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Guam Country Guide

  1. Country Facts
  2. Health
  3. Media
  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
  5. Embassies & Visas
  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Micronesia, Northwestern Pacific Ocean
Full Name: Territory of Guam
Capital City: Hagåtña
Language Spoken: English and Chamorro

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Geographic data

Guam is situated between 13.2 ? N and 13.7 ? N, and between 144.6 ? E and 145.0 ? E

Elevation Extremes

Highest Point: Mount Lamlam 406m

Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean 0m

Land Boundaries

0km

Natural hazards

Squalls, Cyclones, Drought, and Typhoons

Natural resources

Aquatic wildlife supports tourism - fishing

Land use

Arable Land: 1.85%

Permanent Crops: 16.67%

Other: 81.48% (2011)

Environmental current issues

N/A

Climate

Guam’s climate is considered tropical, and rarely changes with the seasons. When the island’s temperature is high, it is usually around the 30 ? c mark (86 ? F). Guam’s normal low temperature is around 24 ? c (76 ? F). The dry season in Guam runs from December to June, and the wet season runs from July to November. January and February are considered the country’s coolest months with temperatures around 21-24 ? C (70-75 ? F).

Annually, the island sees and average rainfall of around 2,180mm (96 inches.)

Guam’s highest ever recorded temperature was 36 ? c (96 ? F) on April 18th 1971, and April 1st 1990. The island’s lowest ever recorded temperature was 18 ? c (65 ? F) on February 8th 1973.

Guam suffers from typhoons throughout the year, however they mainly occur between July and September.

Time difference

Guam is 9 hours ahead of the UK

Population

161,001 (July 2014 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 26% (male 21,520/female 20,279)

15-24 years: 16.9% (male 14,109/female 13,164)

25-54 years: 39.3% (male 32,285/female 31,058)

55-64 years: 9.3% (male 7,483/female 7,411)

65 years and over: 8.5% (male 6,228/female 7,464) (2014 est.)

Median age

Total: 29.9 years

Male: 29.4 years

Female: 30.4 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

0.44% (2014 est.)

Birth rate

17.01 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Death rate

5.04 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate

-7.61 migrant (s)/ 1,000 population (2014 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth:1.06 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.07 male(s)/female

25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.84 male(s)/female

Total Population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total Population: 78.82 years

Male: 75.78 years

Female: 82.05 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate

2.38 children born/woman (2014 est.)

Business Practices

Tipping is common in Guam if the workers have given you service that you think deserves rewarding. The usual tipping amount is around 10-15%.

Tourism brings in a revenue of over US$1 billion, making it the country’s strongest business.

Crime

Although Guam has a relatively high crime rate, the few British Nationals who travel there each year have trouble free trips. Petty crimes are what mostly take place, including non-violent thefts, and break-ins.

The FCO advise women to take care when travelling alone, and that they consider that dress codes in Micronesia are more conservative than in Western Countries.

Hotels

Guam has many first-class hotels, including big internationally known names including Sheraton, Hilton, and Hyatt Regency. Most of the big name hotels include amenities such as Wi-Fi, bars, in-room hot drink facilities, cable TV, and gyms. Usual ratings of hotels in Guam range from 3-5 star.

Communications

British mobiles are unusable in Micronesia as international roaming is unavailable.

Wi-Fi can be found in most big hotels and restaurants.

In 2007, Guam had 85,000 main line telephones in use.

In 2007, Guam had 98,000 mobile cellular telephones in use.

Electricity

Guam has a voltage of 110V and a frequency of 60Hz

Plug Types

Types A and B

Food And Dining

The local food in Guam takes inspiration from Spanish, Pacific, and Filipino food. Many meals are seafood based.

Traditionally, Guam’s food is mainly focused on what their early ancestors could get from the land. Fish, seafood, and coconuts are all main ingredients in many of Guam’s traditional meals.

Guam was later introduced to food from the mainland of the U.S, following the Second World War. The new foods mainly introduced were tinned and processed, which Guam locals liked as they were full of flavour and quick to prepare.

Larger hotel restaurants offer international cuisine.

Entry departure requirements

Guam’s entry and departure requirements are the same as any other location in the U.S.

Visa immigration information

Guam’s immigration requirements are the same as any other location in the U.S.

Passports

Your passport is required to be valid for 6 months after your trip.

Visas

British Nationals can travel to Guam for 90 days visa-free using the waiver programme.

Types of Visas and Costs

A visa is not needed for British nationals who intend to stay in the country for under 90 days.

Validity

Your passport is required to be valid for 6 months after your trip.

Single entry visas are valid up to three months. Multiple entry visas are valid from one to three years.

