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Wallis and Futuna, Oceania

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Travel advice for Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna is located in Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand.

Land in Wallis and Futuna is volcanic origin; low hills.

Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander land covers an area of 274 square kilometers which is 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

As for the Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander climate; tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees C.

Wallisian(s), Futunan(s), or Wallis and Futuna Islanders speak Wallisian 58.9% (indigenous Polynesian language), Futunian 30.1%, French 10.8%, other 0.2% (2003 census).

Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander National Map

Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander Map

Regions of Wallis and Futuna

The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory.

The economy is limited to traditional subsistence agriculture, with about 80% labor force earnings from agriculture (coconuts and vegetables), livestock (mostly pigs), and fishing. About 4% of the population is employed in government. Revenues come from French Government subsidies, licensing of fishing rights to Japan and South Korea, import taxes, and remittances from expatriate workers in New Caledonia.

Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander natural resources include NEGL

both island groups have fringing reefs

Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander religion is Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%.

Natural hazards in Wallis and Futuna include NA.

Travel Advice on Wallis and Futuna

Wallis & Futuna Islands

This advice has been reviewed and reissued.  The overall level of the advice has not changed.

SUMMARY

  • The Wallis and Futuna Islands are a French Overseas Territory.  There is no formal British diplomatic or consular representation.  The General section of this travel advice gives you more information.

  • Most visits to Wallis and Futuna Islands are trouble-free.  We are not aware of any British nationals who have required consular assistance in Wallis and Futuna during the past year.

  • The threat from terrorism is low.  But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

  • Although the risk from crime is also low, it does exist and you should take normal common-sense precautions.

  • Most visits to Wallis & Futuna Islands are trouble-free.

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling to Wallis & Futuna Islands.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.  Please see:  Travel Insurance.


SAFETY AND SECURITY

Terrorism

The threat from terrorism is low.  But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. Please read the  Security and General Tips and Risk of Terrorism when Travelling Overseas pages for further information and advice.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Wallis and Futuna Islands are an Overseas Territory (Territoire d'outre-mer) of France.  If you are a British Citizen or British Subject with Right of Abode in the UK, you will not need a visa to enter Wallis and Futuna.  Other British passport holders should confirm the current entry requirements with the nearest French Diplomatic mission.  All British passport holders require a valid passport.  There is no minimum passport validity requirement but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the proposed period of your stay.

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.  For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the French Embassy in London, 58 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7JT, tel:  020 7073 1000.  Website:  http://www.ambafrance-uk.org.


HEALTH

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling to Wallis and Futuna Islands.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.  Please see:  Travel Insurance.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not provide any health cover in Wallis and Futuna Islands.

You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date.  For further information on health, check the Department of Health website at:  www.dh.gov.uk.


GENERAL

If things go wrong when overseas, please see:  What We Can Do To Help.

There is no resident British Diplomatic Mission in Wallis and Futuna Islands.  Routine consular matters are covered by the British Embassy in Paris.  In case of real emergency, the British High Commission in Fiji, may be able to provide some assistance: Victoria House, 47 Gladstone Road, PO Box Suva, Fiji Islands; (tel:  +679 311033; fax:  +679 330 1406).