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By No owner — last modified Mar 13, 2018 06:17 PM

 Guam - Formalities

Clearance

Guam is considered an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. This means they are in a similar category administratively as the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). United States laws and regulations governing arrival are in effect.

All yachts must clear Guam Customs and Immigration at Apra Harbour. Before entering the harbour, contact PORT CONTROL on VHF Channel 16/13, and they will arrange for the authorities to meet you (normally on the beach at the Marianas Yacht Club in Apra).

Crews are often permitted to go ashore to await clearance. Officials will normally visit the boat.

Check in should take no more than 30 minutes and there are no charges.

If planning to arrive on a Sunday, or at night, you will be required to pay overtime for Customs and Immigration services.

When checking out go to the Port Control and Customs Building in the Commercial Port area and check out with them; Immigration check-out is not required.

Last updated March 2018.

Port Control and Customs Building
1026 Cabras Highway, Suite 201 , Piti, Guam 96915
Tel:(671) 477-5931 / 472-PORT

Immigration

All visitors must have a valid passport.

US visa regulations are in force. All nationals, except those of the USA, are required to have a visa in advance of arrival.

See Noonsite.com/USA/Immigration for additional information.

It has been reported that a visa-on-arrival may be provided (at a much higher cost) but this is not certain, and those arriving without a visa may either be refused entry or only be granted a few days stay at most and must remain on board. There is a $200 fine for arriving without a visa.

The ESTA Visa Waiver scheme does not apply in Guam.

Last updated March 2018.

Immigration Office
Tel:472-7265 / 642-7611 (airport)

Customs

Similar Customs restrictions as the USA mainland are enforced in Guam. See USA Formalities for additional information.

Firearms must be declared on arrival and will be sealed on board. Permits may have to be shown.

Pets/animals on board must be declared and will probably face quarantine or other restrictions.

Last updated April 2017.

Customs Office
Apra Harbour
Tel:472-8426 / 642-8071 (airport)
Call for clearance. Overtime fees are payable is arriving after 17:00 or at the weekend.

Fees

Overtime is charged for clearance outside of normal office hours.

Restrictions

The inner harbour of Apra Harbour is a US naval base and access is restricted.

Pets

Animals must be declared and should have up-to-date health certificates. They are not allowed to land.

knorris
knorris says:
Mar 11, 2018 06:55 PM

February 2018. Checking In and Out.
We travelled on Australian passports with valid US Visas which, absent a US Passport, we gather is essential for a trouble-free entry.
Upon notifying Port Control (VHF 16/13) that we were entering the harbour, Customs and Immigration Officials met us on the beach at the Marianas Yacht Club at about 1100hrs on a Saturday. The check-in took about 15mins and there were no charges. The officials did point to after hours fees of $?? if you arrive at night.
Checking out for the Northern Marianas was simply a matter of going to the Port Control and Customs Building in the Commercial Port area (1026 Cabras Highway, Suite 201 Piti Guam 96915, Phone: (671) 477-5931 / 472-PORT) and checking out with them; Immigration check-out is not required.

knorris
knorris says:
Mar 10, 2018 07:22 PM

As of February, 2018, the comments for 2015 still apply viz: at Marianas Yacht Club, $7 per day for anchoring off about 0.4nm from the Club; in theory, moorings were available but a yacht had recently broken free and ended on a reef, hence none available when we were there. the $7 temporary membership provides cold showers, a place to beach your dinghy, excellent internet, rubbish (trash) removal, to-pay-for meals and bar on Fridays and Sundays and a secure place to leave your car. Access to a car is essential from here. Bob, the live-aboard supervisor of things at the club, can advise on most things. But, in accord with Mike Riley's comment, the value for dollar cf. other anchorages (e.g. Pohnpei) is poor.

Mike Riley Riley
Mike Riley Riley says:
Mar 23, 2015 02:46 AM

The Marianas Yacht Club charges $7 US a day in 2015. This does not include a mooring. If fact even though moorings are available, you may not take one. You are required to anchor far from the yacht club, even though there is space closer.

As an option, Palau costs $50US/ month for a mooring, food prices are the same, you can walk to town. There are many places to cruise in Palau, there is no where to cruise in Guam.

Paul tudor-stack
Paul tudor-stack says:
Mar 02, 2015 02:47 AM

There are only two places to anchor in Apra Harbour - off the Marianis Yacht Club or inside Port of Refuge. The anchorage off the MYC is a little exposed but otherwize fine. In 2015 the MYC charges $7US per day for use of their facilities, phone, hot shower, 24 hr wifi, secure parking, potable water, rubbish disposal and temporary membership. A mooring is included if one is available. Port of Refuge has no faciities other than water. There is no public transport and a taxi to town costs around $70. Hiring a car is the only option and can be hired for $30 per day (plus $15 per day insurance).

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