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Guam

Guam: At a glance

Capital: Hagatna

Population: 164,229

Official languages: English, Chamorro

Time zone: Chamorro Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Guam: Travel Health Information

Guam is known for its tropical beaches, ecotourism, and history, specifically its role in World War II. Visitors can hike through Guam’s various mountains, volcanic hills, and dense jungle. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular, with several ocean-side beaches along the islands.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Guam may differ from your home country. Guam has a publicly funded healthcare system with a few private providers. The quality of medical care generally meets international standards but may vary by region. Facilities in rural areas can be limited and can experience staff shortages.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Guam typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Guam.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are available in most areas in Guam but access may be limited in rural or remote regions. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Guam’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas are generally paved and well maintained but roads in rural regions may be poor quality. In particular, roads in Northern Guam are prone to flooding. Drivers and passengers in vehicles must wear a seat belt at all times.



Guam: At a glance

Capital: Hagatna

Population: 164,229

Official languages: English, Chamorro

Time zone: Chamorro Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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