Quick Overview

Capital: Nukunonu
Population: 1,499
Official languages: English, Tokelauan
Time zone: Tokelau Time
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: No
Climate Info

Tokelau: Travel Health Information

This remote group of coral atolls is known for its crystal blue waters and lagoons – perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visitors can also enjoy traditional cultural dance performances during holidays and special events.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Tokelau may differ from your home country. Tokelau has a public healthcare system. Each of the three atolls of Tokelau has a small 12-bed hospital. Due to the country’s small size and limited resources, the quality of medical care is basic. Any specialized care or medical emergency will require travel to Samoa or in some cases, New Zealand. There is no airstrip so evacuations take place by boat and can be difficult to organize. It can take upwards of 24 hours to sail to Samoa.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Tokelau typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Samoa or New Zealand may be required for specialized care or 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 Tokelau.

Pharmacies and medications

Tokelau receives their pharmaceuticals from New Zealand. However, due to limited transportation to the island, there are frequent shortages of medications and specialized medication may not be available.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Tokelau’s 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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

Tokelau has no paved roads and no motor vehicles. Travel to or from Tokelau, or between the atolls, can only be done by boat.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica. Tokelau.
  • World Health Organization. Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Tokelau.
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