Micronesia Travel Information

The Basics

Local Customs

Customs and social etiquette in Micronesia is underpinned by non-assertive, respectful behaviour. Visitors should ensure at all times that they behave in a humble fashion, and especially, that they do not indulge publicly in bawdy or sexual conduct. Visitors should also be prudent when taking photographs - always ask permission before taking someone's photo, and do not be surprised if they refuse. Do not click your tongue (as in frustration or disappointment), as this is considered a form of swearing in Micronesia. Male visitors should not rub their bellies, nor beckon someone toward them with their palm facing skyward - both actions are construed as sexual overtures. Finally, it is considered inappropriate for women (foreign or not) to be alone in public - female visitors to Micronesia should make sure they have a travel-mate to accompany them when out and about.

Duty Free

Travellers to Micronesia 18 and older may import up to 600 cigarettes/454g cigars or tobacco, and a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use. Visitors 21 and older may have two litres of liquor. Guns and ammunition are prohibited, and plants and animals must be declared on arrival.

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