Micronesia Federation Travel Information
Most trips to the Micronesia Federation take place
without major problems, but great distances and a
limited service offer make it important to be well
prepared. There is no Norwegian foreign service station
in the Micronesia Federation, and the Norwegian
authorities have very limited opportunity to assist
Norwegian travelers. The outbreak of coronavirus has led
to a halt in entry for travelers who have been in
countries with documented cases of human infection over
the past fortnight. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
The Micronesia Federation (hereafter Micronesia) is a
large country consisting of four states and many dozens
of inhabited islands. The range of services, not least
the possibilities for medical assistance, varies
greatly, and travelers are advised to familiarize
themselves with the local conditions in which they will
The biggest danger for travelers is likely to be
traffic accidents. The road standard varies and in the
case of car transport one should drive slowly and
carefully. When traveling outside urban areas, make sure
the car is in good condition, that you have enough fuel
and water, and that you have communication equipment
When traveling by boat, including ferries between
Micronesia's many islands, travelers should be aware
that Micronesia has very limited capacity for search and
There is generally low crime in Micronesia, but
pocket theft occurs. There are also frequent cases of
alcohol-related violence episodes at bars and night
spots. The many wild dogs that roam the streets can also
be a nuisance, but pose little to no real danger to
Micronesia is a predominantly conservative society.
It is generally a safe country for female visitors, but
women are encouraged to inquire locally whether they
should travel alone, especially on foot and in the
evening. Homosexuality is not a criminal offense in
Micronesia, and no targeted violence against LGBT is
reported. But conservative attitudes make it not common
to show love in public.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Micronesia is
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The whole country, especially the low-lying atolls,
is vulnerable to natural disasters, especially typhoons
and other tropical storms. Typhoons occur mainly from
May to November, and can cause heavy flooding.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in Micronesia are encouraged to register
on www.reiseregistrering.no and make sure that they have
valid travel insurance.
Micronesia does not have a national emergency number,
and travelers are encouraged to inquire with their hotel
or travel operator about contact numbers for local
police and health services.
In case of crisis or emergency, you can contact the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour operating center on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail UDops@mfa.no
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 visas for travel up to
90 days, as a result of an agreement between Micronesia
and the EU (Schengen area) on mutual visa exemption.
Only passports are accepted as identification documents.
Passports must be valid for at least 120 days after
departure date and a valid exit ticket is required. Upon
arrival, travelers must complete a 'FSM Immigration
Arrival and Departure Record'.
At this time, it is only possible to fly commercially
to Micronesia via either Guam or Hawaii, both of which
share US territory. Travelers must therefore ensure that
they have the necessary permits to be able to stop in
Every airport in the Micronesian islands has customs
and immigration. Therefore, if you plan to travel to
several islands, you have to go through customs and
immigration every time.
It is recommended to check in advance whether islands
and beaches are allowed, as Micronesian authorities have
for various reasons previously imposed special travel
Coronavirus (covid-19): The outbreak
of coronaviruses has led to entry stops
for travelers who have been in countries with documented
cases of human infection of covid-19 disease, including
China and Japan, over the past fourteen days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides health
professional travel advice. You can find more
information and guidance from Norwegian health
authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of
There are basic health services on the four main
islands of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae, but emergency
preparedness is low and access to medical care can be
unpredictable. In several of the smaller islands, there
is no medical help at all. For specialist health care,
one must go to either Guam or Hawaii.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends measles, hepatitis A and B vaccine and
typhoid vaccine for travelers to Micronesia. See
Travelers' health for more information.
Micronesia authorities can also ask travelers for
documentation that they have a vaccine against, among
other things, yellow fever and measles upon entry.
There is an ongoing outbreak of Dengue fever in the
state of Yap, and there have previously been outbreaks
of the Zika virus in several parts of the country. Both
are mosquito-borne illnesses, and travelers are
encouraged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by
English is the nationwide official language of
Micronesia, and the language is well mastered by the
vast majority. The US dollar is the official currency.
The largest credit cards are normally accepted,
especially in tourist-oriented places, but there are few
ATMs and therefore it is advisable to bring some cash.
Micronesia spans two time zones. The states of Yap
and Chuuk are eight hours ahead of Norway summer time,
nine hours winter time. The states of Pohnpei and Kosrae
are nine hours ahead of Norway summer time, ten hours
The area code for calls from Norway to Micronesia is
+691. There is good mobile coverage in the larger towns,
otherwise more unstable, and in some places completely
absent. Mobile broadband (roaming) is not possible with
foreign mobile subscriptions, but several hotels and
restaurants offer free WiFi. The Internet domain is.fm.
110 volts is the standard for electrical outlets and
US electrical outlets are the norm.
Micronesia is close to the equator and there are
tropical temperatures throughout the year. It rains most
in the period July to October.