Republic since 1990. Gained self-governing status (in free association with the USA) in 1986.
Head of state:
President Iroij Jurelang Zedkaia, since 2009.
110 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs are USA two-pin style.
The Marshall Islands form a nation of scattered atolls and remote islands, which are known for their marine life and diving opportunities. Many of the atolls are dotted with Flame of the Forest, hibiscus and different-coloured plumeria flowers. There are also at least 160 species of coral surrounding the islands.
The uninhabited atolls are noted for their coconut and papaya plantations and for pandanus and breadfruit trees.
Most visits to the Marshall Islands are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: