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Nauru

Nauru: At a glance

Capital: Yaren

Population: 13,649

Official languages: English, Nauruan

Time zone: Nauru Time

Emergency #: 118117

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Nauru: Travel Health Information

The tiny island of Nauru is known for its white-sand beaches and coral reef. Nauru’s beaches offer many opportunities for game fishing and scuba diving. Command Ridge - Nauru’s highest point - offers views of the island’s tropical vegetation and coastline.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Nauru may differ from your home country. Nauru has both a small public healthcare system and a few private providers. Due to the island’s small size, access to medical care is limited – there is one public hospital and one private hospital. The quality of medical care can vary, but is generally reported to be inadequate and does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Nauru require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Australia 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 Nauru.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to a pharmacy in Nauru is limited. Nauru imports all prescription medicines and shortages of medications are common. Make sure you travel with an adequate supply of essential medications.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Nauru’s 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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

There is one main road in Nauru that is paved and maintained, but all other roads are unpaved and may be poorly maintained. Pedestrians and wandering wildlife may pose a risk to drivers, especially at night. Seat belts and helmets are not required by law but should be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles and motorcycles at all times for safety. In Nauru, traffic drives on the left.



Nauru: At a glance

Capital: Yaren

Population: 13,649

Official languages: English, Nauruan

Time zone: Nauru Time

Emergency #: 118117

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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