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Christmas Island gets its name from Captain William Mynors who passed it on his ship on Christmas Day 1643.
Christmas Island has 411 recorded plant species with 18 of them being native. The territory also has 20 varieties of crabs and eight species or subspecies of sea birds. Birds like the Abbott’s Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird are endangered species which make their homes on the island.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Christmas Island. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Christmas Island: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Chikungunya is also on the island. Take steps to protect yourself with mosquito repellent and netting.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
As a part of Australia, the Christmas Island follows that countries entry requirements. A visa, or electronic travel authority, is required for travel.
For more information, see our Australia visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Christmas Island has a warm, tropical climate with even temperatures year round.
Humidity in the territory is around 80 to 90% with tradewinds coming from the southeast.
The wet season is from November to April, with storms and some swells during the period. February is the wettest month.
The dry season is from May to October.
April is the hottest month with temperatures in the 70’s. Temperatures only fluctuate between the high-60’s and low-80’s all year long.
Due to Christmas Island’s terrain, it is important to be safe when hiking and exploring. Keep to tracks, visitor areas, and roads – it is very easy to get lost in the rainforest. Carry plenty of drinking water and small snacks with you. Always follow instructions and advice from park rangers and pay attention to signs.
Some roads are meant for four-wheel-drive only, with steep, narrow or slippery sections. You should also watch out for crab migration over roads.
Remember that beaches are not patrolled by lifeguards. You must watch out for swell, rips, undertows, and large waves yourself. The only beach location Parks Australia recommends is Flying Fish Cove.
Christmas Island has 40 species of crabs. The most famous is gecarcoidea natalis, the Christmas Island red crab. Around 40-50 million red crabs live on the island. Though many are a charming bright red, some are orange with a few rare purple crabs existing as well.
Most of the year the crabs like to stay in the many shady spots of Christmas Island. But, once a year the red crabs come out in hordes to migrate to mate. The most common months for this spectacular event range are October to December. But, it can sometimes be later in January.
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All Americans visiting the Christmas Island should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
There is no embassy on Christmas Island, but the Australian embassy serves the island.
U.S. Embassy Canberra
Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6214-5600
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