FSM Information Services
Public Service Announcement
ATTENTION FSM CITIZENS STRANDED ABROAD: You Are Entitled to $1,000 Per Single Adult or $1,500 Per Family Application; Here’s How You Apply
PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 10th, 2020, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) finalized its procedures for providing financial assistance to FSM citizens who were traveling back to the FSM but, due to the Nation closing its borders, became stranded abroad, typically in the U.S. Territory of Guam and the U.S. State of Hawaii. As His Excellency David W. Panuelo announced in his State of the Nation address, eligible FSM citizens stranded abroad are entitled to financial assistance streamed from a $300,000 fund for this purpose, which translates to $1,000 per single adult or $1,500 per family application. This release will describe who is eligible to apply for this assistance, and what individuals must do to obtain this assistance.
Eligible applicants must be FSM citizens carrying an FSM passport.
Citizens stranded due to relocation (i.e. their travel was booked and began prior to the Nation’s borders closing) are eligible to apply for assistance.
Citizens stranded due to returning home (i.e. whose travel was booked and originated from the FSM, and were returning to the FSM due to no residency elsewhere) but became stranded abroad are eligible to apply for assistance.
Citizens who have already received financial assistance through other U.S. Federal, FSM National, or Insurance coverage may not be eligible for assistance, but are encouraged to apply as each case will be individually considered and cross-checked through official channels.
Applicants must first complete an application form, provide a copy of their passport biopage for the main applicant (and each additional family member included in the application), and a copy of the itinerary receipt and/or ticket for the main applicant (and each additional family member included in the application). The FSM National Government may request further information if one’s application requires further support and review.
The application form can be found here: https://dofa.gov.fm/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FSM-STRANDED-CITIZEN-APPLICATION-FORM.pdf
The FSM Consulate in Hawaii is located at 3049 Ualena Street, Suite 412 in Honolulu. Their phone number is (808) 836-4775.
The FSM Consulate in Guam is located at 1755 Army Drive Route 16 in Harmon. Their phone numbers are (671) 646-9154 and (671) 646-9155.
Successful applicants can receive either a direct deposit to their Bank of the FSM or Bank of Guam accounts, or a physical check through their local FSM Consulate.
For more information on financial assistance for FSM citizens stranded abroad due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, please visit: https://dofa.gov.fm/assistance-to-stranded-citizen/