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Nauru, a small single-island nation in the South Pacific, is located about 25 miles south of the equator. It is a constitutional republic with a parliamentary system of government. Tourist facilities are available on a limited basis. Yaren, the capital, has an international airport. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Nauru for additional information.


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Country Name: Nauru
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Nauru
Boundary Countries:
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Main Cities: Nauru, Yaren
Country Size: 21 sq km
Population: 13,528



Nauruan (official; a distint Pacific Island language), English widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Predominant Religions:

Christian (two-thirds Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic)

National Holidays: Independence Day, 31 January (1968)
Economic Status:

Few comprehensive statistics on the Nauru economy exist, with estimates of Nauru's GDP varying widely.


No regular military forces; Nauru Police Force
Nauru maintains no defense forces; under an informal agreement, defense is the responsibility of Australia.

US Presence:

The US does not have an embassy in Nauru; the US Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Nauru.

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://suva.usembassy.gov/.

Document Requirements: A passport, visa, onward/return ticket, and proof of hotel bookings (or sponsorship from a resident of Nauru) are required for tourists. Tourist visas are issued for a maximum of thirty days. Travelers transiting with a valid ticket for an onward destination do not require a visa, provided that the first connecting flight departs within three days of arrival in Nauru. Business visitors must have a visa and a local sponsor. Nauru collects a departure tax that must be paid in cash and in Australian dollars. For more information on entry/exit requirements, travelers may wish to contact Republic of Nauru Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York at 212-937-0074, or by fax at 212-937-0079. The address is: 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400A New York, NY 10017. E-mail addresses are: nauru@onecommonwealth.org and/or Nauru@un.int. The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Nauru. However, the Ministry of Health of Nauru is currently considering whether to put restrictions in place. Please inquire directly with Republic of Nauru Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. 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:  1, Airports w/paved runways:  1

Nauru International Airport (INU/ANAU)
Nauru Airport, Nauru, PO Box 40, Nauru, REPUBLIC OF NAURU
Tel: +674 (0)444 3754
Fax: +674 (0)444 3170
Customs, hours:  On request

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Nauru has a low crime rate. However, visitors should not be complacent regarding personal safety or the protection of valuables.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  9.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 63.44 years  (male 59.85/female 67.21)

Immunization Indicators:

Required:  None

Recommended:  Hep A & B, Rabies, 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 Republic of Nauru are adequate for routine medical problems, but very limited in availability. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

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Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 0
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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:  +674

Internet Country Code:  .nr


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