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Marker Kiribati
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Don't forget to shake hands when greeting - a nod of acknowledgement is common too.

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Marker Nauru
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Don’t forget Nauru is a Christian country, a prayer opens most gatherings. Children are expected to honour and respect their elders. Mothers are particularly honoured.

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Marker Northern Mariana Islands
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Don't forget the locals are on intimate terms with one another - when one encounters an older Chamorro, one need not say much, but is expected to at least nod with a bow or to kiss the elder’s hand briefly as a sign of respect. Casual ”Hellos” consists of raising of the eyebrows only.

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Marker Palau
Business & Communication

Don't forget to shake hands when greeting, but between friends, it’s often a kind of a forearm grab.

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Marker Guam
Social Events

Don't forget food is a significant part of the cultural economy - sharing food is a part of system reciprocity.

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Marker Marshall Islands
Street & Behavioral

Don’t expect any public transportation system, except for the widely available taxis.

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Marker Palau
Street & Behavioral

Don’t forget Palauan society follows a strict matrilineal system - the practices are seen in nearly every aspect of Palauan traditions, especially in funeral, marriage, inheritance and the passing of traditional titles.

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Marker Guam
Business & Communication

Don't necessarily discuss religion. Good conversation starter is "Tell me about the local politics.”

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Marker Kiribati
Business & Communication

Don’t forget eyebrows up (a sign of surprise in many cultures) means yes!

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Marker Kiribati
Business & Communication

Don’t put your feet close to someone head, e.g. when passing someone who is laying down. Placing foot near someone’s head is considered very bad.

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Marker Marshall Islands
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Don’t be surprised by the power of community - it’s a way of social organisation.

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Marker Marshall Islands
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Don’t walk in front of, upwind of, or elevate one’s head above the level of one’s seniors.

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Marker Marshall Islands
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Don't be surprised by a ranked society, where elders rank above young people and chiefs rank above commoners.

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Marker Micronesia
Business & Communication

Don’t remove the ”souvenirs" from sunken World War II vessels and aircrafts - it’s illegal and dangerous as well.

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Marker Micronesia
Business & Communication

Don’t forget the rules of etiquette among locals focus on displays of respect related to kinship, gender, age, political rank, and religious title.

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Marker Micronesia
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Don’t be surprised seeing women walking behind their husbands or serving them first during meals - it’s a sign of respect from them.

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Marker Nauru
Business & Communication

Don’t expect taxis or public transport - there are no, but vehicles can be hired from local suppliers.

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Marker Nauru
Business & Communication

Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Palau
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Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Palau
Business & Communication

Don’t forget that Koror State, where most tourist facilities are located, may enforce a curfew between 2:30 am. and 5:00 am, Monday through Thursday, and between 4:00 am. and 6:00 am, Friday to Sunday, and on national holidays.

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Marker Palau
Business & Communication

Don’t take it wrong raising eyebrows can mean an affirmative answer to a question (not like in other western countries).

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Marker Kiribati
Street & Behavioral

Don’t forget same-sex sexual conduct between men is illegal.

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Marker Kiribati
Business & Communication

Don’t expect locals to be direct communicators - Kiribati culture is all very indirect in communication. It’s best to slow down and let the humour to take over.

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Marker Kiribati
Street & Behavioral

Don’t use your finger for pointing or indicate something - it’s considered rude. Better to use your nose.

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Marker Kiribati
Business & Communication

Don’t touch someone’s head - it’s considered as ”ta-buaki" (bad form).

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Marker Micronesia
Street & Behavioral

Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Northern Mariana Islands
Street & Behavioral

Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Kiribati
Street & Behavioral

Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Marshall Islands
Street & Behavioral

Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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Marker Guam
Business & Communication

Don’t be surprised by occasional typhoons in Guam, especially in August.

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Marker Kiribati
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Don’t forget the wet season lasts typically from November to April.

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Marker Marshall Islands
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Don’t forget the monsoon season runs typically between June and December.

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Marker Micronesia
Business & Communication

Don’t forget the main monsoon season in Micronesia usually runs from June to December.

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Marker Nauru
Business & Communication

Don’t forget the wet season takes place from November to April. Nauru does not experience tropical cyclones due to its proximity to the equator.

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Marker Northern Mariana Islands
Business & Communication

Don’t forget the rainy season usually runs between July and October.

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Marker Palau
Business & Communication

Don’t forget the rainy season takes place from June to December.

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