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Tuvalu

Tuvalu: At a glance

Capital: Funafuti

Population: 11,192

Official languages: English, Tuvaluan

Time zone: Tuvalu Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Tuvalu: Travel Health Information

Tuvalu is known for its natural landscapes and ecotourism. The Funafuti Marine Conservation is a popular attraction for tourists, where visitors can see numerous species of fish, coral, and witness green sea turtles in the wild.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Tuvalu may differ from your home country. Due to the Tuvalu’s size, the healthcare sector is very small and extremely limited.Healthcare is publicly funded and provided. There is one hospital in Funafuti and small health clinics providing basic routine care on the other islands. Travellers typically have to evacuate the country for any specialized care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Tuvalu typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for specialized care and 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 Tuvalu.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals is limited in Tuvalu. However, medicines that are available may be accessible over-the-counter rather than by prescription only. Make sure to bring an adequate supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

Main roads in Funafuti are paved and well maintained, but all other roads are generally unpaved and may be poorly maintained. Seat belts and helmets are not required by law but should be worn for safety at all times. In Tuvalu, traffic drives on the left.



Tuvalu: At a glance

Capital: Funafuti

Population: 11,192

Official languages: English, Tuvaluan

Time zone: Tuvalu Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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