Travel to Tuvalu

Tuvalu: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

When entering the country, Germans need a passport that must be valid for six months after the intended date of departure. The visa is issued free of charge upon entry. If you want to stay longer, you have to apply for a chargeable extension at the immigration authorities.

The German child ID card is not accepted. Children must therefore be entered in a parent’s passport with a photo or must travel with their own passport.

Issuing of visas

Honorary Consulate of Tuvalu

An der Alster 45

D-20099 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 (0) 40 – 24 83 83 66

Fax: 0049 (0) 40 – 24 83 83 75

Import and export of foreign currency

Local currency

There are no restrictions. However, from a value of 5,000 Australian dollars, these must be declared.

Foreign currencies

There are no restrictions. From a value of 5,000 Australian dollars, these must be declared.

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.


Up to one liter of spirits and 200 cigarettes or 225 grams of tobacco can be imported.

Departure fee

Upon departure, an exit fee of AUD 20 must be paid.

Tulavu: arrival and transport

How to get to Tuvalu

Tuvalu has an airport on the island of Funafuti. This is served four times a week by Air Kiribati on the Funafuti – Suva (Fiji) route and twice a week by Air Fiji on the same route.

Travel to the islands

The islands with each other are best toured with your own yacht. On the very manageable islands you can move around on foot or rent a bike or a scooter.


There are 8 km of dirt road on Funafuti.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Tuvalu’s international license plate is:


Tuvalu: Embassies, Consulates and Tourist Office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Tuvalu embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Tuvalu in Germany


Tuvalu does not have its own embassy in Germany, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy in Brussels is responsible.

Embassy of Tuvalu in Brussels

Avenue Eduard Lacomblé 17

1040 Brussels

Tel: 0032 – 2 – 742 1067

Fax: 0032 – 2 – 742 2869


Honorary Consul of Tuvalu in Hamburg

An der Alster 45

20099 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 2483 8366

Fax: 0049 – (0) 40 – 2483 8375

German representations for Tuvalu


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

Embassy in Wellington Hobson Street 90-92 Thorndon 6011, Wellington Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany PO Box 1687 Wellington 6140 New Zealand Tel: 0064 – (0) 4 473 60 63 Fax: 0064 – (0) 4 473 60 69 Email: info @ The German embassy in Wellington is still responsible for:

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

Austrian representations for Tuvalu


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

Austrian Embassy in Canberra

12 Talbot Street

Forrest, ACT 2603


PO Box 3375

Manuka, ACT 2603

Tel: 0061 – 2 – 6295 1533

Fax: 0061 – 2 – 6239 6751


www.aussenministerium. at/canberra

The Austrian embassy in Canberra is still responsible for:

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

Representations of Tuvalu in Austria

Embassy, consulate in

Tuvalu does not have a representation in Austria.

Swiss representation for Tuvalu


Switzerland does not have its own embassy in Tuvalu. 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

Fax: 0061 – 2 – 6273 3428

http: //www.eda.admin. ch/australia

In addition to Austr, the Swiss embassy in Canberra is also responsible for:

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

Representations of Tuvalu in Switzerland


Tuvalu does not have an embassy in Switzerland but a consulate general.

Consulate General of Tuvalu in Basel

Elisabethenstrasse 42

4010 Basel

Tel: 0041 – 61 – 273 4921

Fax: 0041 – 56 – 290 9000


Tourist office

Ministry of Communication, Transport & Tourism

Private Mail Bag

Vaiaku, Funafuti

Tel: 0068 – 20055

Fax: 0068 – 20722


Tuvalu: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings

Infectious diseases

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

  • Malaria, there is no risk of malaria infection on the islands.
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • Filariasis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid, but only for special risk groups

Recommended vaccinations

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

  • Diphtheria: A vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus: This vaccination should always be carried out, including at home.
  • Typhoid, only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Vaccination requirements There are no vaccination requirements when entering or staying in the country.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Phone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Tuvalu: currency and exchange rate

The official currency of Tuvalu is the

Australian dollar (AUD).

The Tuvalu dollar is also in circulation.

The following valid bills are in circulation:

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

and also the following coins:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50 c
  • 1 AUD
  • 2 AUD

Exchange rate

You can find a currency converter here:

Banks and opening times

There is only one bank called “The National Bank” on Funafuti Island. The bank is opposite the airport in Vaikaku.

The opening times are:

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Credit cards:

Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted in the only bank Tuvalus.

Travel to Tuvalu