By Pacific Island Times News Staff
CNMI waives quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers
Saipan--Effective May 17, fully vaccinated travelers coming into the CNMI from level 1 jurisdictions on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s travel health notice list do not have to quarantine, the commonwealth government announced over the weekend.
The CNMI is preparing for the reopening of tourism in July. As of May 15, at least 57 percent of the CNMI's eligible population are fully vaccinated.
Travelers are required to provide verifiable vaccination documentation from their respective health department or health provider and after their lodging or household passes the assessment, CNMI officials said.
“If their household assessment fails, these travelers will be given the option to self-monitor at home,” according to a press release from the CNMI government.
Travelers from level 1 jurisdictions also do not have to test upon arrival but will be tested on the fifth day after arrival.
Level 1 destinations are those determined to have a low risk of exposure to Covid-19.
CDC has lowered the CNMI’s risk alert from level 2 in April to level 1 this month.
CNMI officials advised fully vaccinated travelers from jurisdictions other than level 1 to apply for self-quarantine either at home or a lodging facility.
“If their household assessment fails, these travelers will be required to quarantine at a government quarantine facility. These individuals will be tested on arrival and the fifth day after arrival,” the CNMI government said.
Individuals are deemed fully vaccinated two weeks after their second or last dose. Should any individual test positive during any test, they will be isolated at the government quarantine facility.
Travelers applying for any modified quarantine may receive an application decision after they arrive and may be required to quarantine at the designated government facility pending approval.
Travelers are advised to apply at least 72 hours prior to arrival into the CNMI, as requests are processed in the order of receipt and validation.
CNMI vaccinated individuals will be processed quicker as the CHCC can verify vaccination status in-house.