Nauru International Airport
The Republic of Nauru is the least visited country in the world, so Nauru International Airport was undoubtedly going to play a role in the YPT Least Visited Countries Tour, what I did not realise was just how much! I’m writing this now on my 5th time at the airport. Nauru is the hub between all the islands, whereas you are flying with Nauru Airlines/Air Nauru, you are required to get off the plane.
So you’d think there would be a lot of things to do right?
Can you transit Nauru International Airport? Is there a transit area at Nauru International Airport?
You can and WILL transit Nauru International Airport if you are island hopping between places like Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, or the Marshall Islands, regardless of if you are planning to travel to Nauru. The layover is usually less than 2 hours too, so there is no concept of a transit visa either. With tourism to Nauru, you are either in, or you are out!
The transit area is the same as the departure area, be prepared to be seriously underwhelmed.
What are the facilities like at Nauru International Airport?
There’s a gift shop with not too much going on, some shirts and handicrafts, as well as a fridge selling chocolates for AUD $4, or soft drinks for AUD $2.
There’s a first class lounge, but lounge key does not work in there. Even if it did, there is not all that much going on anyway.
If you are traveling to the country, there is a cafe next door. If you want to know the opening times to the cafe at Nauru Airport, feel free to email and ask me, as whilst I was traveling in Nauru, they texted my local sim to tell me the times!
Is there free internet at Nauru International Airport?
Such an easy one to answer! NO! Although they sell local Nauruan sim cards after arrival, except for when they don’t have them, which is all the time.
Are there power points at Nauru International Airport? Can I charge my phone at Nauru International Airport?
If you don’t mind charging in the toilets!
Can you smoke at Nauru International Airport?
There are lots of signs that say “No Smoking Area”, but no designated smoking areas. Can smoke directly outside the airport.
Review of Nauru International Airport
Actually as bad as I make it sound, for an island of 10,000 people, and the world’s least visited country, it could be a lot worse.
The main issue is that there is literally nothing to do at Nauru International Airport, but if you want to travel around the Pacific, get some music in your iPhone, or go old school and bring a book.
Nauru International Airport is an unavoidable stop off when using Nauru Airlines to travel around the Pacific and the least visited countries in the world.