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Going through customs in Guam

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by DougieG, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. DougieG

    DougieG Angel Fish

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    Hi everyone:

    I'm planning a trip to Palau and taking United Airlines. The connection back to the U.S.A. is through Guam. I believe that is where I would go through customs. How much connection time should I plan for in Guam so I can go through customs and still make my connecting flight to Honolulu? Thanks for the advice!''

    DougieG
     
  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    My recommendation would be to plan an extended surface interval there and take a hop to Saipan, just to the north. There is some good diving around the island of Saipan...then hop back to Guam to fly on to Honolulu. It is such a druge to get out that way due to the long flight times (7+ hours from Honolulu and 13+ from the west coast of the US), take advantage of the fact that you are their while you can if you can.

    -Z
     
  3. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss Nassau Grouper

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    I just got back from Guam and the customs was not to bad but always plan for a booked flight with long lines. Coming into Guam was not bad, going back you will have the longer times...oh and plan on doing it again in Honolulu
     
  4. RyanT

    RyanT Solo Diver

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    I plan for an absolute minimum of two hours between connections when going through customs, but 3 hours is better.
     
  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    ?? Are you saying the flight from Guam to Honolulu is not a domestic flight?
     
  6. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss Nassau Grouper

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    It is considered domestic international or something along that line. Crazy but considering the amount of non-americans coming into Honolulu I can see why. I had to get my checked bag, go through the customs agents and then recheck it. It was actually pretty quick all things considered
     
  7. Sevenrider860

    Sevenrider860 ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    My memory is that HNL-GUM and GUM-HNL travel is unique in that you are not technically processing through immigration (so US Citizens do not need passports), but because Guam is considered “outside the United States Customs Zone” you process through Customs.

    With that said...it has been a few years since I have made that trip and things may have changed.
     
  8. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss Nassau Grouper

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    Have to use them now regardless!
     
  9. Sevenrider860

    Sevenrider860 ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Good to know. The Customs and Border Patrol has conflicting information that was current as of July 2018.
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    U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR's) who travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place, are not required to present a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Green Card.

    However, it is recommended that travelers bring a government issued photo ID and copy of birth certificate.

    It also is recommended that you carry proof of your LPR status at all times in the event you are asked to prove your status. This may be in the form of a green card or passport.
     
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  10. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss Nassau Grouper

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    Odd for sure...When I booked my flight it mentioned passport requirments also, had to show it in Orlando and Guam. But things went smooth and fast so that was good
     

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