Republic of Nauru
FACT SHEET (for visiting media personnel)
Nauru is a small oval shaped island north-east of Australia. It
lies 42 kilometres south of the equator.
A coral reef surrounds the entire island which is dotted with
Population - approx. 10,000 including non-Nauruan population of
The resumption of phosphate mining and exporting in 2005 gave
Nauru's economy a much needed boost. The secondary deposits of
phosphate have an estimated remaining life of about 30 years.
Nauru gained Independence on 31 January 1968.
Nauru's flag: The white 12-pointed star represents Nauru and the
12 tribes. The gold strip represents the equator and the blue
background being the vast Pacific ocean which surrounds Nauru.
requirements for visiting media personnel: must send an
email request to enter Nauru for media related work. Email to be
sent to the director of the immigration office Mr Rajeev
, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Required documents for
visa application: A completed visa application form, scanned
copy of passport/details page, letter from employer stating reason
for trip, and payment of the AUD$8000 media visa application
The Media Visa application fee is non-refundable should your
application be unsuccessful.
- Please note that immigration officials at the airport will take
your passport upon arrival for processing at the office and will be
returned later in the day or the following morning.
Australian dollars is the legal tender in Nauru. Foreign exchange
at any outlet will be difficult.
Cash is the only form of payment in Nauru. Credit/debit
cards are not accepted. There are a few ATMs on the island. There
is a Nauru Agency of the Bendigo Bank on island and is located at
the Civic Centre in Aiwo District.
There are two hotels - one is government owned and the other is
family owned. There are other accommodation options (unit type)
that are privately owned. Please advise your preference and details
can be forwarded on to you.
Generally around high 20s - mid-30s. Summer clothing
clothing/casual wear acceptable but if making appointments with
Government officials or attending church services, it is
recommended to dress appropriately.
Swimsuits are not a norm in Nauru, swimmers can either wear a
sarong over them or shorts.
There is no public transport. Car hire is recommended. Please
advise and company details will be forwarded to you.
SIM cards may be purchased from the main office of the mobile phone
provider - Digicel.
Internet connection is available either from using the internet
café at the Civic Centre or from Digicel; Wifi in selected spots;
you can also purchase modems.
Media Bureau houses the TV station, radio station and monthly
Office (GIO): The GIO produces and publishes Government
press releases and the government newsletter, Nauru Bulletin.
For general information contact email@example.com
The President of Nauru is the Head of State and Head of
Government - His Excellency President Baron Waqa, MP
The President's portfolios are:
Chairman of the Cabinet, Public service, Foreign Affairs &
Trade, Police, National Emergency Services, Commerce, Industry and
Environment, Climate Change
Hon. David Adeang,
Minister Assisting the President, Finance and Sustainable
development, Justice, Multicultural Affairs, Eigigu Holdings
Corporation, Nauru Air Corporation
Hon. Valdon Kape
Minister for Health, Transport, Sports, Port Authority,
Hon. Aaron Stein Cook,
Minister for, Ronphos, Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation, Nauru
Hon. Charmaine Scotty,
Minister for Education, Home Affairs, Land Management
Hon. Shadlog Bernicke,
Minister for Telecommunications & Media, Nauru Phosphate
- There are 19 publicly elected Members of Parliament (MP).
- Elections are compulsory and are conducted every three (3)
- The public elects the MPs in their respective constituencies;
the 19 MPs elect a President; the President elects his
- Fruit trees are coconut, mango, pawpaw, lime, breadfruit, sour
sop, pandanus. The indigenous hardwood is the tomano tree.
- There are a variety of flower trees/plants but the most widely
used/favoured are the franjipani, iud, hibiscus, irimone (jasmine),
eaquañeiy (from tomano tree), emet and yellow bells.
- Nauruans eat a variety of seafood but fish is still a favourite
food of Nauruans - raw, dried, cooked.
- 4 Infant schools.
- 3 primary schools (including the Catholic school).
- 2 secondary level schools (Nauru Secondary School and Nauru
- 1 school for the able/disabled.