Kiribati Guide

Kiribati Guide

Country data

Location: Pacific Ocean

Time zone: CET + 11 (during summer time: CET + 10)

Total area: 811 km²

Land area: 811 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 1,143 km

Capital: Tarawa

Regions: 3
Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands

Electric current: 240 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 686 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: 81 m


Population: approx. 105,000 (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 1.2% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 129

Life expectancy: 63 (male), 68 (female)

Official language: Kiribati, English


  • 56% Roman Catholic
  • 33% Presbyterians
  • 5% Mormons
  • 6% other


Located in the tropical climate zone, Kiribati has a constantly high humidity (around 80%).

All year round, temperatures are around 25-30 ° C. It only cools down slightly at night.

Rainfalls can be expected all year round. These are usually very strong, but often only of short duration.


Currency / finance

Currency unit: Australian dollar (AUD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: unknown

International credit cards: These are rarely accepted by larger hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

The national currency can be imported in unlimited amounts. The export is allowed up to an amount of 5,000 AUD.

An exchange of currencies other than US dollars is rarely possible.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 225 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 21 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

There are strict entry regulations for all plants, animals and animal products. Long quarantine is common.

Travel advice

There is no German embassy in Kiribati. The German embassy in Wellington / New Zealand is responsible.

Behavioral advice

You should boil water before use, as the quality is not always good.

You should have an effective mosquito repellent and always sleep under a mosquito net.


Since the soil is not fertile enough for agriculture, coconut palms are mainly grown.

Tourism has developed as a new important branch of the economy in recent years.

Industries: fishing, handicrafts, tourism

Natural resources: phosphates

Land use:

  • Usable land: 0%
  • Grain cultivation: 51%
  • Pasture area: 0%
  • Forests: 3%
  • other: 46%
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