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Wallis and Futuna (France)

Capital: Mata-Utu

Time Zone: +12 hours.
Tel. Country Code: 33
USADirect Tel.: 0
Electrical Standards: Electrical current is 230/50 (volts/hz). Grounding Adaptor Plug D.

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World Health Organization
Travel Health Services
Country Insights
Travel Warnings
Consular Information
Foreign Commonweatlh Office


The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, which oversees the U.S. Consular Agent in French Polynesia, can also provide assistance for U.S. citizens. 

• U.S. Embassy
31 Loftus Street
Suva, Fiji
Tel: [679] 3314-466
Fax: [679] 3302-267 
Information may also be obtained by visiting the U.S. Embassy home page at 

There is no resident Canadian Diplomatic Mission in Wallis and Futuna Islands. Routine consular matters are covered by the Canadian Embassy in New Zealand.

• High Commission of Canada
125 The Terrace
Wellington, New Zealand
Tel: [64] (4) 473-9577
Fax: [64] (4) 471-2082

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

• British High Commission
Victoria House
47 Gladstone Road
Fiji Islands
Tel: [679] 311 033
fax: [679] 330 1406

Entry Requirements

HIV Test: Not required.

Required Vaccinations: None required at the present, but travelers should call the French Consulate in their country to verify requirement, if any.

Passport Information

Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands, is a Polynesian French island territory (but not part of, or even contiguous with, French Polynesia) in the South Pacific between Fiji and Samoa. It is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands and a number of tiny islets. The territory is split into two island groups lying about 260 km apart:
• Wallis Islands (Uvea), in the north 
• Wallis Island (Uvea) 
• Hoorn Islands (Futuna Islands), in the south 
• Futuna 
• Alofi 

Mata-Utu is capital of the external Territory Wallis and Futuna.

Vaccinations: Recommended and Routine

Hepatitis A: Recommended for all travelers >1 year of age not previously immunized against hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B: Recommended for all non-immune travelers at potential risk for acquiring this infection. Hepatitis B is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. Travelers may be exposed by needle sharing and unprotected sex; from acupuncture, tattooing or body piercing; when receiving non-sterile medical or dental injections, or unscreened blood transfusions; by direct contact with open skin sores on an infected person. Recommended for long-term travelers, expatriates, and any traveler requesting protection against hepatitis B infection.

Influenza: Vaccination recommended for all travelers >6 months of age who have not received a flu shot in the previous 12 months.

Typhoid: Recommended for all travelers with the exception of short-term visitors who restrict their meals to hotels or resorts.

Hospitals / Doctors

All travelers should be up-to-date on their immunizations and are advised to carry a medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat travelers diarrhea or other infections. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity to last for the duration of their trip; they should not expect to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies in this country - the equivalent drugs may not be available or may be of unreliable quality.
• Travelers are advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with specific overseas coverage. Policies should cover: ground and air ambulance transport, including evacuation to your home country; payment of hospital bills; 24-hour telephone assistance. In the event of a serious illness or injury that can't be treated locally, every effort should be made to arrange medical evacuation to Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii.

Medical care is limited. There is one hospital and three dispensaries on Wallis, and one hospital and two dispensaries on Futuna. 

• Wallis Hospital comprises an emergency room, a 21-bed medical ward, a 16-bed surgical ward, two operating rooms, one delivery ward with two delivery rooms, laboratory, X-ray unit, ultrasound, an outpatient ward, and a pharmacy. 
• Futuna Hospital has an emergency room, a 15-bed medical ward, ob/gyn ward, laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound unit, and a pharmacy.

Destination Health Info for Travelers

AIDS/HIV: A small number of AIDS cases and HIV infections have been reported from various areas. At the present, AIDS is not considered a major public health problem in Oceania. About 0.4% of the adult population in Oceania is living with HIV. (Source:
• Transmission of HIV can be prevented by avoiding: sexual contact with a high-risk partner; injecting drug use with shared needles; non-sterile medical injections; unscreened blood transfusions.
• The threat of HIV/AIDS should not be a primary concern for the traveler. However, there may be a concern for a subset of travelers who may be exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through contact with the body fluids or blood of another person. Although travel has contributed in a general way to the global spread of AIDS, fear of traveling because of this disease is not warranted.

