Tokelau Travel Guide & Country Information

Tokelau Overview( source: cia factbook )



9 00 S, 172 00 W


1,416 (July 2009 est.) country comparison to the world: 232


Congregational Christian Church 70%, Roman Catholic 28%, other 2% note: on Atafu, all Congregational Christian Church of Samoa; on Nukunonu, all Roman Catholic; on Fakaofo, both denominations, with the Congregational Christian Church predominant


Tokelauan (a Polynesian language), English


tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November)


lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: unnamed location 5 m


lies in Pacific typhoon belt

Background Tokelau:

Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889. They were transferred to New Zealand administration in 1925. Referenda held in 2006 and 2007 to change the status of the islands from that of a New Zealand territory to one of free association with New Zealand did not meet the needed threshold for approval.

Exchange Rate: 1 NZD equals ( source: )

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Vaccinations ( source: )

Summary of recommendations:All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers
TyphoidFor travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels
Hepatitis BFor travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months
RabiesFor travelers who may have direct contact with animals and may not have access to medical care
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given
Tetanus-diphtheriaRevaccination recommended every 10 years




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