Travel to Kiribati

Kiribati: travel info

Formalities, visas

Citizens from Germany must apply for a visa before entering the country, which must be applied for at the Kiribati honorary consul in Hamburg. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended departure date.

Travelers must also show a return or onward ticket and have sufficient financial resources.


There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

When importing plants, plant parts, such. B. Fruits, seeds, plant products, vegetables, soil, animals and animal products must be strictly observed the strict import laws!

The export of human remains and artifacts older than 30 years or traditional combat swords is prohibited.


People over the age of 21 are allowed to import one bottle (1 liter) of hard alcohol and one bottle (1 liter) of wine, 200 cigarettes or 225 g of tobacco or cigars duty-free.

The following goods, which are also duty-free, must be declared on arrival: binoculars, cameras and undeveloped films, portable radios, portable cassette recorders, portable typewriters and sports equipment.

Departure fee

There is an exit fee of $ 10 AUD for anyone over two years of age.

Kiribati: Getting There and Transport

How to get to Kiribati

Kiribati is served from the following locations: Nadi on Fischi, Majuro on the Marhall Islands, Honolulu on Hawai, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia and from the island of Nauru.

International connections

The airline Air Marshall connects Kiribati with Majuro in the Marshall Islands and the airline Air Nauru connects Tarawa with Brisbane, Melbourne, Pohnpei, Guam and Manila via Nauru. Flights to Nadi in Fiji are direct flights. The airline Aloha Airline offers charter flights between Honolulu, Hawaii and Christmas Island.

Domestic flights

The national airline Air Kiribati offers flights between the islands from Kiribati.

Travel in the country


There is a bus system on South Tarawa that is reliable and cheap. The buses run daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. between Betio and Buota. You can get on and off anytime and anywhere. If the horn sounds three times, the bus is full.


There are approximately 670 km of left-hand traffic.

Rental Cars

International and overseas driving licenses are only recognized in Kiribati for a period of two weeks after the arrival date. People renting a car must be at least 17 years old.

It is driven on the left side of the road. In built-up areas the maximum speed is 45 km/h and outside of built-up areas it is 65 km/h. You should reserve the rental car at least two weeks in advance.

Ferry connections/ship traffic

There are ports in Banaba, Betio, English Harbor and Canton as well as a canal system of 5 km length on the Line Islands. From Betio on Tarawa all outer islands are approached by boats. Current information can be obtained from the local tourist office.

Vehicle country identification

Kiribati’s international license plate is:


Kiribati: Embassies, Consulates and Tourist Office

Representations of Kiribati in Germany

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kiribati

Neumühlen 13

22763 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 -36 14 61 12


German representations in Kiribati


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy in Kiribati. The embassy in Wellington, New Zealand is responsible.

Embassy in Wellington

Hobson Street 90-92

Thorndon 6011, Wellington

Tel: 0064 – (0) 4 473 60 63


The German embassy in Wellington is still responsible for:

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji Islands
  • Niue
  • Pitcairn
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tokelau
  • Tuvalu

Austrian representations in Kiribati


Austria does not have its own embassy in Kiribati. The embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.

Embassy of Austria in Canberra

12 Talbot Street

Forrest, ACT 2603


PO Box 3375

Manuka, ACT 2603

Tel: 0061 – 2 – 6295 1533

Email: www.austria


The Austrian embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

  • Fiji Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

Swiss representations in Kiribati

Switzerland does not have its own embassy in Kiribati. The Swiss embassy in Canberra, Australia is responsible.

Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra

7, Melbourne Avenue

Canberra, Forrest, ACT 2603

Tel: 0061 – 2 – 6162 8400

The Swiss embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

Tourist office

Kiribati Visitor’s Bureau Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Betio, Tarawa

PO Box 510

Tel: 00686 – 26157/26158


Kiribati: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Kiribati, the following diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria, there is no risk of malaria on the islands.
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Filariasis
  • tetanus
  • typhus

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Kiribati are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B, vaccination against hepatitis B, is only required for those who may come into contact with blood or those who have sexual contact with local residents.
  • Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus, should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies, only in high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid, only applies to travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever.

Warning notices

Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Telephone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Current warning


The local currency is the

Australian dollar (AUD)

The following Australian dollar bills are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50
  • 100 AUD

There are the following coins: 5, 10, 20, 50 cents; 1 and 2 AUD.

Banks and opening times

The main bank is the “Bank of Kiribati”. The bank has branches in Bairiki, Betio, Bikenibeu and Kiritimati on Christmas Island. A branch of the “Westpac Bank” can be found at the airport.

The opening times are

Mon-Fri: from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the exception of the branch in Bikenibau, which is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Shop opening times

Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Typical souvenirs include baskets, hats, and other items woven from pandan nut leaves. You can also buy beautiful wooden models of outrigger boats.

Travel to Kiribati