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Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands totals 70.5 square miles and is composed of two coral atoll chains in the Central Pacific. The Marshall Islands is a parliamentary democracy, and has signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States. It has a developing agrarian and service-oriented economy. Tourist facilities are not widely available, but those that exist are adequate. The capital, Majuro, has three major hotels. Several other atolls have limited guest quarters. Read the Department of State Background Notes on the Marshall Islands for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Marshall Islands
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Majuro
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Kwajalein Atoll:  Kwajalein Hospital

Main Cities:

Majuro, Ebeye

Country Size: 11,854.3 sq km, note: includes the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik
Population: 61,815

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Marshallese (official) 98.2%, other languages 1.8%
Note: English (official), widely spoken as a second language

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Protestant 54.8%, Assembly of God 25.8%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Bukot nan Jesus 2.8%, Mormon 2.1%, other Christian 3.6%, other 1%, none 1.5%

National Holidays: Constitution Day, 1 May (1979)
Economic Status:

The Marshall Islands is a parliamentary democracy, and has signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States. It has a developing agrarian and service-oriented economy.

Security:

There are no regular military forces, only Marshall Islands Police. Defense is the responsibility of the US.

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy Majuro
Mejen Weto, Ocean Side
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Phone: +692-247-4011
Document Requirements:

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens; U.S. citizens have liberal travel rights under the Compact of Free Association. There is a departure fee; diplomats are exempt. A health certificate is required for travelers arriving from an area that is currently experiencing an epidemic. For visits of over 30 days, an AIDS test may be required. For further information on entry requirements for the Marshall Islands, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands , at 2433 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008. The telephone number is (202) 234-5414. Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

Major Airports:

Airports:  15, Airports w/paved runways:  4

Amata Kabua International Airport (MAJ/PKMJ)
Majuro, Marshall Islands, Majuro, Marshall Islands

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Risks and Precautions:

Overall, travel around the Marshall Islands is safe. There is no political violence nor have any terrorist or insurgency threats been identified. Travelers should be aware that flights to outer islands are often cancelled, sometimes leaving visitors stranded. The Marshall Islands’ reliance primarily on radio for communication among the remote outer islands causes some communication problems.

The Marshall Islands has a relatively low crime rate. The most common crimes are break-ins and thefts from homes, hotel rooms, and vehicles, as well as occasional random acts of vandalism. There have been a few recent but isolated incidents in which U.S. citizens and other foreigners were assaulted. Travelers are advised to keep their hotel rooms or residences locked at all times. Fights and assaults are increasingly common occurrences at nightclubs and bars. Visitors to those establishments, especially late in the evening, should be extra vigilant to ensure their personal security.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  27.3 deaths/ 1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 70.61 years  (male 68.61/ female 72.71)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None

Recommended:  Hep A & B, Rabies, 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.  Leptospirosis is common on some of the Pacific Islands.

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.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health facilities in the Marshall Islands are adequate for routine medical problems, but they are available online on Majuro and Ebeye. Majuro has a private clinic and a new public hospital. Ebeye has a public hsopital. Most outer islands have medical dispensaries.

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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

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

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +692

Internet Country Code:  .mh

 



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