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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: 23 April 2014

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’s no British diplomatic representation in Kiribati. The British High Commission in Suva, Fiji provides consular assistance for British nationals in Kiribati. In a case of emergency the Australian High Commission in Kiribati may be able to help.

There is a low threat from terrorism.  

Most visits to Kiribati are trouble free. However, petty theft can occur and you should take care with personal possessions. Women travelling on their own should take care, particularly at night.

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