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: 23 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 level of crime in the Marshall Islands. However, there have been reported incidents of petty crimes, including break-ins and non-violent theft. Take precautions to protect your belongings.
You should wear the appropriate safety equipment before engaging in water sports and take local advice on safety at all times when diving, snorkelling or other adventure sports.
International roaming is not currently available in the Marshall Islands. This means that your UK mobile phone will not be usable.