Nauru travel information

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The Basics

Time: GMT +12

Electricity: Electrical current is 240 Volts, 50Hz. The Australian three (or two) flat pin plug is standard. Electricity supply is not stable, so expect frequent power cuts.

Language: The native language is Nauruan, but English is widely spoken on the island and is used for commercial and governmental purposes.

Travel Health: The leading health concerns in Nauru are non-communicable diseases. Nonetheless, travellers are recommended to get hepatitis A and B vaccinations, a typhoid vaccination and a rabies vaccination for people spending a lot of time outdoors, who may be at risk of animal bites. Travellers are also advised to be up to date with their MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diptheria vaccinations. Yellow fever vaccinations are a requirement for those travelling from infected areas in Africa and the Americas. There have been outbreaks of dengue fever in the past, purported to have come from the refugee centre on the island. There is no defense against dengue fever other than minimising the chance of insect bites. Be careful about food and drink consumption. Buying food and water from the main local stores and restaurants is the best way to prevent food poisoning. There is one hospital on the island, the Republic of Nauru Hospital, which deals with most medical problems, but major surgical operations are conducted in Australia. Travel insurance is highly recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.

Local Customs: The people of Nauru have family-based values, bolstered by a strong Christian ethos, and visitors should not be surprised to hear prayers at most public gatherings. Traditionally a matrilineal society, women are greatly respected and children are often cared for by the larger community. Because of the political and social connections to Australia, Nauru's social etiquette has been increasingly influenced by Australian norms. Thus, western tourists will find basic social interaction quite familiar.

Duty Free: Travellers to Nauru age 16 and older may import up to 200 cigarettes and 500g tobacco. Those 21 and older may import two litres of liquor. Firearms, explosives, drugs, weapons and pornographic materials are prohibited.