Application to

The Embassy of the United States

  • Address: 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 2LQ
  • Tel: 020 7499 9000
  • Opening Times: 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday
  • To apply for your U.S. visa or find out more information on the application process click here: uk.usembassy.gov/visas

    Application requirements

    When applying for a U.S. visa, you are required to produce:

  • - The confirmation page of the application form DS-169
  • - If relevant, an appointment confirmation page
  • - A passport or another travel document
  • - One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) colour photograph taken within the last six months.
  • - Evidence of your status in the United Kingdom
  • - Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas
  • - Evidence of if you have ever been arrested, cautioned, or convicted
  • - A letter from your physician, about your current health state, if you have a medical condition that could affect your eligibility for a U.S. visa.
  • - Evidence of if you have ever been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States.
  • Working days required

    3-5 working days are required for your visa application to be processed, with an additional 2 days for courier delivery.

    HIV entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for travellers with HIV

    Departure tax

    There is no departure tax when leaving Guam.

    Embassies

    As Guam is territory of the U.S, any information you may require about travelling to Guam can be found through the Embassy of the United States, in London.

  • Address: 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 2LQ
  • Tel: 020 7499 9000
  • Opening Times: 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday
  • When in Guam, if you require assistance from the consular, you should contact the British High Commission in Suva, Fiji, as there is no British diplomatic representation in Micronesia.

    British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    The British FCO state that there is a low threat from terrorism in Micronesia.

    Website: www.gov.uk/government

    US Department of State

    Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

    Currency

    US Dollar

    Currency restrictions

    N/A

    Banking hours

    Most banks are open from Monday to Friday 10am-3pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm. These hours may slightly vary.

    The following list states where The Bank of Guam banks and ATMs can be found on the island:

  • 111 West Chalan Santo Papa
  • Hagatna
  • GU 96910
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  • 479 West O’Brien Drive
  • Hagatna
  • GU 96910
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  • GITC Building
  • Suite 111590 South Marine Drive
  • Tamuning
  • GU 96913
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  • 919 Pale San Vitores Street
  • Tumon
  • GU 96913
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  • 718 North Marine Drive
  • Upper Tumon
  • GU 96913
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  • 674 Para Oceania Bldg. Suite 108
  • Harmon
  • GU 96929
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  • 141 Macheche Plaza
  • Suite 101
  • Dededo
  • GU 96929
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  • Yigo Town Centre
  • Yigo
  • GU 96929
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  • Building 25006
  • Andersen Air Force Base
  • GU
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  • 122 Jesus R. Mariano Street
  • Mangilao
  • GU 96913
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  • Barracks 2 Naval Station
  • Santa Rita
  • GU 96915
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  • Chalan Kanton Tasi Street
  • Merizo
  • GU 96915
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    Currency exchange

    £1.00 = $1.32 (August 2016)

    Credit cards

    Most major credit cards are accepted in Guam.

    Travellers cheques

    Travellers Cheques are accepted.

     
    1. Health Information
    2. Recent Disease Outbreaks
    3. Hospital Database

    Dental care

    Dental Practices on the island:

  • Name: Gentle Care
  • Address: #278 South Marine Corp Drive
  • Hengi Plaza
  • Suite 102
  • Tamuning
  • Guam
  • 96913
  • Tel: (671) 646-8858 / (671) 646-775
  • Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
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  • Name: Reflection Center Dental Care
  • Address: 222 Chalan Santo Papa Juan Pablo Dos #304
  • Hagåña
  • Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-472-6824
  • Opening Times: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
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  • Name: Robert J. Yang, D.M.D., PC - Dental Office
  • Address: Marine Corps DR, Tamuning, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-647-8702
  • Opening Times: Monday: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • Tuesday: 12pm-7pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday: 9am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4pm
  • Sunday: Closed
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  • Name: Harmon Loop Dental
  • Address: Dededo, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-637-9696
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  • Name: TakeCare FHP Health Center/ Urgent Care/ Dental/ Pharmacy
  • Address: Tamuning, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-5825
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  • Name: Ordot Dental Clinic
  • Address: Chalan Pago Ordot, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-477-8215
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  • Name: FHP Dental Clinic
  • Address: 548 S Marine Corps Dr, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-5825 ext. 8562
  • Opening Times: Monday-Friday 7am-11pm
  • Medication Availability

    There are a number of pharmacies in Guam, that can provide over the counter medication and informative advice.

