According to extrareference, the Marshall Islands (Marshallese: Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ) are an archipelago and independent state in the Pacific Ocean (Oceania). The Marshall Islands consists of 30 atolls and 1100 islands. The largest and most famous atolls are Bikini, Enewetak, Jaluit and Rongelap. The Marshall Islands has been independent from the United States since 1980. The capital of the Marshall Islands is Majuro, located on the island of the same name as Majuro. A number of major cities in the Marshall Islands are: Jabor and Ine.
The Marshall Islands are known as a tropical destination. The islands all have beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue water where you can practice water sports. You can dive to the many coral reefs and the many shipwrecks of the Second World War. According to ethnicityology, the Bikini Islands are best known for the nuclear tests conducted by the United States in the 1950s.
Where are the Marshall Islands?
Travel information of Marshall Islands
Official name: Republic of the Marshall Islands
Area: 181 km²
Country code: MH, MHL
Population: 77,917 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 10 m
Distance (Amsterdam – Majuro): 13,216 km
Flight time: approximately 26 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on the Marshall Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Marshall Islands, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to the Marshall Islands. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Weather and climate
The Marshall Islands have a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees all year round. Heavy tropical showers can occur on the islands.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Marshall Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the Marshall Islands can be found at Climate info.
January, February and March are the best months to travel to the Marshall Islands. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
Marshallese and English are both an official language in the Marshall Islands.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival on the Marshall Islands.
A visa is required. You can purchase this upon arrival in the Marshall Islands (valid for 30 days).
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines (also for the Marshall Islands):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting the Marshall Islands, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In the Marshall Islands, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Marshall Islands can be found on our ATMs page.
During our summer time it is 10 hours later in the Marshall Islands.
During our winter time it is 11 hours later in the Marshall Islands.
The Marshall Islands has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for the Marshall Islands can be found on our time difference page.
On the Marshall Islands you must drive on the right.
On the Marshall Islands you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets on the Marshall Islands can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911
It is 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 the Marshall Islands can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Marshall Islands can be found at Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Marshall Islands end in.mh.
Marshall Islands official website: visitmarshallislands.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Marshall Islands is 00692 or +692.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Marshall Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Marshall Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Marshall Islands.
An overview of all public holidays in the Marshall Islands can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations on the Marshall Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Marshall Islands?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Marshall Islands. 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) on the Marshall Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in the Marshall Islands can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Marshall Islands? 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.
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Marshall Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: No maximum permitted alcohol content.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know…
…The Marshall Islands are named after British Captain John Marshall?
…Between 1946 and 1958 numerous nuclear tests were carried out on Bikini Atoll?
…There are 26 airports spread across the Marshall Islands?
…The former island of Elugelab was destroyed in a nuclear test in 1952?
…The economy of the Marshall Islands mainly revolves around fishing?
…The bikini is named after the bikini atoll?