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 Wallis and Futuna - Formalities

Clearance

It is necessary to check in with Customs and with the local Gendarmerie (Immigration). Formalities are straightforward and there are no fees. See each island's clearance section for further details.

Both sets of officials must be visited before departure, including if going on to another island in the group.

Last updated August 2017.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

All visitors (it is uncertain as to whether this includes French citizens) require a passport.

Even though an overseas territory of France, it is not a member of the EU, nor part of the Schengen Area Agreement.

If a visa is required, note that the visa application must specify "France + Wallis and Futuna".

Yachts on a short visit are often exempt from visa requirements. Visits are normally limited to 30 days.

Last updated November 2015.

Customs

Firearms must be sealed on board.

Yachts may stay a maximum of six months in a 12 month period without paying duty.

Last updated November 2015.

Health

Vaccinations against typhoid and tetanus are advised. Precautions should also be taken against hepatitis B.

Healthcare is totally free, no questions asked nor ID requested. The islands are equipped with a hospital, dispensary and pharmacies and a brand new MRI scan.

Local Customs

These islands have held on to their strong traditions and every aspect of daily life is still driven by the “Coutume” (ancestral tradition). The village chiefs, the nobles and the King are the forces that drive the traditional side of the Island; everyone has their own place in society from birth, to your rights to a funeral. This makes for a very well-structured community with its own code of values.

This is a Matriarchal society where women have an important role in their family and are the key to the entire household.

Pets

All animals must have a Rabies Vaccination Certificate

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SeaNote
SeaNote says:
Aug 08, 2016 08:22 PM

2016/08 Wallis Radio only monitor 16 now, Michel Soula is no longer there. Navionic chart plotter was very accurate and the tide and current charts are spot on. The small boat customs is right on the docks now, you don't have to walk the 1 1/2 km to get to them, although the police do indicate that you have to walk up there YOU DO NOT, that is a customs office but is for importing goods. The anchoring information remains correct.

belissima
belissima says:
Jun 01, 2015 01:16 AM

2015/05 : Wallis Radio is effective on Chanel 09 in the south and Channel 22 in the east part of the lagon. Michel Soûla will give you indications on the best places to anchor according to the weather. Mata Utu, Gahi, Halalo, or West of Faioa. Michel is watching on the motor boats which are going outside the lagon for fishing and hé has an AIS to follow you and help you If necessary.

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