Cocos Keeling - General Info
Many shops have irregular opening hours.
Australian dollar (Aus$)
There is now an ATM at the Resource Centre on West Island. It accepts all cards, with a maximum withdrawal of $100 – however you can use your card numerous times.
Most businesses on West Island accept credit cards (except Diners and Amex) and several now have EFTPOS facilities.
Changing currency is very difficult, so best arrive with plenty of Australian dollars.
International dialing code for Cocos Keeling is +61.
The internet is delivered via satellite to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and is accessed through a wireless system from CIIA. There is no Telstra network on island.
There are several ‘hotspots’ located around West Island and a hotspot on Direction Island. Wifi vouchers can be purchased from the Cocos Islands Community Resource Centre or online via their website with a credit card (see http://www.cocos.crc.net.au/Services/Pages/default.aspx#)
Mobile phones from mainland Australia will not work on Cocos. Mobile phones are available for hire from the Cocos Keeling Islands Community Resource Centre. Due to no Telstra network on Island, they offer phones connected to the CIIA network. See the above link for more details.
Public phones are available and are located on both West Island and Home Island.
Postal services to Cocos are twice weekly. Envelopes and Express Post Packages will be sent by air. Other mail, including airmail packages, will be sent via sea mail which may take up to two months for delivery.
Last updated July 2015.
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Cocos Keeling Islands - Official Tourist Board Website
September 2015: Update on formalities and fees from Susan Bright.
July 2015: Clearance details checked and updated from CK Tourist Board website.
July 2015: Publication updated.
January 2014: All formalities checked.
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