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General map of Marshall Islands

Medical Summary

The health risk information presented here is summarized from Shoreland Travax®, a decision-support tool used by health care providers to perform a detailed health risk analysis based on specific locations, individual travel styles, and traveler risk behaviors. Travax provides practitioners current, independently researched malaria risk and prevention recommendations in a map-based format that goes beyond the annual WHO and CDC statements included here. Not included here are current reports from Travax of disease outbreaks or environmental events that may pose elevated risks to travelers’ health and safety. The Providers section of this site offers a directory of health care providers who utilize Shoreland Travax for travel health counseling. Learn more about the detailed reports and maps available from these practitioners (includes links to samples).

General Information

Marshall Islands is a developing nation but is in the upper half of the world's economies. Located approximately halfway between Hawaii and Australia in the Pacific Ocean, its climate is tropical.

Immunizations

Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.

Malaria

See also: Library article for Malaria

The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)

No statement given.

CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)

Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.

Other Concerns

Travelers' Diarrhea

See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea

Moderate risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.

Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.

Other Food-Borne Illnesses

Precautions to prevent seafood poisoning may be needed.

Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases

Chikungunya, dengue, Zika may pose a risk. Personal protective measures are important.

Other Disease and Health Risks

Additional concerns include helminths, leptospirosis, marine hazards, tuberculosis.

Consular Advice

The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.

Terrorism Risk

No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.

Crime

Low risk of violent crime (sexual assault) exists throughout the country, mainly in remote areas (particularly beaches) and in and near bars and nightclubs.

Low risk of petty crime exists throughout the country, mainly in hotels. Theft of valuables from unattended vehicles and/or accommodations is common.

Water Safety

Basic safety standards for recreational water activities (including scuba diving and snorkeling) are often not in place.

Transportation Safety

Low risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is < 7 per 100,000 population, the lowest risk category. Speed laws are poorly enforced.

Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.

Natural Disasters

The rainy season is from November through April, coinciding with the typhoon season. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.

Consular Information

Selected Embassies or Consulates in Marshall Islands

  • United States: [+692] 247-4011; mh.usembassy.gov
  • Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Marshall Islands.
  • United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Marshall Islands.
  • Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Marshall Islands.

Marshall Islands's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries

  • In the U.S.: www.rmiembassyus.org
  • In Canada: Marshall Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
  • In the U.K.: Marshall Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
  • In Australia: Marshall Islands does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.

Visa/HIV Testing

HIV testing is required to obtain a work or residence visa.