Norfolk Island

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens consult its website daily via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances about visiting Australia or Norfolk Island.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport is valid at the date of their entering the country. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

None (territory of Australia); US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; +(61) (2) 9373-9200; EMER: +(61) (2) 4422-2201; US Consulate General Sydney, MLC Centre, Level 10, 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 911; Fire: 955; Police: 977


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Norfolk Island: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


Subtropical; mild, little seasonal temperature variation

Currency (Code)

Australian dollars (AUD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): I

Plug Type I

Major Languages

English, Norfolk, Fijian

Major Religions

Protestant 46.8%, Roman Catholic 12.6%, other Christian 2.9%

Time Difference

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

Potable Water

Yes, but some opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Emily Bay; Norfolk Island Cemetery; St Barnabas Chapel; Kingston Pier; Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area; Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama; Pitcairn Settlers Village

Major Sports


Cultural Practices

Most shops close on Wednesday, Saturday afternoons, and all day Sunday.

Tipping Guidelines

Tip restaurant staff between 10-15% of the bill if the service is good. Tip taxi drivers around 10%. Bellhops usually received about $2 (USD) per bag.


Hand-woven cloth items, woven baskets, carved statues, landscape art

Traditional Cuisine

Pilhi — sliced bananas or kumeras (sweet potatoes), salt, and flour spread in a baking dish and baked until golden

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: Saturday, September 30, 2023