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Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands: At a glance

Capital: Majuro

Population: 53,127

Official languages: Marshallese, English

Time zone: Marshall Islands Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Marshall Islands: Travel Health Information

The Marshall Islands – a string of volcanic islands and low-lying coral atolls – are an ideal location for scuba diving. Visitors can dive in the lagoons of Bikini Atoll, the coral reef off Kwajalein Island, and explore the wreckage of Kabilok freighter. History-loving tourists can also visit the Alele Museum and Public Library to see artifacts of early Marshallese life.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in the Marshall Islands may differ from your home country. Marshall Islands has a public healthcare system. Due to the small size of the islands, there are only two hospitals – one in Majuro and another in Ebeye. In the outer atolls, there are 58 healthcare centres providing basic medical care and services. The quality of medical care in the hospitals is adequate and meets international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in the Marshall Islands typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in the Marshall Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

The Marshall Islands have three pharmacies all located in Majuro. Prescription medicines may be limited, so you should pack an appropriate amount of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with the Marshall Islands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Majuro Atoll has one main road that is paved and generally well maintained, but it has no traffic lights or signage, which may pose a risk to travellers. All other roads on the islands are unpaved and may be poorly maintained and unlit. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.



Marshall Islands: At a glance

Capital: Majuro

Population: 53,127

Official languages: Marshallese, English

Time zone: Marshall Islands Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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