  • Name: Oka Pharmacy Inc.
  • Address: 241 20A, Tamuning, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-647-1193
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  • Name: Pacific Health Care Pharmacy
  • Address: 1757 Guam Business Center Building Suite 108, 16, Harmon, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-649-6831
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  • Name: Sagan Amot Pharmacy
  • Address: 2, Agat, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-565-3043
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  • Name: Express Med Pharmacy
  • Address: Dededo, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-922-2000
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  • Name: Perezville Pharmacy
  • Address: 851 Gov Carlos G Camacho Rd
  • Tel: +1 671-649-9400
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  • Name: Mega Drug Pharmacy
  • Address: 255 Farenholt Avenue, Tamuning, GU 96913, United States
  • Tel: +1 671-646-5355
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  • Name: Super Drugs
  • Address: Agana Shopping Center, 4, Hagåtña
  • Tel: +1 671-477-3627
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  • Name: ITC Pharmacy |
  • Address: Dededo, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-6395
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  • Name: ITC Pharmacy ||
  • Address: Tamuning, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-649-1977
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  • Name: Community Pharmacy ||
  • Address: Marine Corps Dr, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-6515
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  • Name: Community Pharmacy |
  • Address: Chalan Pasaheru, 177-A, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-6160
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  • Name: Super Drugs
  • Address: 291 30A, Tamuning, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-6183
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  • Name: Kmart Pharmacy
  • Address: 404 North Marine Drive, 404 N (RTE 1), Tamuning, GU 96913, United States
  • Tel: +1 671-649-7843
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  • Name: FHP Pharmacy
  • Address: S Marine Corps Drive, E T Calvo Memorial Parkway, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-646-5825
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  • Name: Harmon Drugs
  • Address: 2214 Army Drive, Dededo, 96929, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-637-1473
  • Although there are a number of pharmacies in Guam, it is advised that you have sufficient travel insurance in order to cover the costs of any foreign medical bills. It is also advised, that if you are taking any medication before you travel, that you take a sufficient supply in order to last the duration of your trip, in order to rule out any preventable emergencies.

    Some prescription medication may be illegal in other countries, so make sure you call the embassy in order to verify that you are legal to take with you.

    Blood supplies

    N/A

    Medical facilities

    Medical Centres in Guam include:

  • American Medical Centre
  • Address: 1244 Marine Drive, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
  • Website: www.amc.clinic
  • Tel: (671) 647-8262
  • Email: [email protected]
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  • Guam Memorial Hospital
  • Address: 850 Gov Carlos G Camacho Rd, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
  • Tel: +1 671-647-2555
  • General caution

    Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes, and causes the person to feel aching joint pains, and fevers. Over the past 10 years, Guam has seen 22 travel-related cases of dengue fever - However, there has been no sign of the disease spreading. It is advised that you take precautions in order to prevent mosquitos from biting you.

    In order to lessen your chances of getting Dengue Fever, mosquito prevention methods can be used. These can include:

  • - Using deet based repellent products/li>
  • - Wearing loose and baggy clothing
  • - Using a mosquito net to cover you when you are sleeping
  • It is advised that you do not eat any fruit and vegetables without them being cooked or peeled. Always drink bottled water rather than water that has come from a tap or a well. This is the same with ice. Only use ice that has been made from bottled water.

    Specific concerns

    Cases of locally transmitted Zika Virus have been confirmed in Micronesia over the last 3 months. Zika Virus is transmitted by certain mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, to humans. When transmitted to the majority of people through a mosquito bite, the NHS describe the virus as a ‘very mild infection and isn’t harmful.’ However, it can cause serious birth defects if transmitted to pregnant women. These defects can include microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

    The Zika virus has also been found in other neighbouring countries including, Fiji, Argentina, El Salvador, Panama, and Thailand.

    When travelling to Zika transmitted areas, the NHS recommend that you should receive travel health advice before you leave. For pregnant women, it is advised that you postpone all non-essential trips to locations where Zika Virus is currently transmitted.

    No symptoms usually occur once you've contracted the virus, however if symptoms do show, they are usually minor and tend not to last for an overly long period of time. Zika Virus symptoms can include: fever, headaches, itchiness and rashes, muscle and joint pains, lower back pain, reddening of your eyes, and pain behind your eyes.

    In order to lessen your chances of getting the virus, mosquito prevention methods can be used. These can include:

  • - Using deet based repellent products
  • - Wearing loose and baggy clothing
  • - Using a mosquito net to cover you when you are sleeping
  • Immunization

    When travelling to Guam, you should be up-to-date with your routine jabs and boosters including MMR, Polio and your yearly flu jab. It is also advised to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, preferably 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel, and that you should consider being vaccinated against Rabies and Tetanus. It is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations and whether other vaccinations are recommended for your chosen place of travel.

    Disease risk summary

    Cases of locally transmitted Zika Virus have been confirmed in Micronesia over the last 3 months. Zika Virus is transmitted by certain mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, to humans. When transmitted to the majority of people through a mosquito bite, the NHS describe the virus as a ‘very mild infection and isn’t harmful.’ However, it can cause serious birth defects if transmitted to pregnant women. These defects can include microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

    Entry requirements

    All travellers are required to provide a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate on entry.

    Recent disease outbreaks

    Guam has recently had an outbreak of mumps back in March 2010. 142 cases were confirmed or probable in May 2010. The outbreak mainly affected children.

     

    Media

    Newspaper - The Pacific Daily is an English-language newspaper in Guam.

    Television - In 2007, Guam had 8 television broadcast stations. In 2007, Guam had 200,000 televisions. TV channels in Guam include Kuam, which is a commercial channel.

    Radio - In 2007, Guam had 300,000 radios.

    Need help?

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    Open Mon - Fri 8:30am - 6pm.
    Sat 8:30am - 4pm.
    (Calls may be monitored or recorded)

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