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Still current at: 13 July 2008
Updated: 01 May 2008

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Summary and Political Situation section (Elections held on 26 April and the lifting of the state of emergency). The overall level of the advice has not changed. 

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Travel advice for this country


Travel Summary

  • Following elections, which were held on 26 April 2008, the state of emergency has been lifted.  However, the political situation in Nauru remains uncertain. You should avoid large gatherings and keep away from major infrastructure sites. See the Political Situation section of this advice for more details.

  • There is no consular representation in Nauru.  Consular matters are covered by the British High Commission in Fiji.  See the General section of this travel advice for more details.

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

  • There is a low threat from terrorism in Nauru. 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 Nauru 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 the activities you want to undertake.  See the General (Insurance) section of this advice and Travel Insurance for more details.

Safety and security

Terrorism

There is a low threat from terrorism in Nauru.  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.  
 
For further information see Terrorism Abroad.

Political Situation

The political situation in Nauru reamins uncertain.   On 17 April 2008, President Marcus Stephen declared a state of emergency in Nauru to resolve a political deadlock in Parliament.  Elections were held on 26 April 2008, and the state of emergency ended on the appointment of a new government on 29 April.
 
On 8 March 2008 the central police station in Nauru burned down in a case of suspected arson. The incident followed two days of protests related to a commercial dispute at facilities of the Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation (phosphate mine operator) in Aiwo district . In response to threats of further action by protestors, the police have appointed reservists to help provide security. You should avoid large gatherings and keep away from major infrastructure sites.

Nauru Country Profile

Local laws and customs

There are heavy penalties for all drug offences.

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 Nauru.
 
For more general information for different types of travellers see Travel Advice Relevant to You.

Entry requirements

Visas

British passport holders require a visa for Nauru.  This must be obtained before your arrival in Nauru.
 
For details on how to obtain a visa and on what exactly will be required at immigration, please contact one of the following:-

Nauru High Commission, Ratu Sukuna House, Victoria Parade, PO Box 2420, Government Buildings, Suva, Republic of Fiji; (Tel: 00 679 331 3566; Fax:  00 678 330 2861); e-mail: naurulands@connect.com.fj.

or:

Director of Immigration, Customs and Immigration, Department of Justice, Government Building, Yaren District, Republic of Nauru; (Tel: 00 674 444 3152 / 3162; Fax: 00 674 444 3832).

Alternatively Our Airlines in Suva may be able to give advice.  They can be contacted on: (Tel: 00 679 331 2377).
 
Passport validity
 
In order to be issued with a visa, your passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry into the country.
 
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

Nauru is subject to periodic outbreaks of typhoid.  You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.  If you suffer from diarrhoea during a visit to Nauru you should seek immediate medical attention.
 
You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to AIDS/HIV.  For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS.

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Nauru and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date.  For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
 
For more general information see Travel Health.

Natural Disasters

The tropical cyclone season in Nauru 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 the activities you want to undertake, including cover for medical evacuation by air ambulance particularly if you plan to engage in adventure sports.   For more general information see Travel Insurance.
 
If things do go wrong when you are overseas then this is how we can help.
 
Registration
 
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to yhou in an emergency.  More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.
 
Passports
 
If you require a new passport, application forms can be downloaded from the Internet.  To avoid 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 the 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 Nauru authorities can issue emergency travel documents, which will allow you o travel as far as Australia.  Once in Australia, the British High Commission in Canberra will be able to issue a replacement passport within two to three weeks.  If you need to travel more urgently, the British Consular Agency in Brisbane or the British Consulate-General in Sydney 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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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