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The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced kir-ree-bas) is an island group in the Western Pacific Ocean. It consists of an archipelago of some 33 low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs, with a total land area of 800 square kilometers. Kiribati gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1979. Kiribati has an elected President and a legislative assembly. The capital city is Tarawa. Kiribati has few natural resources, and its economy is very small. Tourist facilities are not widely available. Read the Department of State on Kiribati for additional information.



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Country Name: Kiribati
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Tarawa
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Kiribati General Hospital
Main Cities: Tarawa
Country Size: 811 sq km
Population: 107,817



I-Kiribati, English

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congretional) 40%, other (includes Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha'i, Latter-day Saints, Church of God) 8%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)
Economic Status:

Kiribati has few natural resources, and its economy is very small.


No regular military forces; Police Force (carries out law enforcement functions and paramilitary duties; small police posts are on all islands)

US Presence:

The US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Kiribati. The US Embassy in Fiji is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva; tel (679) 331-4?466; fax (679) 330-2?267. Information may also be obtained by visiting the Embassy’s home page at http://www.amembassy-fiji.gov/.

Document Requirements:

A valid passport with a minimum of six months validity until expiration date is required.  According to the web site information posted by the Kiribati National Tourism Office of the Ministry of Communication Transport and Tourism Development, U.S. citizens are not required to obtain visas prior to travel to Kiribati.  To see this and other information on visas, please go to the Kiribati National Tourism Office web site.  For information on long-term visit or residency requirements, please contact the Consulate of the Republic of Kiribati, 95 Nakolo Place, Rm. 265, Honolulu, HI 96819, tel. (808) 834-6775, fax (808) 834-7604, or via e-mail kiribaticonsul@aol.com.

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 the Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  19, Airports w/paved runways:  3

Bonriki International Airport
Tarawa, Kiribati, PO Box 277, Bikenibeu, Tarawa, KIRIBATI
Tel: +686 (0)28092
Fax: +686 (0)28289
Customs, hours: 08:00 – 16:15
Tel: +686 (0)28159
Fax: +686 (0)26532

Kiritimati/Christmas Islands – Cassidy International Airport (CXI/PLCH)
Kiritimati, Kiribati, Kiritimati, KIRIBATI

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

No specific security threat to Kirabati listed by Dept. of State. Although the crime rate in Kiribati is low, visitors should not be complacent regarding personal safety or the protection of valuables. Kiribati is located in an area of high seismic and tropical cyclone activity. Strong winds are common, especially during the rainy season from November to April.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  46.02 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 62.48 years  (male 59.41/female 65.63)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid,
Boosters: MMR, DPT

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. Japanese encephalitis is present in Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait and far northern Australia.  Leptospirosis is common on some of the Pacific Islands.
All water should be regarded as a potential health risk. Visitors should therefore refrain from drinking any water that is not bottled, boiled or otherwise sterilized. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit should be peeled before it is eaten.
Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health care facilities in Kiribati are adequate for routine medical care, but extremely limited in availability and quality. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost thousands of dollars.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 1
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Periodic outbreaks of measles have occurred on islands with inadequate immunization coverage.
High attack rates of ciguatera poisoning from eating large reef-dwelling fish have been reported on some of the islands.
Cases of melioidosis have been reported from Papua New Guinea, Guam, and Australia; risk may exist on other islands.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +686

Internet Country Code:  .ki


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