The most convenient way to get to Kiribati is by air with frequent scheduled services now available from Nadi in Fiji, Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Honolulu in Hawaii, Sydney, Brisbane and Nauru.
Air Marshall connects Kiribati Majuro, Marshall islands and Air Nauru connects Tarawa to Brisbane, Melbourne, Pohnpei, Guam and Manila via Nauru; and Nadi, Fiji direct. Aloha airline provides a scheduled charter services between Honolulu and Christmas island.
The national airline of Kiribati, Air Kiribati provides Trislander, Y12 and Casa inter-island plane connection several times a week to most of the island. Charter flights can be arranged. For full details contact Air Kiribati Tel: (686) 28088/28165, Fax: (686) 28277.
Buses, taxis as well as rental car services are available at the airport during flight hours.
There are five tourist hotels recommended by the Visitors Bureau in Kiribati. Two are located on South Tarawa, one in Abaiang and two on Christmas Island. It is important to have a secure booking before arrival. Reservations can either be arranged through the Kiribati Visitors Bureau or by contacting the hotels direct. For further information about the Hotels, click here!!!
Rest House, Outer Islands
Numerous rest houses can be found on the majority of other islands. Although they may not be of international standard, they do present an interesting opportunity to experience life on the outer island without modern conveniences. Facilities are basic and it is advisable to radio ahead announcing your arrival date. This may be done in Tarawa through the Kiribati Visitors Bureau office at Betio. Tariff is around $30.00 per night.
The Lagoon Club at Ambo is situated at the most beautiful beach on South Tarawa, where swimming is possible at all times, except during the lowest tide. A traditional "Maneaba" provides shade, while drinks are available at the bar. What was once a formal colonial club with a golf course is now a tranquil relaxed spot to rest your soul. Bring some friends along and use the many recreational activities that are available.
There are no facilities for camping. Picnic sites are however, available on off-lying islets in Tarawa and the outer islands. Visitors are advised to take their litter with them when they leave. Land is privately owned on the outer islands.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas. Once in the country, visitors are advised not to drink unboiled well water. Hepatitis is prevalent and it is wise to take precautions if staying for any length of time. The Tungaru Central Hospital at Nawerewere, on South Tarawa, provides medical services in an emergency. Contact telephone 28100. A pharmacy is located at the hospital but visitors are advised to bring their own medicine with them. A dental service is available at both hospitals in Nawerewere and Betio. Clinics centres are established on most of the outer islands.
All visitors to Kiribati must be in possession of a valid passport and onward ticket and must have proof of sufficient funds to support themselves while staying in the country. Visa is required except for Nationals of Kiribati and of the following countries coming for a stay max. 28 days: Antigua, Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Samoa (Western), San Marina, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, St Keitt-Nevis, St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, United Kingdom (not Northern Ireland), Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe. Holders of passports of the following Commonwealth territories, coming for a stay of maximum 28 days: Bermuda, British, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Gilbralta, Hong Kong, Moniserrat, Niue, Turks, and Caicos. For a stay of maximum 20 days holders of passports issued by the Authorities of American Samoa, Guam, Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, Nationals of Ecuador (max. stay of 20 days), Korea Rep. (South) (max. stay 30 days) Phillippines (max. stay 21 days). Those continuing their onward journey to a third country provided holding documents and tickets with confirmed onward/return reservations to abroad and do not leave the airport. A fee of AUD$40 for single visa and AUD$70 for a multiple visa is applicable for the issuing of the visa. Those on prepared package tour may obtain their visa from Immigration Authorities on arrival. Visitors may upon arrival apply for a visitor's permit entitling them to a stay for a maximum 4 months in any period of 12 months, provided they hold: 1. a visa (if required) 2. Tickets for return or onward travel or sufficient funds to purchase them 3. Adequate funds for self-maintenance during stay.
Free Imports are as follows: 1. 200 cigarettes or 225 gms of tobacco or cigars. 2. One bottle of spirit and one bottle of wine each not exceeding one litre (only for persons of 21 years and over). Duty free but to be declared on arrival, one pair of binoculars, 1 still camera and 6 rolls of unexposed film, 1 portable radio, broadcast receiver, 1 portable tape recorder, 1 portable typewriter and reasonable quantity of sports equipment.
Firearms, ammunition, explosives and indecent publications are prohibited imports. Strict quarantine laws govern the import of plants, or parts of plants, e.g. fruits, tubers, seeds, cuttings, plant products, vegetable matter of soil, clay or earth, animals and/or animal products.
Visitors are not allowed to take out of the country human remains, artifacts of 30 years old or over, traditional fighting swords, traditional tools, dancing ornaments or suits of armour. Conventions The Otintaai Hotel has facilities for conventions of up to 200 participants.