Pitcairn Islands

Quick Overview

Capital: Adamstown
Population: 67
Official languages: English, Pitkern
Time zone: Pitcairn Time
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No
Climate Info

Pitcairn Islands: Travel Health Information

Pitcairn Islands are an isolated territory consisting of four volcanic islands. The country draws a small number of tourists every year who visit to explore the remote island’s beaches and hiking excursions.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Pitcairn Islands may differ from your home country. Pitcairn Islands has a small public healthcare system financed by the United Kingdom. There is one modern and well-equipped medical centre with a resident doctor providing routine care. Due to the country’s small size and population, Pitcairn Islands relies heavily on Tahiti and New Zealand for healthcare services, including all hospital services. There is no airport in Pitcairn Islands so medical evacuation - when necessary – can be difficult to organize and require at least 2 days of sailing.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Pitcairn Islands typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Tahiti or New Zealand may be required for routine medical or surgical care and medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Pitcairn Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals in Pitcairn Islands is very limited. The country relies on New Zealand for supplies of medicine. Travellers should pack an adequate supply of any essential medication for the duration of their trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Pitcairn Islands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

There is one paved road in Pitcairn Islands. Most people choose to walk, but vehicles have become more popular in recent years. Rugged terrain may pose a risk to drivers and pedestrians.

  • Government of the United Kingdom. Pitcairn Islands.
  • McGill University. Pitcairn Islands.
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pitcairn Islands.
  • World Health Organization. Our Work in Pitcairn Islands.
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