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Fed.States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is composed of four states spanning dozens of atolls scattered over a million square miles of the north central Pacific. The four states are: Pohnpei (formerly Ponape), Kosrae (formerly Kusaie), Chuuk (formerly Truk) and Yap. The federal capital is located at Palikir, on the island of Pohnpei, close to Pohnpei’s largest town, Kolonia. The FSM is a constitutional democracy and is party to a Compact of Free Association with the United States. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Micronesia for additional information.

Fed.States of Micronesia


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Country Name: Federated States of Micronesia (or FSM)
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Palikir
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:
Main Cities: Palikir, Kolonia, Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap
Country Size: 702 sq km, note: includes Pohnpei (Ponape), Chuuk (Truk) Islands, Yap Islands, and Kosrae (Kosaie)
Population: 107,862



English (official and common language), Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Kosrean, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%, other 3%

National Holidays: Constitution Day, 10 May (1979)
Economic Status:

The country's medium-term economic outlook appears fragile due not only to the reduction in US assistance but also to the current slow growth of the private sector.


None, defense is the responsibility of the U.S.

US Presence:

The US Embassy in Kolonia is located on Kaselehlie Street (the main downtown street) across from the Pohnpei Botanical Gardens. The mailing address is PO Box 1286, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia 96941. Tel (691) 320-2187. The Duty Officer telephone number is (691) 920-2369. Fax (691) 320-2186. The US Embassy’s website can be accessed at either http://kolonia.usembassy.gov/or http://micronesia.usembassy.gov/.

Document Requirements:

U.S. citizens require a U.S. passport, a completed FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record (FSM Form 5004), and a completed FSM Customs Form to enter the FSM. The passport must be valid for at least 120 days beyond the date of entry into the FSM. Air carriers distribute the FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and Customs Form prior to passengers’ arrival at the point of entry. There is no limit to the length of time U.S. citizens and nationals may remain in the FSM. All states except Yap levy a departure fee. A health certificate may be required if the traveler is arriving from an area experiencing an epidemic.

Visit the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia web site for the most current entry requirements. For more information about FSM entry requirements, travelers may consult the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia at 1725 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20038, tel: (202) 223-4383 or the Embassy’s web site at http://www.visit-fsm.org/visitors/entry.html. The FSM also has Consulates in Honolulu and Guam.

Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  6, Airports w/paved runways:  6

Yap International Airport (YAP/PTYA)
Yap, Micronesia, Colonia, FM 96943, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

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Risks and Precautions:

On occasion foreigners have been subject to, and possibly singled out for, theft and verbal and physical abuse.  Modern Western swimwear may be considered immodest by local standards, and persons wearing such clothing outside of hotels that cater to tourists could be subject to harassment.

Natural hazards: typhoons (June to December).

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  28.15 deaths/ 1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL  70.35 years  (male 68.52/female 72.28)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None

Recommended:  Hep A & B, Typhoid
Boosters:  MMR, DPT, poliovirus

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue, filariasis, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley encephalitis are diseases carried by insects that also occur in the Pacific Island region. Leptospirosis is common on some of the Pacific Islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health care facilities in the FSM consist of hospitals on each of the four major islands and a few scattered clinics.  These facilities sometimes lack basic supplies and medicines, and the quality of health care varies.  Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for health services. There are only three decompression chambers in the FSM (in Yap, Pohnpei, and Chuuk); their availability and staff experience in treating dive injuries varies.

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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Periodic outbreaks of measles have occurred on islands with inadequate immunization coverage.

Cases of melioidosis have been reported from Papua New Guinea, Guam, and Australia; risk may exist on other islands.

High attack rates of ciguatera poisoning from eating large reef-dwelling fish have been reported on some of the islands.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +691

Internet Country Code:  .fm


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