US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens Reconsider Travel to Micronesia due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. A visa is not required.

US Embassy/Consulate

+(691) 320-2187; EMER: +(691) 920-2369; US Embassy Kolonia, US Embassy in Kolonia, PO Box 1286, Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM 96941 Federated States of Micronesia;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Local numbers only


A valid international certificate of vaccination is required for travelers coming from a region infected with small pox, yellow fever, or cholera. See WHO recommendations.


Tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage

Currency (Code)

US dollar is used

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

120 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B

Plug Type APlug Type B

Major Languages

English, Chuukese, Kosrean, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 54.7%, Protestant 41.1%, Mormon 1.5%

Time Difference

UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Nan Madol; Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon; Kepirohi Falls

Major Sports

Baseball, soccer

Cultural Practices

The islands are known for their stick dancing traditions. All the islands revere their extended family connections and clan system.

Tipping Guidelines

Meals are generally inexpensive so tipping by rounding up is appropriate. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.


Shell jewelry, woven baskets and mats, navigational stick charts, wooden monkeyman statues, replica canoes

Traditional Cuisine

Kelaguen — chicken, meat, or raw seafood marinated in lemon juice, salt, and hot peppers topped with coconut and scallions; the chicken or other meat is grilled while the seafood is prepared raw and “cooked” for only a few hours in lemon juice

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2022