Tuvalu Travel Information
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities
of Tuvalu have, from March 20, introduced an emergency
situation which has so far been announced to last for 14
days. For more information about coronavirus, see the
Most trips to Tuvalu are completed without any
special problems. In March 2015, the cyclone Pam caused
major damage especially to Tuvalu's outer islands.
Reconstruction work will take time.
Tourists are wary of large crowds and congregations
and follow changes in the political situation. Safety
standards poor especially in risk sports and when
transporting by boat between islands. Therefore, consult
locally on safe areas for swimming and other water
sports. The hurricane season is from November to April.
It is recommended to make copies of passports,
tickets and credit cards when traveling to Tuvalu.
The closest Norwegian consulate is to Fiji. Norway
also has consulates in New Zealand; one in Wellington
and one in Auckland. Responsible Norwegian Embassy is
the Norwegian embassy in Canberra. The risk of terrorist
incidents for Tuvalu is considered low. Homosexuality is
prohibited and carries severe penalties. There is a
minimum sentence of seven years in prison for sexual
intercourse between adult men. There are severe
penalties for drug offenses.
There is generally little crime at Tuvalu. Theft of
valuables such as cash, jewelry, camera, mobile phone
etc. are the most common criminal acts aimed at
It is recommended to make copies of passports,
tickets, bank cards, etc., and keep them separately from
the original documents. It is not recommended to keep
credit cards, cash and travelers checks together. Spread
the risk so that you will not be able to pay in case of
There is left-hand traffic at Tuvalu - on the few
roads (a total of eight km) that exist.
- Countryaah: Vaiaku is the capital
of Tuvalu. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Since 1990, Tuvalu has been increasingly exposed to
tropical storms and cyclones. Therefore, it is
recommended that travelers follow international weather
updates, especially during the hurricane season which is
from November to April.
Cyclone and storm information is also available from
the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, US Navy, US National
Weather Service Forecast Office, the Fiji Meteorological
Service, the World Meteorological Organization Severe
Weather Information Center, the Humanitarian Early
Warning Service and the National Hurricane Center.
Tuvalu may be affected by earthquakes. Look for
messages and advice from local authorities both before,
during and after an emergency. General precautions for
natural disasters in Oceania can be found here.
Local emergency numbers are as follows: Police 911,
fire department (+688) 20726, ambulance (+688) 20749.
In crisis and emergency situations, the public is
urged to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Canberra on
tel: +61 2 6270 5700 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected] The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages anyone who
goes to countries outside Europe and North America, to
register at reiseregistrering.no. Travel registration is
also recommended for anyone who is going to be abroad
for an extended period of time, including students and
In a crisis situation where there is reason to
believe that family and friends may be concerned, the
embassy encourages Norwegians in the affected areas to
contact family members in Norway. Family members can
also contact the local authorities in the affected
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for stays of up
to 30 days at Tuvalu. You must pay the departure tax
upon departure. Passports must be valid for up to six
months after the scheduled entry date.
A tourist visa is issued on arrival, and it is
possible to have the visa extended by up to three
months. Although Norwegian citizens are visa-free to a
country, only passports that are approved as
identification documents. It is the responsibility of
the traveler to ensure that travel documents, any visa,
etc. are valid.
When leaving, a departure tax of AUD 30 must be paid
at the airport. For questions about visas and
immigration, you can contact the immigration authorities
at Tuvalu, tel: (+688) 20240.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the virus, the Tuvalu authorities have,
from March 20, introduced an emergency situation which
is currently scheduled to last for 14 days. Additional
information and updates can be found on Tuvalu's
Facebook pages. It is the authorities at Tuvalu who are
responsible for updating the websites.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the authorities
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
When traveling to Tuvalu you should be careful with
mosquito protection; Outbreaks of dengue fever may
occur. which is a viral disease transmitted by
mosquitoes. They sting, unlike mosquitoes that transmit
malaria, usually during the day. Therefore, avoid
mosquito bites with suitable clothing, mosquitoes and
mosquito nets. For more information on dengue fever,
please see the World Health Organization factsheet on
dengue fever. There are no malaria bugs on Tuvalu.
Tropical dips can be avoided by lubricating cuts and
scrubs with antibiotic ointment, and covering with
plastics. Treatment services in hospitals are limited
and in severe cases evacuation to Fiji or Australia will
Please refer to the recommendations of the National
Institute of Public Health regarding vaccinations when
traveling abroad. It has happened that the outer islands
have had some small outbreaks of cholera and dysentery.
Normal care should be taken to avoid HIV infection.
The hospital treatment offered at Tuvalu is limited.
There is a hospital at Funafuti (the capital), and the
outer islands have trained nurses. In severe cases,
evacuation to Fiji or Australia must be expected.
Therefore, make sure you have good travel insurance and
check carefully what the insurance covers before
departure, especially regarding medical evacuation by
There are no rivers, lakes or groundwater at Tuvalu.
The drinking water comes from rainwater collection and
must be boiled before drinking.
Tuvalu is nine to eleven hours ahead of Norway
depending on summer and winter time. Credit cards can be
used at some hotels and in some major stores.
Withdrawing money from Tuvalu can be problematic.
Power uses 240 volts and three-point plugs. The area
code for telephone calls from Norway to Tuvalu is +688.
Local numbers have five digits, the first two of which
indicate the local area code.
Tuvalu's residents dress informally, but are
sensitive to how women dress. It may seem insulting to
walk lightly off the beach, and it is recommended that
women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and
knees. Topless sunbathing is not accepted. English and
Tuvalu are official languages. It is not common to give
Credit cards can be used at some hotels and in some
major stores. It can be problematic to withdraw money as
Tuvalu only has one bank, the National Bank of Tuvalu,
located at Funafuti Airport. In the outer islands, the
"Island Executive Officer" serves as a bank, but they
usually have limited opportunities to help you.
Opening hours are for banks 10 am - 2 pm
Monday-Thursday and 9 am - 1 pm Friday. Shops are
usually open from 6am to 8pm.