How to travel to Kiribati island

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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

From unnecessary tourist trips to Kiribatiis currently due to ongoing entry restrictions advised against.

Epidemiological situation

Kiribati has not yet been affected by COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.


Entry is currently not possible for foreigners. There are also entry restrictions for travelers from all countries with active COVID-19 transmission, including Germany. Information is available from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Transit and onward travel

It is not possible to travel through and on via Kiribati.

Travel connections

International air traffic is currently suspended; Exceptions would be repatriation flights, which have not yet been carried out.

Restrictions in the country

The state of emergency has been in effect since March 26, 2020 until further notice.

Hygiene rules

In public there is an obligation to wear mouth and nose protection. The local distance and hygiene regulations must be observed.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities.
  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the Kiribati government.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the Kiribati authorities.
  • Please note the test and quarantine requirements when entering Germany from risk areas (not transit) and contact the health department at your place of residence. The Federal Ministry of Health offers further information on compulsory testing.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • Please note our continuously updated information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.



Domestic situation

The domestic political situation is calm. In the case of isolated demonstrations, violent conflicts cannot be ruled out.

  • If necessary, find out more about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.


Petty crimes such as pickpockets occur particularly in places that are very frequented by tourists.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be extra vigilant in crowds and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

Tropical storms

The climate is tropical. Cyclone season is from the beginning of November to the end of April. Even if the storms do not usually reach Kiribati, strong winds must be expected, some of which can reach cyclone strength.

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Kiribati is in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes and volcanic activity can occur.

Travel info

Responsible diplomatic mission

There is no German diplomatic mission in Kiribati. The German embassy in Wellington / New Zealand is responsible.
Kiribati does not have a diplomatic mission in Germany. There is an honorary consul in Hamburg.

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There is left-hand traffic. The roads on Tarawa and Christmas Island are in poor condition and frequently flooded.

Driver's license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.


While homosexual acts are punishable by law, there are no known cases of criminal prosecution.

Legal specifics

The acquisition, possession, distribution, import and export of any quantity of drugs is strictly prohibited. The law provides severe penalties for possession of even small quantities of drugs.

Money / credit cards

The currency in Kiribati is the Australian dollar (AUD). Payment by credit card is not possible everywhere in Kiribati. Even then, only VISA Cards and Master Cards are accepted. There are not ATMs on every island.

  • Find out about the payment options before you arrive and, if necessary, take enough cash with you for the duration of your stay.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months at the time of departure.


German citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay up to 90 days per 180 days for tourist purposes and visits.


There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

Foreign currencies can be imported without restriction.
Up to 225 grams of tobacco or cigars or 200 cigarettes can be imported duty-free. The import of 1 liter of spirits and wine is also duty-free (only for people over the age of 21).

The following items must be imported duty-free, but must be declared upon entry: binoculars, a camera, six undeveloped films, a portable radio, a cassette recorder, a typewriter and sports equipment.

There are strict quarantine regulations for plants, seeds, animals and animal products.

The importation of firearms, ammunition and pornographic publications is prohibited.


Animals may only be imported with an appropriate permit.



The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B and typhoid in the case of long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.


There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.


The risk of rabies is estimated to be low. Stray and sometimes aggressive dogs are part of the everyday street scene and should be avoided if possible.

Medical supplies

Medical care options in Kiribati are limited and often do not meet European standards. Serious cases in particular often have to be flown to New Zealand or Australia.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical doctors or travel doctors and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information about your travel destination

Here you will find the addresses of the responsible diplomatic missions and information on politics and bilateral relations with Germany.


Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German nationals are recommended to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without adequate insurance cover, the costs necessary on site (e.g. treatment or hospital costs, flight home) are generally to be borne by the person concerned and can quickly use up all of your savings.

It is common in many countries that the costs invoiced by doctors or hospitals have to be settled or even advanced before discharge. It cannot be ruled out that the doctor / hospital will obtain a refusal to leave the country for the patient if the bill is not paid.

Many souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations. Find out in good time!

Before starting your trip, please find out which souvenirs are not allowed to be imported for reasons of species protection. Quite a few tourists experience a nasty surprise on their return, when the memento is confiscated by customs or even punished. No matter how impressive an exotic souvenir is because of its specialty and uniqueness, many of the animal and plant species from which such souvenirs are made are endangered or even threatened with extinction. These souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations.

Customs and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation have introduced the online portal species protection for travelers on vacation. Here you can find out exactly which souvenirs from which countries can be imported into Germany.

Please do not contribute to the illegal and harmful trade in wild animals and plants. Nature conservation organizations as well as environmental and customs authorities advise you not to take any risks and to refrain from bringing souvenirs made from animals or plants. Instead, they recommend purchasing local textiles, ceramics, metal and glass work or paintings. Basically, you should exercise caution when buying animal and plant products if you cannot understand their origin.In this way you do not harm the flora and fauna of your holiday destination.

Please also note our questions and answers on the subject of "Safety Instructions"


Disclaimer of liability

Travel and safety information is based on information from the Federal Foreign Office that is available at the specified time and that is considered to be trustworthy. A guarantee for the correctness and completeness as well as a liability for possibly occurring damages cannot be assumed. Hazardous situations are often confusing and can change rapidly. The decision to undertake a trip is your sole responsibility. References to special legal provisions abroad always concern only a few selected questions. Legal regulations can also change at any time without the Foreign Office being informed. It is therefore recommended that you contact the competent diplomatic or consular representation of the destination country.

The Federal Foreign Office urgently advises you to observe the recommendations contained in the travel and safety information and to take out appropriate insurance cover, e.g. health insurance abroad with repatriation insurance. In this context, it should be noted that you will be charged for any necessary relief measures in accordance with the Consular Act.