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 Tuvalu - Formalities

Clearance

It is important that yachts do not stop at any of the other islands before clearing in (or out) at Funafuti. If you do so, even for an emergency, you might face difficulties with the police in Funafuti.

Flying the Q flag, anchor off the southern end of Vaiaku by the wharf, for clearance. Go to the government offices (a large 3 story white building), where Immigration are located. Then visit the hospital for health clearance befor visiting Customs at the Commercial port 9a 30 minute walk to the north). The Customs officials may deal with everything in their office, or may want to come out to the yacht. If this is the case, the officials must be ferried in the yacht's own dinghy.

No clearance is possible from 16:00 on Fridays until Monday morning.

For details of anchoring in the lagoon, see Funafuti.

Current policy is that all yachts MUST return to Funafuti for final outward clearance, and yachts are not allowed to stop at any of the outer islands after making final outward clearance.

In the past it was possible to request permission to visit some of the other islands, however this concession has been abused by some yachts and it may no longer possible.

Last updated October 2017.

Immigration

Entry visas are granted on arrival for one month, renewable for a maximum of another three months, if proof of sufficient funds can be shown. The first month is free but subsequent extensions are chargable. See fees for details.

All visitors must have a passport valid for the duration of the standard visa (normally 90 days) plus 90 days beyond departure. This means six months (180 days) will be enough for most cruisers unless special extensions are intended.

At least one fully-blank page is requested in each passport. If getting a visa in advance, two pages are required.

Most nationalities do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Last updated October 2017.

Immigration
Government Offices
Tel:20815
Visa extensions are available from this office.

Customs

Firearms must be surrendered.

Foreign plants and animals must be declared and kept on board. Foreign fruit and vegetable byproducts (seeds) may not be thrown overboard.

Last updated October 2017.

Health

Vaccinations against tuberculosis, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid are advised.

There is a hospital on Funafuti which has an outpatient department, a pharmacist and a dentist. The some of the outer islands have a nurse.

Dengue fever is present in this country. Precautions should be taken in order to avoid infection.

Fees

There is no charge for clearance during working hours.

There is a departure tax of AUS$30 per person.

Visa extensions cost AUS$30 for each month and proof of available funds of at least AUS$2000 must be demonstrated (i.e. a bank statement) each time.

Every island can set its own rules with regards to anchoring fees.

Last updated October 2017.

Restrictions

The drinking of alcohol in public is not permitted.

The following items are prohibited in Tuvalu and may not be confiscated if found on board an arriving yacht: narcotics, pornography, counterfeit goods, cultural artifacts, explosives or explosive materials (fireworks).

Local Customs

Social customs: One should remove shoes before entering church, the maneapa (meeting house) or private homes.

Always try to enter a house from the lagoon side, not the ocean side.

Scanty dress is considered offensive. Women should be covered from the neck to below the knees.

Never stand upright in front of seated people.

Homosexuality is illegal in Tuvalu. Those found guilty of homosexual acts between adult males may face a minimum seven years imprisonment.

Pets

Animals must be declared and kept on board

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