Accidents & Medical Insurance: 

Dengue Fever: This disease is endemic in this country and throughout the Pacific. Dengue outbreaks in Wallis and Futuna were reported in 1976 (Type I), 1988 (Type II) and 1989 (Types II and III). The last outbreak started in September 2002. In 2004, 41 dengue cases were reported.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-transmitted, flu-like viral illness widespread in Oceania. Symptoms consist of sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash. A syndrome of hemorrhagic shock can occur in severe cases. 
• Dengue is transmitted via the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes feed predominantly during daylight hours. All travelers are at risk and should take measures to prevent daytime mosquito bites. Insect-bite prevention measures include applying a DEET-containing repellent to exposed skin and applying permethrin spray or solution to clothing and gear. 
• There is no vaccination or medication to prevent or treat dengue. 

A dengue fever map is at:

Hepatitis: All travelers not previously immunized against hepatitis A should be vaccinated against this disease. Hepatitis A is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Travelers who will have access to safe food and water are at lower risk. Those at higher risk include travelers visiting friends and relatives, long-term travelers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation. 
• Hepatitis E may be endemic, but levels are unclear. Transmission of HEV occurs primarily through contaminated drinking water. In developing countries, prevention of HEV relies primarily on the provision of clean water supplies and overall improved sanitation and hygiene. There is no vaccine.
• The overall hepatitis B (HBsAg) carrier rate in the general population is estimated at 8% or higher. Hepatitis B is transmitted via infected blood or bodily fluids. Travelers may be exposed by needle sharing and unprotected sex; from non-sterile medical or dental injections, and acupuncture; from unscreened blood transfusions; by direct contact with open skin lesions of an infected person. The average traveler is at low risk for acquiring this infection. Vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for: persons having casual/unprotected sex with new partners; sexual tourists; injecting drug users; long-term visitors; expatriates, and anybody wanting increased protection against the hepatitis B virus.
• Hepatitis C is endemic but levels are unclear. Most hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread either through intravenous drug use or, in lesser-developed countries, through blood contamination during medical procedures. Over 200 million people around the world are infected with hepatitis C — an overall incidence of around 3.3% of the population of the world. Statistically, as many people are infected with HCV as are with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Insect-Borne Diseases: Filariasis and Japanese encephalitis are potential risks but no current data are available. All travelers should take personal protective measures against mosquito and insect bites.

There is no risk of malaria in this country.

Marine Hazards: 

Rabies: This country is presumed to be free of rabies but there is little surveillance information. 
Prompt medical evaluation and treatment of any animal bite is essential, regardless of vaccination status. 

Travelers' Diarrhea: Medium risk. Water supplies should be considered potentially contaminated. Outside of hotels and resorts, we recommend that you boil, filter or purify all drinking water or drink only bottled water or other bottled beverages and do not use ice cubes. Avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products. Do not eat raw or undercooked food (especially meat, fish, raw vegetables—these may transmit intestinal parasites, as well as bacteria). Peel all fruits.
• Wash your hands with soap or detergent, or use a hand sanitizer gel, before you eat. Good hand hygiene helps prevent travelers’ diarrhea. 
• A quinolone antibiotic, or azithromycin, combined with loperamide (Imodium), is recommended for the treatment of diarrhea. Diarrhea not responding to antibiotic treatment may be due to a parasitic disease such as giardiasis, amebiasis, or cryptosporidiosis. 
• Seek qualified medical care if you have bloody diarrhea and fever, severe abdominal pain, uncontrolled vomiting, or dehydration.

Typhoid Fever: Typhoid vaccine is recommended by the CDC for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in Oceania, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water. Current vaccines against Salmonella typhi are only 50-80% protective and do not protect against Salmonella paratyphi, the cause of paratyphoid fever. (Paratyphoid fever bears similarities with typhoid fever, but the course is generally more benign.) Travelers should continue to practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions, even if vaccinated.