Federated States of Micronesia Country Report
Potential visitors to the Federal States of Micronesia (population 107,000) should anticipate both very good and less-than-ideal conditions during their stay depending on the circumstances of their trip. All travelers to this Pacific archipelago should be aware of the somewhat paradoxical nature of this nation before planning any trip to the country.
On a positive note, crime rates are low and violence is rare.
On the other hand, tourist infrastructure (hotels, etc.) is relatively scarce, as are medical facilities. In case of a serious health issue, a medical evacuation abroad should be seriously considered.
Health risks are not insignificant. Typhoid, dengue fever, cholera, and filariasis are all present in the country. While tourists are not usually exposed to these diseases, they should nevertheless follow basic hygienic measures (wash hands regularly and thoroughly) and protect themselves against mosquito bites.
Micronesia’s is situated, on average, only 1 m (3.3 ft) above sea level and is therefore highly vulnerable to changes in sea levels caused by climate change. Furthermore, the country is at risk for cyclones between June and December, with a peak in storm activity occurring in August and September. Between April and May 2015, three typhoons hit the country (five killed during Super Typhoon Maysak: several thousand people evacuated). During such events, significant disruptions to transportation services on the islands often occur and last-minute flight cancelations cannot be ruled out.
The last legislative elections took place in March 2015. The next general election will be in the spring of 2019.
Roads - unpaved outside of cities - are usually in sub-standard condition. Public transit (buses) are available on Yap Island. Travel between islands is done by boat.
Divers should note that there are decompression chambers on Yap and Chuuk. Swimmers should note that ocean currents are often much stronger than they first appear.
Micronesia has a tropical climate with relatively steady temperatures throughout the year. Conditions are generally hot and humid but cooling winds often pass over the archipelago. The wet season lasts from May to October. Cyclone season lasts from June to December, with a peak of storms striking in late August/early September.
Useful NumbersCountry Code: +691 in Chuuk, Kosrae et Yap Emergency Services: 911 in Pohnpei Emergency Services: 320-221
Voltage: 120 V ~ 60 Hz