Stay Safe in Kiribati
Kiribati is a relatively safe location to visit. However, being outdoors after dark in Beito or along the beach in South Tarawa may be dangerous, particularly for lone ladies. However, almost all issues are caused by intoxicated men rather than professional criminals.
When going about, ordinary common sense applies.
On the roadways, caution should be used since traffic may include pigs, toddlers, dogs, and buses all competing for road space.
Stay Healthy in Kiribati
Do not consume water that has not been boiled or filtered. Chemical therapy is not advised since it may not be effective in preventing giardiasis. The lagoon (particularly near Beito) is highly polluted, which may cause the whole island section to stink at times. Before stepping out in the water at any place on South Tarawa, regardless of how tempting it seems, always ask first. This is also an excellent concept for other islands. Get a hepatitis A vaccine and make sure you’re up to date on all your other immunizations, ideally several weeks ahead of time. Mosquitoes may be extremely annoying at times, so apply insect repellent. Bring your own bug repellant and sunscreen, since neither is accessible locally. Also, don’t anticipate any necessary medicines to be accessible. (Some are, but you never know what they are or when they will be.)
There is no malaria, although dengue fever epidemics (mosquito-borne) do occur from time to time. Locally caught fish may cause food illness (ciguatera), therefore take additional precautions. Ciguatera cannot be avoided by boiling or freezing the fish. Even the tiniest cut, sore, or insect bite should be treated right once since they may quickly become infected.
Medical evacuation insurance is strongly advised for Kiribati. Many of the outlying islands lack an airport, making any kind of evacuation time-consuming and difficult.