The official language is Tuvaluan (a Polynesian language), as well as English.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

03/14/2022 Commonwealth Day

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/18/2022 easter monday

04/23/2022 day of the bomb

01.08.2022 National Children’s Day

10/01/2022 Tuvalu days

10/21/2022 Hurricane Day

14.11.2022 birthday of the heir to the throne

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas


Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Tuvalu duty-free: 200 cigarettes (persons over 18 years of age); 1 liter of spirits or wine (over 18s). Note: The following items can also be imported duty-free, but must be declared upon entry: 1 pair of binoculars, 1 video camera, 1 film camera with 200 m film, 1 camera with 6 rolls of film, 1 MP3 player, 1 portable radio, 1 laptop/typewriter, sports equipment for personal use.

Prohibited Imports

Pornographic products, pure alcohol, drugs and intoxicants, weapons and ammunition, animals. Declaration obligation for plants and animal products (these are subject to quarantine regulations). More information is available from

Contact addresses

Consulate General of Tuvalu
Elisabethenstrasse 42
+41 (0)58 290 90 00 or +41 (0)79 834 69 70. Honorary Consulate of Tuvalu
Ohlendorfer Straße 39a
+49 (0)4185 707 02 99.

Mon-Thu 09.00-17.00, Fri 09.00-15.00.

Embassy of Tuvalu

(Also responsible for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.)

Avenue Eduard Lacomblé 17, 2nd floor
+32 (0)2 742 10 67.


Business etiquette

Business dealings are formal, punctuality is a matter of course. Business hours: Mon-Thu 7.30am-4.15pm, Fri 7.30am-12.45pm.

Business contacts

Tuvalu Co-operative Society Ltd PO Box 11, Funafuti Tel: 2 07 47.



Autodial Long Distance Service.


Main provider: Tuvalu.TV (Internet:

Post office

According to, airmail to Europe takes 5-10 days to arrive, possibly longer. Postal services are sometimes unreliable.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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