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Q: Do I need a visa to travel to Saipan?

A: That's the most frequently-asked question we get here at DestinationSaipan. You can skip to the chart below to find the answer. However, here is some additional information to help you understand the chart.

1. The first thing to know is that the immigration for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI; which includes Saipan, Tinian and Rota) is handled by the United States. Saipan is US commonwealth. Therefore, all the rules that apply for entry into the US mainland also apply to Saipan.

However, because Saipan is unique, there are a few exceptions:

2. There are 36 countries (see "Eligible Countries") for which the visa requirement is waived (in other words, a visa is not needed). If your country is on this list, you DO NOT need a visa. (symbol = )

3. There are 6 additional countries (See "Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program") that are part of a special visa waiver program. If your country is on this list, you also DO NOT need a visa. For example, citizens of Mainland China and Russia can still visit the Northern Mariana Islands in a parole arrangement for up to 45 days." (symbol = )

4. If you see this symbol , you will be issued what's called a "visa upon arrival" at the airport on Saipan. All you need are your valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration, and an onward/return ticket which shows you intend to depart Saipan, CNMI.

CONCLUSION: If your country of passport is not on any of the above groups, then it is most likely that you need to apply for a visa for your trip to Saipan. (symbol: ) Contact the US embassy and/or consulate in your country of passport.



The Chart for "Do I need a visa for Saipan?"

If you are a citizen of, and/or traveling on the passport from the following country, here is the answer to that question:


Key:

STOP! You need to apply for and get a visa BEFORE you can enter Saipan, Tinian or Rota.

GO! You DO NOT need to apply for and get a visa BEFORE you can enter Saipan, Tinian or Rota.

Flag Short Name Long Name VISA REQUIRED? Comment
Flag of Afghanistan Afghanistan Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Aland Islands Aland Islands Åland Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Albania Albania Republic of Albania
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Algeria Algeria People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of American Samoa American Samoa American Samoa
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Andorra Andorra Principality of Andorra
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Angola Angola Republic of Angola
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Anguilla Anguilla Anguilla
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Antarctica Antarctica Antarctica
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Argentina Argentina Argentine Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Armenia Armenia Republic of Armenia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Aruba Aruba Aruba
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Australia Australia Commonwealth of Australia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Austria Austria Republic of Austria
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Republic of Azerbaijan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bahamas Bahamas Commonwealth of The Bahamas
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Kingdom of Bahrain
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh People's Republic of Bangladesh
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Barbados Barbados Barbados
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Belarus Belarus Republic of Belarus
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Belgium Belgium Kingdom of Belgium
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Belize Belize Belize
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Benin Benin Republic of Benin
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bermuda Bermuda Bermuda Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan Kingdom of Bhutan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bolivia Bolivia Plurinational State of Bolivia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Botswana Botswana Republic of Botswana
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Bouvet Island Bouvet Island Bouvet Island
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Brazil Brazil Federative Republic of Brazil
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of British Indian Ocean Territory British Indian Ocean Territory British Indian Ocean Territory
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Brunei Brunei Brunei Darussalam
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Republic of Bulgaria
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Burundi Burundi Republic of Burundi
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cambodia Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon Republic of Cameroon
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Canada Canada Canada
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Cape Verde Cape Verde Republic of Cape Verde
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Central African Republic Central African Republic Central African Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Chad Chad Republic of Chad
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Chile Chile Republic of Chile
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of China China People's Republic of China
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Christmas Island Christmas Island Christmas Island
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Cocos (Keeling) Islands Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Colombia Colombia Republic of Colombia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Comoros Comoros Union of the Comoros
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Congo Congo Republic of the Congo
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cook Islands Cook Islands Cook Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica Republic of Costa Rica
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cote d'ivoire (Ivory Coast) Cote d'ivoire (Ivory Coast) Republic of Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Croatia Croatia Republic of Croatia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Cuba Cuba Republic of Cuba
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Curacao Curacao Curaçao
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Republic of Cyprus
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Denmark Denmark Kingdom of Denmark
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Djibouti Djibouti Republic of Djibouti
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Dominica Dominica Commonwealth of Dominica
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador Republic of Ecuador
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Egypt Egypt Arab Republic of Egypt
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of El Salvador El Salvador Republic of El Salvador
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Eritrea Eritrea State of Eritrea
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Estonia Estonia Republic of Estonia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Malvinas) The Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Fiji Fiji Republic of Fiji
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Finland Finland Republic of Finland
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of France France French Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of French Guiana French Guiana French Guiana
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of French Polynesia French Polynesia French Polynesia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of French Southern Territories French Southern Territories French Southern Territories
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Gabon Gabon Gabonese Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Gambia Gambia Republic of The Gambia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Georgia Georgia Georgia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Germany Germany Federal Republic of Germany
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Ghana Ghana Republic of Ghana
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Greece Greece Hellenic Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Greenland Greenland Greenland
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Grenada Grenada Grenada
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guadaloupe Guadaloupe Guadeloupe
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guam Guam Guam
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guatemala Guatemala Republic of Guatemala
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guernsey Guernsey Guernsey
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guinea Guinea Republic of Guinea
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Guyana Guyana Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Haiti Haiti Republic of Haiti
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Heard Island and McDonald Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Honduras Honduras Republic of Honduras
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Hungary Hungary Hungary
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Iceland Iceland Republic of Iceland
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of India India Republic of India
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia Republic of Indonesia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Iran Iran Islamic Republic of Iran
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Iraq Iraq Republic of Iraq
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Ireland Ireland Ireland
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man Isle of Man
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Israel Israel State of Israel
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Italy Italy Italian Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Japan Japan Japan
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Jersey Jersey The Bailiwick of Jersey
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Jordan Jordan Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Republic of Kazakhstan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kenya Kenya Republic of Kenya
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kiribati Kiribati Republic of Kiribati
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Republic of Kosovo
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kuwait Kuwait State of Kuwait
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Laos Laos Lao People's Democratic Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Latvia Latvia Republic of Latvia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Republic of Lebanon
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Lesotho Lesotho Kingdom of Lesotho
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Liberia Liberia Republic of Liberia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Libya Libya Libya
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Principality of Liechtenstein
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Republic of Lithuania
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Macao Macao The Macao Special Administrative Region
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Macedonia Macedonia The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Madagascar Madagascar Republic of Madagascar
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Malawi Malawi Republic of Malawi
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Maldives Maldives Republic of Maldives
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mali Mali Republic of Mali
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Malta Malta Republic of Malta
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Marshall Islands Marshall Islands Republic of the Marshall Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Martinique Martinique Martinique
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mauritania Mauritania Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mauritius Mauritius Republic of Mauritius
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mayotte Mayotte Mayotte
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mexico Mexico United Mexican States
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Micronesia Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Moldava Moldava Republic of Moldova
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Monaco Monaco Principality of Monaco
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia Mongolia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Montenegro
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Montserrat Montserrat Montserrat
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Morocco Morocco Kingdom of Morocco
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Mozambique Mozambique Republic of Mozambique
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Myanmar (Burma) Myanmar (Burma) Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Namibia Namibia Republic of Namibia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Nauru Nauru Republic of Nauru
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Nepal Nepal Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Kingdom of the Netherlands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of New Caledonia New Caledonia New Caledonia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua Republic of Nicaragua
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Niger Niger Republic of Niger
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria Federal Republic of Nigeria
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Niue Niue Niue
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Norfolk Island Norfolk Island Norfolk Island
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of North Korea North Korea Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Norway Norway Kingdom of Norway
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Oman Oman Sultanate of Oman
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Palau Palau Republic of Palau
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Palestine Palestine State of Palestine (or Occupied Palestinian Territory)
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Panama Panama Republic of Panama
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Independent State of Papua New Guinea
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Republic of Paraguay
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Peru Peru Republic of Peru
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Phillipines Phillipines Republic of the Philippines
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Pitcairn Pitcairn Pitcairn
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Poland Poland Republic of Poland
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Portugal Portugal Portuguese Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Qatar Qatar State of Qatar
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Reunion Reunion Réunion
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Romania Romania Romania
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Russia Russia Russian Federation
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Rwanda Rwanda Republic of Rwanda
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Barthelemy Saint Barthelemy Saint Barthélemy
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Helena Saint Helena Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Martin Saint Martin Saint Martin
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Samoa Samoa Independent State of Samoa
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of San Marino San Marino Republic of San Marino
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Senegal Senegal Republic of Senegal
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Serbia Serbia Republic of Serbia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Seychelles Seychelles Republic of Seychelles
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Republic of Sierra Leone
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Singapore Singapore Republic of Singapore
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Sint Maarten Sint Maarten Sint Maarten
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Slovak Republic
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Republic of Slovenia
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Solomon Islands Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Somalia Somalia Somali Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of South Africa South Africa Republic of South Africa
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of South Korea South Korea Republic of Korea
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of South Sudan South Sudan Republic of South Sudan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Spain Spain Kingdom of Spain
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Sudan Sudan Republic of the Sudan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Suriname Suriname Republic of Suriname
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Svalbard and Jan Mayen Svalbard and Jan Mayen Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Swaziland Swaziland Kingdom of Swaziland
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Sweden Sweden Kingdom of Sweden
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Swiss Confederation
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Syria Syria Syrian Arab Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan)
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan Republic of Tajikistan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Tanzania Tanzania United Republic of Tanzania
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Thailand Thailand Kingdom of Thailand
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Timor-Leste (East Timor) Timor-Leste (East Timor) Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Togo Togo Togolese Republic
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Tokelau Tokelau Tokelau
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Tonga Tonga Kingdom of Tonga
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Republic of Tunisia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Turkey Turkey Republic of Turkey
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Tuvalu Tuvalu Tuvalu
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Uganda Uganda Republic of Uganda
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of United States United States United States of America
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Eastern Republic of Uruguay
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Republic of Uzbekistan
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu Republic of Vanuatu
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Vatican City Vatican City State of the Vatican City
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, British British Virgin Islands
You DO NOT NEED a visa
Flag of Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands of the United States
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna
Yes, you need a visa
Western Sahara Western Sahara
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Yemen Yemen Republic of Yemen
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Zambia Zambia Republic of Zambia
Yes, you need a visa
Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Republic of Zimbabwe
Yes, you need a visa

