How to Enter Nauru

Do I need a passport or visa to enter?

All tourists will need a passport, visa, onward/return ticket, and proof of hotel bookings (or sponsorship from a resident of Nauru) to enter Nauru. You can get a tourist visa for a maximum stay of thirty days. You do not need a visa to transit through Nauru if your first connecting flight leaves within three days of your arrival in Nauru, and if you have a valid ticket for an onward destination. Business visitors must have a visa and a local sponsor. Nauru collects a departure tax that is included in the cost of airfare. 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.

Special Travel Circumstances in Nauru

Nauru is a small, remote tropical island. Access to and from Nauru is limited to a small number of commercial air flights each week. Transportation may be interrupted due to weather, political or labor disputes, economic difficulties, and other reasons. If you travel to Nauru and an emergency arises, you should be prepared to remain in Nauru until the emergency passes or to arrange for a private air or sea charter from the island, which may cost tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Government only arranges evacuation transportation in crises that pose a potential for loss of life or an imminent physical danger to the safety and security of U.S. citizens, and when commercial options are not possible. The U.S. Government is required to seek reimbursement for government organized evacuations in an amount equal to the average cost of a one-way ticket on a commercial carrier at the time commercial services are stopped. At present time, there is only one ATM in the country and very limited hotel options.

Currency: In Nauru, the Australian dollar is the legal currency. Travelers’ checks and all major currencies are accepted by banks and may be exchanged for local currency at some local hotels. Credit card services on the island are limited to non-existent.

Customs: Nauru's customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Nauru of items such as foodstuffs, animals, and pornographic materials. Please contact the Consulate General of Nauru in Melbourne, Australia, for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Citizenship Documents: Please carry a copy of your U.S. passport with you at all times, so that you will have proof of identity and U.S. citizenship readily available if questioned by local officials. If you are detained or arrested, please request that local authorities notify a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, of your detention.


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