Last updated: 6 Jan 2022

Federated States of Micronesia


The Federated States of Micronesia boast some of the clearest-blue seas you'll ever encounter, with white, crumbly sand shores. In islands such as Chuuk, are shallow and vast lagoons of incredible beauty, filled with shipwrecks and colourful coral.

See the states most important historical sites: The Spanish Wall; the Catholic Bell Tower in Pohnpei; the Japanese Wartime Communication Centre at Xavier High School in Chuuk; the ancient ruins of Nan Madol in Pohnpei; and the ruins of INSARU in Kosrae.

Explore Pohnpei's magnificent waterfalls, with pools ideal for bathing. Two of the most beautiful are Kepirohi and Sahwartik. A 20-minute ride out of Kolonia is the Nanpil River and a large natural pool. On the same river are the spectacular Liduduhniap Twin Waterfalls.
Capital:  Palikir (Pohnpei) (PNI)
Currency:  US Dollar (USD)
Language:  English; Micronesian languages, including Chuukese, Kosrean, Pohnpian and Yapese, are widely spoken.
Dialling code from SA:  +691
Time Zones: UT/ GMT + 10 (8 hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2022:

Jan 1; Mar 31; May 10; Oct 24; Nov 3, 11, 23 Dec 25, 26

Best Time to go: Year-round
Best For: Island life
Plugs: 120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs are of the flat two-pin type, sometimes with a third grounding pin.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: Doctors may require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance.  Medical facilities are well-equipped.  Note that there are only a few decompression chambers amoung the islands.
Customs: Permission should always be sought before taking photographs. 
Customs on Yap: Women should cover their thighs when in public places. Long shorts (down to the knee) or sarongs are fine, as are jeans or slacks. Men should also not wear shorts that are "too short".  Swimwear should be reserved for the beach / pool. For women, don’t squat in public as it is considered improper and disrespectful. 
Local Offences / Laws: You may need permission before entering islands.  

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 07/09/2021

The Federated States of Micronesia closed its borders and suspended international travel.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter the Federated States of Micronesia if they have travelled from a country with confirmed cases of Covid-19.
    • This does not apply to nationals of the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for:
    • Health workers who are visiting the Federated States of Micronesia to assist with Covid-19;
    • Government officials;
    • Passengers who are escorting human remains;
    • Passengers entering the state of Pohnpei holding a 'Certificate of Qualified Entry into the State of Pohnpei', provided they hold a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure and a copy of their Covid-19 vaccination record if they have been vaccinated;
    • Diplomats, provided holding 2 negative Covid tests obtained prior to departure and having completed a 14 day pre-quarantine at a hotel prior to departure.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

South African citizens do not require a visa for Micronesia for a tourist visa for a stay of up to 30 days. All travellers need a passport valid for a min of 6 months following your departure date from Micronesia.
Ensure that the passport has at least 2 blank pages, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. Passengers are to be in possession of a return or onward ticket to a destination outside of the FSM. All visitors arriving in the FSM must have and present proof of citizenship or nationality by possessing a valid passport or other travel document issued by the government of the country of citizenship or nationality.

Upon arrival, all non-citizens without a valid entry permit must present a completed "FSM Immigration Arrival and Departure Record." This form is furnished by a carrier prior to arrival at the point of entry. Those wishing to visit the FSM for a period exceeding 30 days must also complete a entry permit. A permit is not required for a person visiting the FSM for 30 days or less.

At the discretion of the Chief of Immigration & Labour, in lieu of a ticket, the visitor may present any other form of proof to show that the non-citizen will be able to leave the FSM upon expiration of the visit or otherwise.

For more information on any aspects relating to entry into, or immigration to, the FSM, please contact:

Chief, Division of Immigration & Labour
Department of Justice
FSM National Government
PO Box PS-105
Palikir, Pohnpei FM 96941
Tel: 691.320.5844/2605
Fax: 691.320.7250/6240

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio