Nauru is considered one of the least visited countries in the world. This tiny island located in the Pacific arguably receives less than 300 people per year. While many neighboring countries allow visa-free access for many nationalities, getting a visa for Nauru can be challenging.

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This is a quick guide on how to get a visa for Nauru in 4 easy steps

But first, who needs a visa for Nauru?

The majority of travellers planning to visit will need a visa for Nauru. Unless you are from one of the 15 lucky countries with a free visa on arrival.

Free visa for Nauru on arrival is available to 15 nationalities: Fiji, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, and the United Arab Emirates.

66 other nationalities can apply for a visa with simplified procedures ( see below for the list). Other nationalities will also need to submit a criminal record and certificate of medical fitness.

How to get a visa for Nauru in 4 easy steps - Nauru Airport

How to get a visa for Nauru – The main airport in Nauru

How to get a visa for Nauru in 4 easy steps:

Step 1: Confirm your requirements via email

For all Nauru visa applications, send an email request to Nauru Immigration. Please email the director of the immigration office Mr Rajeev Keerthiyil at [email protected] or [email protected]  

For most up-to-date information check the Government of Nauru website.

You will receive an email back, stating what is required to apply.

Step 2: Email all required documents

To apply for your visa for Nauru, you will need the following:

  • A complete application form (this form is provided by the embassy via email)
  • A scanned copy of your passport bio page.
  • A scanned passport photo (take a photo of your passport photo and email it)
  • Travel tickets/Itinerary towards & return from Nauru. Also, provide copies of the itinerary/ticket if you are visiting other pacific Islands/countries apart from Nauru. You can get a flight itinerary from your travel agent. Or use Expedia.com to book a refundable ticket.
  • Hotel booking confirmation. We booked at the Menen Hotel as it was the only hotel that wrote back. We ended up cancelling the reservation and booking this Airbnb near the airport (here’s a $55 discount code from us).
  •  Document to prove your current employment/occupation (If you are unemployed, you’ll need to provide a bank statement)

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How to get a visa for Nauru – You will receive your visa via email

Step 3: When approved, make a payment

Once they receive the above-mentioned documents, they will review the documents first. Once approved, they will provide you with an invoice for visa fee payment.

The cost of a visa for Nauru is AUD 50 for a one-month single entry visa. The bank details for the money transfer will be available on the invoice. The processing time after receiving complete documents is around 1 week. However, most travellers reported it takes 2-4 weeks so apply early. Some visitors got their visas only a few days before the entry to Nauru.

The best way to pay, (unless you have an Australian bank account) is to use Transferwise.

Just an FYI, the fee for journalists is AUD$8,000. The website says, “The Media visa application fee is non-refundable should your application be unsuccessful.”

Nauru Airlines
The only airline that connects Nauru with the rest of the world is Nauru Airlines

Step 4: Recieve your Visa Grant Notice

Once you email your proof of payment for the visa, you should receive the visa grant notification letter within 24 hours. You are ready to go!

Upon arrival in Nauru, your visa will be stamped into your passport.

For more information on how to get other tricky visas, check out our Visa page.