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Located in the Pacific Ocean, Saipan is the largest island in the archipelago of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is a territory of the United States of America.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Northern Mariana Islands
Passengers without U.S. citizenship traveling to the Northern Mariana Islands need to carry valid passports as well as return air tickets. U.S. citizens are only required to have a passport. Citizens of countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program can stay in the Northern Mariana Islands for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria and those who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011, are required to have a visa. A visa for Northern Mariana Islands is issued at all U.S. embassies.
Things/Items Allowed into Northern Mariana Islands
Passengers are allowed to import without customs duty 600 individual cigarettes if manufactured in U.S. with a Surgeon General's warning label. In addition, 200 individual cigarettes manufactured elsewhere and a reasonable quantity of cigars. 0.6 US gallons of distilled alcoholic beverages and 1.0 US gallons of wine and Japanese sake are permitted for import for persons of 21 years of age and older. No free import of any beer and other malt beverages is allowed.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Northern Mariana Islands
• Foods and Beverages
• Live Animals
Things/Items Forbidden into Northern Mariana Islands
• Explosives, Ammunition or Weapons
Voice of Travelers to Northern Mariana Islands
Nice Vacation in Saipan
We flew to Saipan from Narita Airport in Tokyo with air tickets from Delta Airlines. The flight was about five hours. Saipan is indeed a very beautiful place. We visited Bird Island, a famous photo spot. The beach was beautiful and amazing. We recommend traveling to Saipan, but make sure you book a cheap air ticket to save money for the trip itself.
Cheap Air Ticket to Saipan
I frequently look for a cheap air ticket for possible vacationing around Asia. This time, I chose Saipan because I didn't need any visa since I'm Korean, and also because there are direct flights to Saipan from Seoul by Asiana Airlines. The price of the air ticket was within my budget range, so I purchased the air ticket online. The local tour agency in Saipan, which the air ticket company recommended, was very helpful and pleasant. Saipan is truly an amazing and relaxing place. If you can find a reasonably cheap air ticket, I recommend Saipan for a quick vacation.
Northern Mariana Islands Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Which season is the best for visiting Saipan?
A. The best season for travel to Saipan is between December and June, the dry season. Between July and November, the precipitation and temperature in Saipan rise and can be unpleasant for those who dislike warmer weather. Do not forget that Saipan can also be threatened by typhoons and cyclones. Additionally, Saipan is great for bird-watching, and the best season to see the birds is in the springtime. To avoid the bad weather and enjoy bird-watching, December to June is recommended for travel.
Q. What is the best transportation system in Saipan?
A. One way to explore Saipan is to rent a scooter. They are available for rent in downtown Saipan. The roads on Saipan island are in a rather bad condition, so if you want to visit areas outside of downtown Saipan, it is best to take an All Terrain Vehicle, for example to Mt. Tapochau.
Q. How can I buy a cheaper air ticket?
A. Air tickets to Saipan are sold through many ticket portals. There are several airlines operating direct flights to Saipan. Though an indirect flight to Saipan may be a cheaper option. Or a low-cost carrier may offer cheaper air tickets.
Northern Mariana Islands - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Saipan International Airport • Incheon International Airport
• Hong Kong International Airport
• Chubu Centrair International Airport
• Kansai International Airport
• Narita International Airport
Flight Routes to Northern Mariana Islands
The Northern Mariana Islands have direct flights to and from Hong Kong, Japan, China and Korea. Air tickets to Saipan can be purchased either directly or from travel agencies. Airlines with flights to Saipan include Delta Airlines, Asiana and Sichuan Airlines. It is compulsory to have a return air ticket in order to visit the Northern Mariana Islands.