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Helpful Articles - Living in Guam

7 Things You Can Now Ship to Guam—Easily

We’ve all been there: You’ve got an online shopping cart, loaded up with exactly what you want. During checkout, you arrive at the “Shipping Address” section, enter Guam as the state, and hold your breath. Then, you let it out in a frustrated sigh as the dreaded red letters appear on the screen: Sorry, this item is not available to ship to Guam. Alternatively, if you don’t get this message, you might instead watch in horror as the cost of your order literally doubles with shipping costs and delivery surcharges. Let’s face it. There are a lot of wonderful things about living in Guam. Coordinating […]

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Stay Prepared During Typhoon Season by Understanding Guam’s Conditions of Readiness

Two factors make it important for Guam residents to keep themselves in a constant state of readiness where tropical cyclones are concerned: Tropical storms and typhoons can affect Guam any time of year, although they’re most likely from late June through December. In the days just before a storm is likely to hit, supplies can get low quickly, so if you keep your emergency store stocked throughout the year, you’re more likely to have what you need, when you need it. Your best tool for staying informed and prepared when it comes to storms are Guam’s Conditions of Readiness, which you will hear referred to […]

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A Closer Look at Guam’s Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) System

On April 30, 2020, Guam adopted the Pandemic Condition of Readiness (PCOR) system. This four-tiered approach, set out in the Guam Recovery Panel of Advisors’ Chalan Para Hinemlo plan, establishes the criteria for the lifting of mandates and restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the PCOR system may be new, the concept is not. In establishing the PCOR, the government of Guam adapted the familiar four-level approach of the Typhoon Condition of Readiness (TCOR) system for preparing for the arrival of a tropical storm or typhoon. Ultimately, the PCOR system and the accompanying Chalan Para Hinemlo (“Road to Recovery”) plan, has four […]

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“Is Guam a US Territory?” and 12 Other Fascinating Facts

Thousands of people asked Google last month: “Is Guam a U.S. territory?” The quick answer? Yes. However, the longer answer is actually more interesting—and it reveals Guam’s unique global status as well as its rich history. Through 13 fascinating facts, we’ll take you through a quick tour of the series of events that led Guam to where it is today—a U.S. territory, populated by citizens of diverse origins with a vibrant culture to share. Fact #1: Guam is part of the Marianas Islands. Sort of. Geologically, Guam is part of the Marianas Island archipelago, a crescent-shaped line of islands in the Pacific Ocean that are […]

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Guam Customs: Preparing for Your Move

Guam’s status as a U.S. territory has long created confusion for those traveling or moving to the island. We hear questions all the time, like: “Is a flight from the mainland to Guam considered international or domestic?” Or: “Do U.S. citizens need to bring their passports when they fly to Guam?”  However, perhaps the most common question we deal with on a daily basis is:   “Do I have to go through customs when I move to Guam?   (Or move back to the mainland?)”  The short answer? Yes.   We’ll walk you through the longer answer in this article to address pretty much everything we think you need […]

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