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Kiribati Travel Information

According to franciscogardening, Kiribati is a country in Oceania made up of 36 islands divided into the Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, and Line Islands (excluding Jarvis, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Atoll). Tarawa is the main island of Kiribati and Bairiki is the administrative center of Kiribati.

Kiribati is known for being at the “end of the world”. The islands are only a few meters above water and are therefore very vulnerable. The islands are literally being swallowed by the ocean because of global warming. The islands are small in size and therefore have little to offer. According to ezinereligion, Kiribati has long white sandy beaches with palm trees which are ideal for diving and snorkelling. The population lives mainly from fishing.

Where is Kiribati located?

Travel information of Kiribati

Official name: Republic of Kiribati
Continent: Oceania
Area: 726 km²
Capital: Tarawa (administrative: Bairiki)
Country code: KI, KIR
Population: 111,796 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 81 m
Distance (Amsterdam – South Tarawa): 13,942 km
Flight time: approximately 25 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Kiribati. It is possible to book airline tickets.

Weather and climate
Kiribati has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 30 degrees all year round. Cyclones and earthquakes can occur on the islands.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kiribati can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Kiribati can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Kiribati. This avoids the rainy season.

English and Kiribati are both an official language in Kiribati.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Kiribati.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Kiribati for less than 28 days.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in New Zealand (also for Kiribati):
Embassy of New Zealand in the Netherlands (also for Kiribati):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Kiribati it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Kiribati, payment is made with the Australian dollar (AUD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
There are no ATMs in Kiribati.

In Kiribati it is not customary to tip. Service costs are already automatically added to the bill.

Time difference
Kiribati falls in three different time zones:
– Gilbert Islands: 11 hours later (winter time), 10 hours later (summer time).
– Phoenix Islands: 12 hours later (winter time), 11 hours later (summer time).
– Line Islands: 13 hours later (winter time), 12 hours later (summer time).
Above we talk about the time difference during our winter and summer time, because Kiribati does not observe daylight saving time.
The local times, dates and time zones for Kiribati can be found on our time difference page.

In Kiribati you must drive on the left.

In Kiribati you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Kiribati can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999 or 992
– Fire Department: 999 or 993
– Ambulance: 999 or 994

Tap water
The state of the water is unknown and it is therefore not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Kiribati can be found on Google news.
An overview of Kiribati newspapers can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Kiribati end
Kiribati official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Kiribati is 00868 or +868.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kiribati? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Kiribati.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Kiribati.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations in Kiribati, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about Kiribati?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kiribati. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Kiribati can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Kiribati can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kiribati? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kiribati.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed for men, allowed for women.

Did you know…
…The capital of Kiribati consists of an entire atoll?
…A large number of Kiribati islands are uninhabited?
…Kiribati has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1979?

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