Another way to check

(Here is essentially the SAME information as it appears on the Wikipedia.org website)

STEP 1: Check if your country of passport is on this list of 36 countries (see "Eligible Countries") for which the visa requirement is waived (not needed). If your country is on this list, you DO NOT need a visa.


STEP 2: Check if your country of passport is on the list of 6 additional countries (See "Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program") that are part of the visa waiver program. If your country is on this list, you DO NOT need a visa.

Guam and Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program

In the neighboring U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), both located in the western Pacific Ocean, the U.S. federal government has implemented a specific Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program. As insular areas of the United States, entry requirements for these territories are the same as any other U.S. destination. However, under this program, first enacted in October 1988 and periodically amended, nationals from several additional countries[37] in Asia and the Pacific islands are permitted to enter the Northern Marianas and Guam as tourists without a visa for up to 45 days (as of November 28, 2009).[38] Travel is not permitted onwards to the mainland United States,[37] and because of special visa categories for the CNMI foreign workers, traveling between Guam and the CNMI still requires a full immigration inspection.

In addition to citizens from the 36 nations designated for the federal VWP, citizens of the following countries in possession of a machine readable passport and with completed Form I-736 (Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form) and Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) may enter Guam and the CNMI visa-free for up to 45 days under the specific waiver program applying to the two U.S. territories:

Despite not being included in the new Guam-CNMI visa waiver program, as part of a parole arrangement, Russian citizens in possession of a machine readable passport, a completed Form I-736 (Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form) and Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) and a non-refundable and non-transferable return ticket can visit both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands visa-free for up to 45 days.[40]

Also, as part of another parole arrangement, Chinese citizens in possession of a machine readable passport, completed Form I-736 (Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form) and Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) may enter the CNMI only visa-free for up to 45 days (travel to Guam still requires applying for a visa in advance).[41]

The Northern Mariana Islands had previously been a separate jurisdiction from the United States in terms of immigration control. Under a federalization law passed by the U.S. Congress in 2008, the Northern Marianas' immigration functions were taken over by United States Department of Homeland Security agencies on November 28, 2009. The present Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program took effect at that time, replacing previous Northern Marianas' legislation governing entry to the islands and also replacing a previous Guam-specific Visa Waiver Program. That program had included the aforementioned countries as well as Indonesia, Samoa, Vanuatu, and the Soloman Islands, though these countries were removed from the list of eligible nations for the new program.[38][42]

In the past, the government of the Northern Mariana Islands had issued Visitor Entry Permits (VEP) instead of visas. Citizens of all countries in the federal visa waiver program were exempt from the VEP requirement, as were citizens of Taiwan and holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports and British National (Overseas) passports.[43][44][45] Under the islands' previous immigration policy, citizens of the following countries or jurisdictions were prohibited from entering the CNMI: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Fujian Province of China, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.[46]


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