Travel in Kiribati

Time:GMT +12- 14.
Electricity:240 volts AC, 50Hz.
Language:The official languages are English and Kiribati.
Health:A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within six days from infected areas. Immunisation against typhoid and poliomyelitis is often recommended. Hepatitis A and B are reported. Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Dengue fever, including its haemorrhagic form, occurs in epidemics. Diphtheria and tuberculosis may all occur. Health insurance is strongly recommended. Tungaru Central Hospital on Tarawa provides medical service to all the islands. Government dispensaries on all islands are equipped to handle minor ailments and injuries. Visitors should bring their own supply of basic medicines with them.
Tipping:Not expected.
Customs:Like the other Pacific islanders, the people are very friendly and hospitable and retain much of their traditional culture and lifestyle. Bikinis should not be worn except on the beach. Nudity and overly scant swimming costumes are forbidden by local law.
Business:Business hours are generally 8am to 4:15pm Monday to Friday.
Communications:The international country dialling code for Kiribati is +686 and most international calls from Kiribati have to go through the operator. IDD is available throughout urban Tarawa. Radio telephone calls can be arranged to most outer islands. GSM 900 network is in use for mobile telephones. There are currently no Internet cafes in Kiribati. There is a weekly postal service for overseas mail.
Duty Free:The following goods may be imported into Kiribati without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 225g tobacco or cigars; 1 litreĀ of spirits and 1 litreĀ of wine (only if aged 21 years and older); a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use (subject to declaration); one pair of binoculars, one camera and six rolls of film, one cine camera and 200m of film, one radio, one broadcast receiver, one tape recorder, one typewriter (subject to declaration); reasonable quantity of sports equipment for personal use (subject to declaration).