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Kiribati Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

811 sq km (313 sq miles).

Population

103,248 (2013).

Population density

127.3 per sq km.

Capital

Tarawa.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1979.

Head of state

President Anote Tong since 2003.

Head of government

President Anote Tong since 2003.

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz. Australian-style flat three-pin plugs are used.

White sandy beaches and crystal-clear lagoon waters characterise the Republic of Kiribati: 33 coral islands scattered across the Pacific. Kiribati is remote, and the tourism industry remains very much in its infancy.

However, with the isles peppered with swaying coconut palms, swathed in balmy breezes, and waters glistening in every direction, it is hard to feel anything other than intense holiday escapism.

While lazing on desolate beaches is a huge draw, Kiribati does have an increasing population of both human and wild life.

Capital Tarawa is fast becoming one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific, while Christmas Island, stretching for almost half the land mass of Kiribati, is carpeted with lakes and ponds great for game fishing, and boasts some of the largest colonies of birds.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 03 May 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

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