Kiribati Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
malaria no
cholera no
yellow fever 1
Typhoid & Polio Yes
Eat Drink 2


Medical care in the country does not correspond to Central European conditions; you have to reckon with cutbacks. Hospitals and emergency care can only be found in the capital. Sufficient worldwide health insurance coverage and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required from all travelers (including transit travellers) who want to enter the infected areas designated by the WHO within 6 days of their stay and are over one year old. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas. [2] Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. eating pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general.



1 Australian dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: A$, AUD (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5, coins in denominations of A$2 and 1 and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

Credit cards

Credit cards (Mastercard and Visa only) are only accepted by a few hotels and car rental companies on the Tarawa Atoll. Further information from the issuer of the relevant credit card. ATMs are available at Bank of Kiribati/ANZ branches in Betio, Bairiki and Bikenibeu (on the Tarawa Atoll).


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. However, this is not possible on every island. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can occasionally be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers Checks are accepted in Kiribati at a No1 Currency Exchange office in South Tarawa.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.30 a.m. – 03.00 p.m. The branch in Bikenibeu is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

Unlimited import of local currency. Export of local currency only up to A$5,000. Unlimited import and export of foreign currencies.

Currency Exchange

In the Bank of Kiribati Ltd. or in hotels possible.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
Aud A$ 1 EUR = 1.44 A$
1 CHF = 1.71 A$
1 USD = 1.38 A$

Kiribati Money