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Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands: At a glance

Capital: Saipan

Population: 55,144

Official languages: English, Carolinian, Chamorro

Time zone: Chamorro Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Northern Mariana Islands: Travel Health Information

The Northern Mariana Islands are known for their sandy beaches, mountains, and scuba diving. Visitors can go snorkeling in the coral reef of Managaha Islands, trekking on the Forbidden Island, and explore the caves in Obyan Beach.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in the Northern Mariana Islands may differ from your home country. Northern Mariana Islands has a small, publicly funded healthcare system. There is one hospital in the capital Saipan. There are two smaller health clinics on the islands of Rota and Tinian. Private medical care in Saipan meets international standards but the quality of care throughout the rest of the country is inadequate. Ambulance services do not exist. To get to the hospital, travellers must take a taxi or private car.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in the Northern Mariana Islands typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure 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 the Northern Mariana Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to a pharmacy on the islands of Saipan is generally good but varies by region, with access much more limited in rural regions or on less-populated islands. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained by a local doctor. Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be in short supply. Make sure to pack enough essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with the Northern Mariana Islands’ 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 Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.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

Most roads in Saipan and in urban areas are paved and adequately maintained. Road quality varies by region and may be poor in rural regions. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles at all time. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.



Northern Mariana Islands: At a glance

Capital: Saipan

Population: 55,144

Official languages: English, Carolinian, Chamorro

Time zone: Chamorro Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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