What and where is Guam?
Guam is a sovereign state of the United States located in Western Pacific ocean. It is situated on the East of Philippines and is 4 hours away by plane. The official languages are English and Chamorro. Local people are called Guamanians but also densely populated with other ethnic groups from Philippines, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, South Korea, and mainland U.S. Guam’s weather is generally very warm with little seasonal temperature variation.
What is the customary way of greeting other people?
“Hafa Adai” is the Chamorro greeting.
What currency is used?
The currency use is US dollar. Be prepared with enough cash in hand for the first few days. Plan ahead. It is advisable to exchange money into US dollar prior to your arrival. For last minute currency exchange, check your hotel front desk or local banks.
Are credit cards accepted?
Taking one credit/debit card is recommended in case of emergency. Card may be used for large purchases in most of your hotel, department stores, souvenir stores, restaurants, touring, and others. The most widely accepted credit cards include Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. However, please do not rely on a credit/debit card as your only source of spending money.
Is ATM available?
Many ATMs are available and can be a good source of travel money but we strongly
recommended that you do not rely on this method as overseas withdrawal fees can be very high. Also there is a limit in withdrawal a day. Check with your bank before departing your country.
Do I need a passport to travel to Guam?
Entry requirements for Guam are the same as for any U.S. destination. U.S. citizens are required to possess a U.S. passport or on case-by- case basis a photo I.D. and proof of citizenship may be accepted. Citizens of most other countries must have a valid passport with a U.S. visa.
Is visa required to come to Guam?
Yes. A U.S. visa is required or may travel visa –free if your country is qualified and listed under the US visa waiver program. International travelers are advised to review the latest information released from official sources such as U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to check the visa requirements for Guam.
How do I apply for a U.S. Tourist Visa?
Philippines is not listed under the U.S. Visa Waiver Program therefore must apply for Tourist B-2 Visa.
To apply online for Nonimmigrant visa, go to website www.ustraveldocs.com/ph or call the U.S. Embassy in Manila at (02) 902-8930 or (02) 982-5555. You can also visit U.S. Embassy at 1201 Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila.
What is my classification for entering Guam and how long could I stay?
You are classified as visitor for pleasure. You can enter and stay on Guam for a period not to exceed 45 days.
What is the name of the airport in Guam?
A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport.
How to get from and to the airport?
If you will attend the Mapua World Guam 2019, our transportation committee will arrange an airport transfer of your arrival. For departure transfer, you shall make arrangement through your hotel front desk. A taxi counter is conveniently available at the arrival terminal and can assist you to your destination of choice. If you opt to rent a car, please make reservation to your favorite car rental services online such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Nissan, and National. These rentals have counter and are located at the airport terminal.
What are the available airlines that arrive and depart Guam?
Guam is serviced by a number of international and commuter airlines. Regular flights connect through numerous points such as Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Micronesia, and the Continental U.S. Carriers include United, which strategically makes Guam home and hub in Pacific, Delta, Japan Airlines, ANA, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Korean Air, Eva Air, JINAIR, Jeju Air, and Air Busan.
Can I use my foreign driver’s license to drive around?
Visitors with foreign driver’s license are permitted to drive for up to 30 days upon arrival.
Are there any regulations, restrictions or laws that need to abide?
Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Minimum driving range is 18 years of age. Seat belt is mandatory for driver and all passengers. Maximum speed limit is 35 mph. Cell phone is not permitted while driving. Legal blood alcohol concentration is 0.08%.
Be polite and courteous.
Keep Guam clean by throwing you trash in a bin. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, establishments and within twenty feet of the building.
What kind of attire do I need to wear?
Dress code is casual. Clothing shall be an island-wear and very relaxing.
Is the community safe?
Guam is a safe place. As a traveler, we continue to advise to exercise normal precautions when visiting. Always keep your car locked and free of valuables. Don’t park in dark areas. Keep an eye on your bags and never walk alone in dark areas.
Are the citizens friendly?
Is there public transportation or other means to go around?
A number of public transportation services are available for your convenience. Check your hotel front desk for schedules. You can also go to places using a taxi and are mostly located at the entrance of the hotels, malls, shopping center, and other public areas. Rental cars can be utilized to go around the island.
What to do in case of emergency?
What are the activities I can do while on island?
Guam is no doubt America’s most interesting and exotic destination. It is a remote island paradise to relax, de-stress, and recuperates by enjoying array of tropical beaches, diving, water sports, hiking, adventure, local attractions, and nightlife. You can also visit one of dozens of cultural or historical sites as Guam is replete with World War II memories. Another favorite thing to do is to indulge yourself in shopping, where you can purchase anything as souvenirs and keepsakes; outlet products and luxury goods for the worldly travelers. Guam has plenty to offer and you will surely not be disappointed.
What food can we eat?
Food dishes varies in a wide range including local Guam cuisine, western style, Asian meals like Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, and Thailand meals, the European foods, and American dishes.
Is it customary to tip at restaurants?
Gratuity is customary, an offer of appreciation and honor tradition. Tipping is mostly added to the bill while dining out.
Are there any value added taxes on food, clothing, gas, and others?
The sales tax rate in Guam is 4 percent. This tax rate or simply called VAT (Value Added Tax) is already included on your receipt. It is a tax charged to consumers based on the purchase price of certain goods and services.