The National Disaster Committee (NDC) is in the process of finalizing the criteria for essential departures following the temporary suspension of non-essential departures of RMI Citizens on 28 Aug 2020 that was needed to eliminate unnecessary outbound travel during a time where many RMI Citizens are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the United States. The criteria for exemption to travel out of the RMI will be posted on the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Website and NDMO Facebook and aired on V7AB on Thursday, 10 September. 

In addition for an outbound traveler to meet any of the criteria, he/she is required to attend a COVID-19 Pre-Departure Orientation, coordinated between the Office of the Chief Secretary (OCS), the Ministry of Health & Human Services (MoHHS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MoFAT), Immigration, and the International Organization of Migration (IOM). During this orientation, travelers will fill out a form, provide their supporting documents for their stated purpose of travel, attend a presentation by MoHHS on current epidemiology stats for each traveler’s destination and ways to protect oneself from COVID-19 throughout transit and upon settling at final destination. IOM will also be present to educate travelers on current quarantine and lockdown measures relevant to a travelers’ itinerary / destination. 

Essential Travel criteria includes reuniting, with immediate family members (immediate family members are spouse, biological child, legally adopted child, and parents; treatment for life threatening medical condition, including pregnancies; seeking education for high school and college levels only, departure of stranded non-RMI residents; funeral of immediate family members, etc. 

Citizens with essential travel are required to attend this orientation in order to have their names on the List of Approved Travel in which the Department of Immigration will use at the airport on the day of departure. The very first COVID-19 Pre-Departure Orientation is scheduled for Monday 9/14/2020, 2:00 pm, at the International Convention Center (ICC). Naturalized Marshallese who intend to return to their countries of birth/residence and dual citizen Marshallese traveling with a foreign passport are not subjected to the above-listed criteria. 

For queries or further information, please call Majuro OCS (Penny Kabua) at 625 5150 or email at: or Ebeye OCS (DCS Abacca Anjain-Maddison) at 329-6470 or email at:


International Outbound Travel (Criteria)

Outbound Travel Departure form (English)

Pepa in Driwojlok  (Marshallese)