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Tuvalu Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +12.

Electricity

220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Australian three-pin, flat-blade attachment plugs are standard.

Language

The official languages are Tuvaluan and English; however, Tuvaluan is used far more on a daily basis than English.

Travel Health

Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A and hepatitis B for all travellers. Those who are spending lots of time outdoors and may be at risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination, but in most cases this will not be necessary. Tap water should be avoided unless boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected.

There are no particular health risks associated with travel to Tuvalu, but medical care is extremely limited and even essential medications can be in short supply. Therefore, comprehensive travel insurance is recommended, and all required medications should be brought with, in the original packaging, and with a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what they are and why they are needed.

Local Customs

Social interactions in Tuvalu are friendly and informal. Respect for elders is important. The population of Tuvalu is predominantly Congregationalist, and conservative Christian values are practised.

Duty Free

Visitors to Tuvalu can freely import 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco or cigars; 1 litre of wine or spirits; and 1 bottle of perfume. Although free of duty the following must be declared on entry: any binoculars, still cameras, rolls of unexposed film, portable radios, portable tape recorders, portable type writers and a reasonable quantity of sports equipment.

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