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DFAT advice for Guam

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When travelling to Guam, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Guam.

Latest update

This Advice was last issued on Tuesday, 11 November 2014.   It has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendments. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Guam.

Guam overall

Summary

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Guam and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.
  • You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia, and monitor the media and other sources for information on local travelling conditions.
  • As Guam is an unincorporated US territory, you should read this advice together with our travel advice for the United States of America .
  • All Australians passport-holders are required to meet US entry and visa requirements. You should read the entry and exit section of our travel advice for the United States of America .
  • Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Guam. The Australian Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia provides consular assistance to Australians in Guam.
  • See also our general advice for business travellers
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
Map of Guam ( This map is presented for information only. The department accepts no responsibility for errors or omission of any geographic feature.  Nomenclature and territorial boundaries may not necessarily reflect Australian Government policy. )

Entry and exit

Travellers to Guam should be aware of the need to meet US entry and visa requirements which are subject to change. The United States administers a strict entry regime and you may be refused entry on arrival if you don’t comply with entry requirements. We strongly recommend you contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate about your specific circumstances well in advance of travel, including if you plan to transit Guam.

You should read the entry and exit section of our travel advice for the United States of America .

Safety and security

Terrorism

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Overseas bulletin for more information on terrorism and our General advice to Australian travellers for tips on staying safe overseas.

As Guam is an unincorporated US territory, you should read this advice in conjunction with our travel advice for the United States of America . The US National Terror Advisory System is applicable in Guam. You can check the advice on the US Department of Homeland Security website.

Crime

Petty crime, including drug and alcohol-related crime, is a problem in Guam.

Money and valuables

As Guam is a US territory, US dollars are the official currency.

The United States has specific requirements regarding locks used on airline baggage. See the Transport Security Administration's website for further details.
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

Local travel

There are US Naval and Air Force bases located on Guam. Guam International Airport may be closed by US authorities without notice for security reasons.

The safety standards you might expect of tour operators are not always met, especially for adventure sports such as diving and yachting. Sufficient life jackets and adequate safety equipment may not be provided. Recommended maintenance standards and safety precautions may not be observed. Check operators' credentials and safety equipment beforehand and ensure your travel insurance policy covers your planned activities.

Airline safety

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See instead the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Guam.

Please also refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.

Laws

When you are in Guam, be aware that local laws and penalties, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards, do apply to you. If you are arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you but we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail. Research local laws before travelling.

Information on what Australian consular officers can and cannot do to help Australians in trouble overseas is available from the Consular Services Charter .

Penalties for drug-related offences, including marijuana use, are severe and include minimum mandatory sentences.

Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child pornography, and child sex tourism, apply to Australian overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.

Australian authorities are committed to combating sexual exploitation of children by Australians overseas. Australians may be prosecuted at home under Australian child sex tourism and child pornography laws. These laws provide severe penalties of up to 25 years’ imprisonment for Australians who engage in child sexual exploitation while outside of Australia.

Information for dual nationals

The United States recognises dual nationality. Dual nationals are required by United States law to travel with both passports and use their United States passport to enter and exit the United States and its territories, including Guam.

Our Dual nationals page provides further information for dual nationals.

Before travelling, dual Australian/United States citizens should consult travel information on the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website .

Health

We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.

The standard of medical facilities and care in Guam compares well with that available in Australia. However, medical costs in Guam are extremely high. A visit to the doctor in Guam for even minor complaints can cost several hundred dollars, excluding laboratory tests or medication costs. In the absence of accepted health insurance, or proof of ability to pay, payment would generally be required up front.

In cases of serious illness or accident evacuation may be required. If medical travel to Australia is required, the limited number of flights out of Guam could cause difficulty. Medical evacuation costs are considerable.

The two hyperbaric chambers on Guam are maintained to a high standard.

Where to get help

Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurance provider in the first instance. The contact number for local police is 671-475-8498.

The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas.

Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Guam. Australians and Canadians can obtain consular assistance from the nearest Australian Embassy, which is in the Federated States of Micronesia at:

Australian Embassy

H & E Enterprises Building
Kolonia
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone (691) 320 5448
Facsimile (691) 320 5449
Email phpi.mail@dfat.gov.au
Website www.fsm.embassy.gov.au

If you are travelling to Guam, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, we encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.

In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the Embassy you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra may be contacted on (02) 6261 3305.

Additional information

Natural disasters, severe weather and climate

The monsoon season is from June to December. Guam experiences tropical storms and typhoons throughout the year, especially in August, which can cause flooding, landslides and other disruptions to services. The direction and strength of typhoons can change with little warning. Up-to-date information can be obtained from the World Meteorological Organisation Severe Weather Information Centre , the Humanitarian Early Warning Service and the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre . In the event of severe weather you should monitor these websites and other local sources of information.

In the event of an approaching typhoon, you should identify your local shelter. We encourage Australians in affected areas to follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor the media for the latest developments. Flights in and out of affected areas could be delayed or suspended. Available flights may fill quickly. The typhoon could also affect access to sea ports in the region. In some areas, adequate shelter from a severe typhoon may not be available to all who may choose to stay. Familiarise yourself with your hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans. You should carry your travel documents at all times (i.e. passport, photo identification) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. We also suggest that you contact friends and family in Australia with updates about your welfare and whereabouts. For further information, see our Severe weather page.

Guam is also subject to earthquakes. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Additional Resources

For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links:

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