Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Marshall Islands –

The Marshall Islands drives on the right hand side of the road. I’ve seen conflcting information on driving licence requirements for foreign visitors. I’m unable to find anything ‘official’ from the local authorities and have seen reports that a local licence needs to be obtained to drive here. I have also seen accounts which say that your own photo licence is sufficient, providing it’s written in Roman alphabet. If anyone can confirm the rules, please let me know. Maximum speed limit is 40kmh and may be lower in buil-up areas.

The Marshall Islands comprises of 29 coral atolls with 90% of the population living in Delap-Uliga-Djarrit on Majuro Atoll, and Ebaye in Kwajalein Atoll, and these atolls have only 70km of paved roads.

Its virtually impossible to get lost on Majuro atoll as it has only one main road running from D-U-D to the village of Laura at the Western end of the atoll. It’s paved, but there are few traffic signs and no traffic lights. Expect to encounter dogs, chickens, pigs and pedestrians in the road at all times. There are few streetlights so avoid driving at night to avoid these likely hazards in the road.Similarly on Ebaye, there is a one way ring road which runs around the island and can be driven in it’s entirety in 15 minutes!

Drinking and driving is common, especially on the weekends, which is another reason to avoid driving at night. Traffic moves slowly, rarely over 25 miles per hour. Some roads experience temporary flooding after heavy rains and thhe Marshall Islands are vulnerable to hurricanes and cyclones so keep an eye on weather forecasts or ask locals for advice on the weather so you’re not caught out.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Marshall Islands Car Rental

Hertz seem to have a franchise in Majuro though it didn’t seem to be bookable online when I tried.

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