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Tuvalu Flag of Tuvalu

Still current at: 10 June 2008
Updated: 14 March 2008

This advice has been reviewed and reissued. The overall level of the advice has not changed. 

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Travel advice for this country


Travel Summary

  • There is no British consular representation in Tuvalu.  Consular matters are covered by the British High Commission in Suva, Fiji.  See the General (Consular assistance) section of this advice for more details.

  • Only a handful of British nationals visit Tuvalu each year.  Most visits are trouble-free. We are not aware of any British nationals who required consular assistance in Tuvalu in 2007.

  • There is a low threat from terrorism in Tuvalu. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

  • The tropical cyclone season in Tuvalu normally runs from November to April.

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.  

Safety and security

Terrorism
 
There is a low threat from terrorism in Tuvalu.  But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. 
 
Political Situation
 
Tuvalu Country Profile.

Local laws and customs

Drug taking in all forms is illegal.  Importing or exporting illegal drugs attracts a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $2000.  Those found guilty of cultivating or distributing illegal drugs are likely to receive similarly severe punishment.
 
Homosexuality is technically illegal in many Pacific countries and the law is occasionally enforced.  Open displays of affection between same-sex partners may offend some in Tuvalu.
 

Entry requirements

Visas

Visas are not required for British nationals visiting for periods of up to one month, provided that your passport is valid for at least a month from the date of entry into the country.  An extension of stay for a maximum period of three months is available from the Department of Immigration.

For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the Department of Immigration at:

Chief Immigration Officer (acting)
Department of Immigration
Private Mail Bag
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Telephone: (+688) 20240

Passport validity

If you wish to extend your stay, your passport must be valid for at least six months.

Travelling with children

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.

Health

Tuvalu's only hospital is on Funafuti and the outer islands have trained nurses only.  Medical facilities are generally adequate for routine medical treatment. For more serious or complicated problems, medical evacuation to Fiji, or beyond to Australia may be required.
 
You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. NHS Direct (0845 46 47) can provide you advice on vaccination requirements for Tuvalu.
For further information on endemic diseases, like malaria, health outbreaks and vaccination requirements for Tuvalu you should check the websites of NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel
 
 
NATURAL DISASTERS

The tropical cyclone season in Tuvalu normally runs from November to April.  You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).  You can also access http://www.nhc.noaa.gov for updates. 

General

Insurance
 
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.   You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake, including cover for medical evacuation by air ambulance particularly if you plan to engage in adventure sports.  

 
Consular assistance
 
There is no British consular representation in Tuvalu.  Consular matters are covered by the British High Commission in Suva, Fiji Islands. We advise all British nationals residing in, or visiting, countries overseas to register so that they can be contacted easily in an emergency. To complete the online registration form, please go to:
 
Passports
 
If you require a new passport, application forms can be downloaded from the Internet.  To avoid any unnecessary delays, you are advised to contact the British High Commission in Suva (Fiji) before submitting your completed passport application form to the British High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand (please see Travel Advice: New Zealand).  Where possible, you are advised to apply at least two months before your passport is due to expire.  You will be allowed to retain your old passport whilst waiting for the replacement to be issued and returned.
 
In the event of a lost or stolen passport, the Tuvalu authorities can issue emergency travel documents which will allow you to travel as far as Fiji.  Once in Fiji, the British High Commission in Suva will be able to issue a limited validity passport to enable you to continue your journey.  There will be an additional fee for any passport service performed outside normal consular office opening hours. We strongly advise you to keep a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport to avoid any complications.

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contacts

Tuvalu

Address:

Non-resident British High Commissioner
(resides in Suva, Fiji)

British High Commission
Victoria House
47 Gladstone Road
PO Box 1355
Suva
Fiji

Telephone:

(679) 3229100 (switchboard)

Fax:

(679) 322 9132

Email: ukpassportsuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: publicdiplomacysuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: projectssuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: consularsuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: pbcc@fco.gov.uk

Email: educationsuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: visasuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: managementsuva@fco.gov.uk

Email: regionalsuva@fco.gov.uk

Office hours:

GMT:
Sun-Wed: 2000-0040 / 0100-0400
Thurs: 2000-0100

Local Time:
Mon-Thurs: 0800-1240 / 1300-1600
Fri: 0800-1300

Website: http://www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/fiji