MICRONESIA

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Country Description: The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), including the islands of Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk, and Yap, is a constitutional democracy in free association with the United States. Its economy is developing, and tourist facilities are available.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information about entry requirements of the Federated States of Micronesia, travelers may consult the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia, 1725 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. The telephone number is (202) 223-4383.

Medical Facilities: Health facilities in the Federated States of Micronesia are adequate for routine medical problems, but are limited in range and quality. Minor problems can be taken care of locally, but serious injuries or illnesses may require medical evacuation. Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Supplemental medical insurance with specific coverage for overseas treatment and medical evacuation may prove useful. Medical evacuation can be very expensive for non-ambulatory patients. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide payment of medical services outside the United States. The international travelers hotline of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be reached at tel: 404-332-4559 or visit the CDC home page on the Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/ for additional health information.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: The overall crime rate in the FSM is low. However, there are occasional incidents of verbal or even physical assaults against foreigners. Local crowds which gather around public arguments sometimes engage in free-for-all fights. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police, and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the Department of State pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad." It is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

Criminal Penalties: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and do not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating the law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and a fine.

Road Safety: With more cars on the road every day, traffic conditions are becoming worse. There are definite "rush hours" at 8:00 a.m., noon and 5:00 p.m. every work day. Traffic police posted at main intersections try to control the morning rush hour, but the noon and afternoon rush hours are chaotic. Drivers often stop their cars without warning to allow a pedestrian to hitch a ride. Roads outside of town, whether paved or unpaved, are likely to be occupied by pedestrians, children and animals.

Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens living in or visiting the Federated States of Micronesia are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia, where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security within the country. The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia is located on Kasalehlie Street (the main downtown street) across from the Agriculture station. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1286, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia 96941. The telephone number is (691) 320-2187. The fax number is (691) 320-2186.

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