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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Micronesia for information on U.S.-Micronesia relations.
Visit the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) website for the most current information.
You will need a U.S. passport valid for at least 180 days from the time of entry, a completed FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record, and a completed FSM Customs Form in order to enter the FSM. Your air carrier will distribute the FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record and Customs Form before you arrive in the FSM. U.S. citizens may enter the FSM to live, work, or study indefinitely without visas or non-citizen registration requirements per the Compact of Free Association between the Unites States and the FSM. There is no limit to the length of time U.S. citizens can remain in the FSM.
The Federated States of Micronesia imposes departure taxes. which you must pay when you leave each island. For current departure fees visit Micronesia’s Customs Regulations webpage. Please make sure you have cash available, as credit cards are not accepted, and ATM machines are not available at any of the airports. There is no departure fee for U.S. officials traveling on official or diplomatic passports.
Travel on commercial aircraft between states of the FSM is considered to be international travel, and persons who are not citizens of the FSM are required to comply with passport requirements upon arrival in any state of the FSM from a commercial aircraft regardless of the point of boarding.
FSM Travel Letters: U.S. citizens with FSM family ties who reside in the continental United States, Hawaii or its Pacific Island territories Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), should avoid traveling to Chuuk or Yap States with travel letters issued by the FSM Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens who enter the FSM with a travel letter will not be able to exit the FSM without a valid U.S. passport which can only be obtained on Pohnpei. Travelers, including small children, have been stranded in Chuuk or Yap for days and weeks waiting to receive their passport, because the only U.S. Consulate is on Pohnpei.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to the FSM.
o Excercise normal precautions at all times.
o Use extreme caution when boating, snorkeling or diving.
o Be alert to any unusual activity around your home or business.
o Stay indoors after dark and avoid walking on the streets because there are few streetlights.
o Drive with your car windows closed and doors locked.
o Women should travel in groups and walk in well-lit areas.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.
Victims of Crime:
Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas and activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. Divers should check on hyperbaric chamber functionality with a reputable international dive organization before diving in FSM. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.
See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be deported, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Natural Disasters: FSM is subject to typhoons, flooding and mudslides. The Pacific cyclone season extends from November through March. For information about crisis preparedness, see our webpage on Crisis Abroad: Be Ready, the Department of Homeland Security, and the CDC pages.
See the following webpages for details:
LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in the FSM; however, Micronesian society is conservative, and the LGBTQI+ community remains very discreet in general. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility and accommodation, if available, are vastly different from what you find in the United States. Neither laws nor regulations mandate accessibility to public facilities, services, or accommodations for persons with mobility issues. There are few sidewalks and streetlights in the FSM. There is no public transportation. Taxis are run by independent operators who make no provision for people with mobility issues. The national Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities; however, they rarely take action to enforce these measures.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Only basic medical care is available, and only on the main islands of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Health care facilities in the FSM consist of state-run hospitals on each of the four major islands and a few scattered clinics. There is a lack of medical infrastructure for treating trauma cases, especially those involving extreme sports. Medical evacuation assistance is available only by air. Due to the remoteness of the islands, assistance can take days to arrive and is expensive. There are no daily commercial flights on Chuuk, Yap or Kosrae. Because flights often sell out, finding last-minute seats is difficult.
For emergency services in the FSM, dial 911.
Ambulance services are not widely available.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
Medication: Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. The government does not provide a list of medications that cannot be brought into the FSM, but travelers bringing medication should have a doctor’s note prescribing the medication. Please review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website on purchasing medicine overseas.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Health facilities in general:
Pharmaceuticals: U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
General Health Language
The following diseases are prevalent:
Road Conditions and Safety:
Public Transportation: There is no public transportation. Taxis are available in the FSM, but you should always be careful, because many taxi drivers are reckless, do not have government issued drivers licenses, and are known to take advantage of single women. Taxis are often shared; very few taxi drivers accept single fares.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in the FSM, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of the FSM’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners should check the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration site for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts, the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and NGA broadcast warnings. FSM requires all foreign pleasure vessels to check in with immigration and customs upon mooring in the FSM.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard has determined that effective anti-terrorism measures are not in place in FSM ports and has imposed conditions of entry on vessels that arrive in U.S. ports having visited ports in FSM. Mariners and passengers on commercial vessels traveling through the ports of FSM should exercise increased caution.