Wordtravels

Wordtravels

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.

Become our Tuvalu Travel Expert

We are looking for contributors for our Tuvalu travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Tuvalu or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.

  URI STRING  
/Travelguide/Countries/Tuvalu/basics
  CLASS/METHOD  
countries/index
  MEMORY USAGE  
1,498,672 bytes
  BENCHMARKS  
Loading Time Base Classes  0.0560
Controller Execution Time ( Countries / Index )  0.0960
Total Execution Time  0.1524
  GET DATA  
No GET data exists
  POST DATA  
No POST data exists
  DATABASE:  globe_media   QUERIES: 35   
0.0005   INSERT INTO `ci_sessions(`session_id`, `ip_address`, `user_agent`, `last_activity`) VALUES ('603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7''54.166.53.169''CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'1417149220) 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = 'a:1:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0006   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = 'a:2:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Tuvalu\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0007   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417149220, `user_data` = 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Tuvalu\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0006   SELECT *
FROM (`config_categories`)
WHERE `type` = 'left'
AND `parent_category_idIN (SELECT id FROM config_categories WHERE link "/countries")
AND `
display_order` != '0'
ORDER BY `display_order
0.0087   SELECT `province_code`, `province_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`provincesp)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `p`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Tuvalu'
ORDER BY `p`.`province_name
0.0028   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Tuvalu"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Tuvalu"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0024   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Tuvalu"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Tuvalu"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0013   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Tuvalu'
AND `attr_ski_chk` != "Yes"
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0012   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Tuvalu'
AND `attr_ski_chk` = 'Yes'
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0012   SELECT `iata_code`, `name`, `url_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`port_of_callpc)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `pc`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Tuvalu'
ORDER BY `pc`.`name
0.0009   SELECT *
FROM (`config_nodescn)
JOIN `config_nodes_categoriescnc ON `cnc`.`node_id` = `cn`.`id`
WHERE `cnc`.`category_idIN (select id from config_categories where link "/basics")
ORDER BY `cn`.`position`, `cnc`.`display_order
0.0059   SELECT `id`, `headline`, `via_title`, `via_link`, `body`, `event_date`, `end_date`, `anchor_link`
FROM (`news`)
WHERE `for_pro` = 1
AND `end_date` >  '2014-11-28'
AND `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Tuvalu") 
0.0009   SELECT *
FROM (`tour_operators`)
WHERE `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Tuvalu")
AND `
show_in_column` = 1
ORDER BY 
`show_in_columnDESC, `name
0.0033   SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Tuvalu" 
0.0023   SELECT from tourop_list WHERE destinations LIKE '%TV%' ORDER BY id DESC 
0.0006   SELECT `country_code`
FROM (`countries`)
WHERE `country_name` = 'Tuvalu' 
0.0134   SELECT d.id AS destination_idd.overview AS destination_overviewd.extended_overview AS destination_extended_overviewd.photo as destination_photod.*, c.*, 'Tuvalu' AS country_nameLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.timed.electricityd.languaged.healthd.tippingd.safetyd.businessd.communicationsd.duty_free)) AS basicsLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.embassy_consulate_usd.embassy_consulate_ukd.embassy_consulate_cad.embassy_consulate_aud.embassy_consulate_ird.embassy_consulate_nz)) AS contacts(SELECT money FROM destinations WHERE country_code "TV" ) AS money(SELECT LENGTH(CONCAT_WS(passport_visaentry_req_usentry_req_ukentry_req_caentry_req_auentry_req_irentry_req_nz))
 
FROM destinations WHERE country_code "TV" ) AS visa(SELECT group_concat(id) FROM public_holiday p WHERE p.country_code "TV" order by p.weight desc) AS public_holiday(SELECT count(*) FROM tour_operators t where t.country_code d.country_code) AS num_tour_ops(SELECT count(id) AS total_rows FROM tourop_list tl WHERE tl.destinations LIKE ("%TV%")) AS num_tour_operators(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM port_of_call pc WHERE pc.country_code d.country_code) AS ports_of_call(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS cities(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS regions(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM resorts WHERE major_resort AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_resort DESCname ASC) AS resorts(SELECT count(*) FROM dmcs WHERE country_code d.country_code) AS num_dmcs(SELECT concat(caption" © "copyright) FROM images WHERE filename d.photo) AS photo_copyright(SELECT count(*) FROM airports ai where ai.nfuwt != AND ai.country_code d.country_code) AS num_airports(SELECT count(*) FROM events e where e.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country 1) AS num_events(SELECT count(*) FROM activities where region_city_code "0" AND country_code d.country_code) AS num_activities(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND excursion "No") AS num_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND show_on_kids AND excursion "No") AS num_kids_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND excursion "Yes") AS num_excursions(SELECT phrases FROM phrase_book pb where pb.country_code c.country_code AND phrases != "") AS num_phrases(SELECT count(*) FROM image_bridge ib LEFT OUTER JOIN images i ON ib.image_id=i.id WHERE ib.destination_code c.country_code) AS num_photos(SELECT count(*) FROM hospitals h where h.country_code c.country_code) AS num_hospitals
FROM 
(destinations d)
LEFT JOIN countries c ON c.country_code d.country_code
LEFT JOIN provinces pr ON pr
.province_code d.province_code
WHERE 
`c`.`country_name` = 'Tuvalu' 
0.0005   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1417149220user_data 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Tuvalu\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0005   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1417149220user_data 'a:4:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:6:\"Tuvalu\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";s:6:\"region\";s:0:\"\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '603c7deed7a09a5a104bb8c8b00389f7' 
0.0013   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Tuvalu'  
0.0007   SELECT i.*, e.fullnamee.bioe.pic FROM interviews i INNER JOIN experts e ON i.expert_id e.id
INNER JOIN countries c ON i
.spatial_id c.country_code WHERE i.interview_type 'country' AND c.country_name 'Tuvalu' 
0.0004   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Tuvalu'