In 1892 The Gilbert and Ellice Islands became a British protectorate with the seat of administration in Tarawa.  Several more islands were annexed and in 1916 the territory was changed from a protectorate to a colony.

The first steps toward self-rule were taken in the early 1970's leading to the separation of the Ellice Islands (now known as Tuvalu) in 1976 and the establishment of Internal Self-Government in The Gilbert Islands in 1977.

Complete independence was attained on 12th July 1979 and the new state of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribass) came into being. 

Kiribati is a group of 33 islands, with a total land area of only 310 square miles, sprinkled over two million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.  The remoteness of these islands from the rest of the World is the biggest problem facing the new nation, and at the same time, its greatest asset, for the peaceful lifestyle of the Gilbertese people is exceptional in an increasingly hectic World


Stamp Issuing Policy

The Kiribati Philatelic Bureau was enlarged in July 1978 when the country became independent and has since been further enlarged to service the demand from collectors throughout the world.

To ensure that the stamps of Kiribati become, and remain, an essential part of any discerning philatelist's collection, the following stamp issuing policy has been laid down and will be adhered to at all times:

1.  Unless exceptional circumstances decree otherwise, no more than six Special or Commemorative issues, and souvenir sheets commemorating philatelic exhibitions as appropriate. will be released in any one year.

2.  'Pemanent" definitive stamps should have a life of 3-5 years before replacement.

3.  Face values of all stamps should reflect postal and economic demands.

4.  The stamps of Special and Commemorative issues will generally remain available for one year from issue and then be withdrawn from sale.  Only on rare occasions involving sssues of major international importance will this period be exceeded.

5.  Special and Commemorative issues should only be made as a on a subject of specific relevance to Kiribati.

Small quantities of most issues are overprinted 'SPECIMEN' specifically for circulation to the editors of philatelic publications etc.  Where any such 'SPECIMEN' stamps remain surplus to requirements, they will be distributed amongst Standing Order Account customers.

Standing Order Account

There is no better way of making sure that you obtain all New Issues of Kiribati than by becoming a Standing Order Account customer.

By simply ensuring that your account remains in credit at all times you will.

.be sure of automatically receiving all New Issues.

.not have to make separate payments for each issue

.receive free Newsletters keeping you in touch with Bureau activities and giving advance information on future issues

Methods of payment are detailed below, but please do remember that which ever method of payment you choose you must keep your account in credit at all times to be sure of getting the best from your Standing Order Account.

How to send your deposit

Customers are strongly advised to make all remittances to the bureau in Australian currency.

We are happy to accept deposits and paymets by the following methods.

                                                                        Bank draft
                                                                        Certified cheque
                                                                        British Postal Order
                                                                        Personal cheque

We regret that we cannot accept payment in stamps, reply coupons, or coins.

In your own interests we recommend that bank notes be sent by registered post.

Please send all remittances to:

                                                    The Bureau Manager
                                                    Kiribati Philatelic Bureau
                                                    GPO Box 494
                                                    Republic of Kiribati
                                                    Central Pacific

                                                     Fax No 686 26193