Visa for Mariana islands and other helpful travel information
Northern Mariana Islands Visa, Passport & Entry Requirements
Effective June 1, 2009, U.S. immigration law applied to the CNMI with the implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. This regulation allows nationals from the designated participating countries to prepare for their travel to either Guam or the CNMI under the program.
The following countries are designated for participation in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) passport and Hong Kong identification card is required), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Nonimmigrant visitors who seek admission to the CNMI must possess a valid passport and a valid visa, unless they are applying for entry under a visa waiver program. This means that nonimmigrant visitors who are not eligible for either the US Visa Waiver Program under 8 CFR part 217 (VWP) or the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program must possess a valid passport and must obtain a visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Nonimmigrant visitors may be able to apply for admission to the CNMI under one or both programs, depending on the eligibility status of the nonimmigrant visitors' country of nationality or citizenship. The permitted length of stay will depend on whether the nonimmigrant visitors are admitted under the VWP (up to 90 days) or under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (up to 45 days)
Nonimmigrant visitors currently must present a valid completed and signed CBP Form I-94 to enter the CNMI and Guam under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. This rulemaking explicitly requires completion of an I-94 to enter Guam and the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.
Please refer to this website: www.uscis.gov for more information on entry requirements.
Quarantine and Health Certification:
All plants and animals must be given prior approval before entry, and animals must be quarantined. Importation of controlled substances or weapons is strictly prohibited. Vaccination certification is not required unless the traveler comes from an infected area.
Currency and Monetary Instruments:
The transportation of currency or monetary instruments, regardless of amount is legal. However, if you bring in $10,000 or take out more than $10,000 from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (in U.S. or foreign equivalent, or any combination of the two) whether in currency, coin, traveler’s checks, money order, or negotiable instruments, you are required by law to file a report on Form 4790 with the CNMI Customs Service. If you have someone else carry the currency or instruments for you, you must also file the report.
Agricultural Products: To prevent the entry of dangerous agricultural pests, the following are restricted: fruits, vegetables, plants, plants products and other plant materials, soil, meat, meat products, birds, snails and other live animals or animal products (whether fresh, cooked, raw, or processed; whether for sale or personal use).
Alcohol and Tobacco: Any passenger disembarking from a ship or airplane may import for personal use and consumption, exempt from excise tax, the following: An amount of distilled alcoholic beverages not to exceed 77 ounces. Beer or other alcoholic malt beverages not to exceed 288 ounces. Wine or sake not to exceed 128 ounces. Tobacco, other than cigarettes, not to exceed one pound. An amount of cigarettes, not to exceed 3 cartons of 10 packages per carton. However, only ten (10) packs of labeled cigarettes not complying with the Cigarettes Labeling and Advertising Act, or not listed on the Attorney General's Directory of Approved Cigarette Brands available upon request from a Custom's Officer ("prohibited brands"). Any prohibited brands over the exempted pack amount shall also be subject to forfeiture at Customs. For a listing of the directory of approved brands, please access the CNMI Attorney General Office's website (http://www.cnmiago.gov.mp) under Tobacco Enforcement section.
Firearms and Ammunition: Any person who possesses any firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition shall, before or immediately upon entrance in the CNMI, turn it in to the Customs Office. The firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition shall be return to the person upon his or her being issued an identification card pursuant to the provisions of 6 CMC §§2201-30.
Northern Mariana Islands Duty Free
The following goods may be imported into the Northern Mariana Islands without incurring customs duty:
• 600 cigarettes or 454g of cigars or tobacco.
• 2.3 liters of alcoholic beverage.
• 3.8 liters of wine and Japanese sake.
• A reasonable quantity of perfume.
Narcotics and certain cooked and uncooked foods. Enquire at Immigration Office for details Firearms require a license.