: 79.42 years

Male: 76.43 years

Female: 82.55 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate

1.76 children born/woman (2014 est.)

Business Practices

The core principals of Wallis and Futuna are respecting elders, and being generous.

Crime

The crime rate in Wallis and Futuna is low, however it is always best to take safety precautions. It is recommended that you carry minimal valuables on you while out in the streets.

If you find yourself the victim of any crime, or need assistance regarding crime in Wallis and Futuna, The British Embassy in Paris can provide consular assistance (Wallis and Futuna is French territory.) The British High Commission in Fiji may also be able to offer some help and assistance.

Hotels

Hotels in Wallis and Futuna are small, local, and friendly.

Transport

The islands do not have a public transport system, however renting cars is available.

Flights between Wallis and Futuna are an efficient way of travelling between the two, with Aircalin flying around 5 times a week.

Communications

Dialing code: +681

Electricity

The voltage is Wallis and Futuna is 220V with a frequency of 50Hz

Plug Types

Plug type E is used.

Food And Dining

The Western Pacific diet in Wallis and Futuna includes chicken, fish, yams, sweet potatoes, pork, wild cherry, figs, coconuts and mangoes.

Entry departure requirements

In order to enter the country, travellers are required to have a yellow fever vaccination if they are from, or have passed through a country with a threat of the disease.

Visa immigration information

N/A

Passports

Your passport should be valid for the length of your trip.

Visas

EU citizens, including Metropolitan France, Andorra, Iceland, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and San Marino, do not need a visa when travelling to Wallis and Futuna. Citizens are able to stay on the islands visa-free for an unlimited amount of the.

Types of visa and cost

N/A

Validity

Your passport should be valid for the length of your trip.

Application to

N/A

Application requirements

N/A

Working days required

N/A

HIV entry requirements

There are no HIV requirements.

Departure tax

Embassies

Wallis and Futuna Embassy UK:

There is currently no formal British consular representative or formal british diplomatic./


Wallis and Futuna Embassy U.S.:

Although there is no Wallis and Futuna embassy for U.S. citizens, you are able to use the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. The Fiji embassy for U.S. citizens oversees the Consular Agent in the French Polynesia. The embassy can provide assistance and advice.

Address: U.S. Embassy, 31 Loftus Street, Suva, Fiji

Tel: [679] 3314-466

Fax: [679] 3302-267

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British FCO state that there is a low threat from Terrorism on the islands, however it is important to be vigilant at all times. ’

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

US Department of State

Website: http://www.state.gov/

Currency

CFP Franc

Currency restrictions

Banking hours

No bank is located on Futuna. It is advised that you change up your money when stopping over in either Noumea in New Caledonia, or Nadi in Fiji.

Currency exchange

No bank is located on Futuna. It is advised that you change up your money when stopping over in either Noumea in New Caledonia, or Nadi in Fiji.

Credit cards

Credit cards are generally accepted in Wallis and Futuna.

Travellers cheques

Travellers Cheques are not widely accepted.

  1. Health Information
  2. Recent Disease Outbreak

Dental care

Data collected in 2008 reports that the ratio of dentists to the population was 1:4762.

Medication Availability

It is advised that you make sure you pack enough medication to cover your trip in order to prevent any emergencies. Some shops may sell general pharmaceutical products.

Blood supplies

Medical facilities

Although Wallis and Futuna are French territory, you will be unable to use your EHIC on the islands. SIA hospital on Wallis has the capacity of 51 hospital beds.

Data collected in 2008 reports that the ratio of health care workers to the population was 1:909 doctors, and 1:337 nurses.

If emergency assistance is needed over the duration of your trip, call 15. You will need to contact your insurance provider quickly if medical professionals have referred you for further treatment.

Each major village on the islands have a modest medical clinic. A nurse will visit the clinic a couple of times a week. Cases that are more serious are usually referred to the main hospital on the Wallis island. Extreme cases such as traffic accidents are normally transported by air to either New Caledonia or Australia.

Hospitals on the islands include:

Name: Hospital de SIA

Address: Hospital de SIA

BP 246

Mata-Utu Hahake

Uvea 98600

Wallis and Futuna Islands

Phone: +681 72 2515

Fax: +681 72 2399


Name: Hospital de Taoa

Address: Hospital de Taoa

BP 11 Leava

WF - 98620 Sigavé

Tel: +681 72 33 29

Fax: +681 72 32 05

General caution

It is advised not to drink the tap water in Wallis and Futuna, and that you should drink bottled water instead. You should also avoid fruit and vegetables that have not been peeled or cooked.

Specific concerns

Immunization

When travelling to Wallis and Futuna, you should be up-to-date with your routine jabs including MMR, Polio and your yearly flu jab. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid are also recommended. Try to get you immunizations done preferably 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel. It is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations.

In order to enter the country, travellers are required to have a yellow fever vaccination if they are from, or have passed through a country with a threat of the disease.

It is important to have sufficient travel insurance for your trip as your EHIC will not cover you in Wallis and Futuna. Don’t forget, you can get your travel insurance from Direct Travel at either www.direct-travel.co.uk or ring our friendly team on 0330 880 3600.

Disease risk summary

In recent years, there has been an outbreak of waterborne leptospirosis. Waterborne Leptospirosis can be transmitted through contact with a contaminated environment, such as soil, plants, and surface water. The disease can be found in tropical climates in both urban and rural areas.

Dengue fever is also present, so it is advised to take mosquito precautionary methods, such as sleeping under a net, using deet based products, and wearing loose and baggy clothing.

Entry requirements

In order to enter the country, travellers are required to have a yellow fever vaccination if they are from, or have passed through a country with a threat of the disease.

Recent disease outbreaks

In recent years, there has been an outbreak of waterborne leptospirosis. The disease, which came from nearby islands New Caledonia, was mostly passed on through contact with mud and soil, that could have had contact with animals including pigs and rats. As 3 people died back in 2008 because of the disease, New Caledonia was placed on high alert.

 

Media

Television station in Wallis and Futuna include RFO Tele Wallis Futuna.

A radio station in the country includes RFO Wallis et Futuna.

FranceTVInfo can provide you with all of the latest news hapenning in Wallis and Futuna

http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/wallisfutuna/

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