Republic in free association with the USA since 1986.
Head of state:
President Christopher Loeak since 2012.
120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs are used (sometimes with a third grounding pin).
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.
Last updated: 17 December 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.
British nationals now require a visa to visit the Marshall Islands. A 30-day visit visa is available on arrival at the airport.
There is no British diplomatic representation in the Marshall Islands. Consular assistance is provided by the British High Commission in Suva. If you intend to stay in the Marshall Islands for an extended period, you should register with the British High Commission.
Most visits to the Marshall Islands are trouble-free.
There is a low threat from terrorism.
The Marshall Islands are vulnerable to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, cyclones, floods and severe droughts.