Fully vaccinated travelers coming into CNMI may now skip quarantine




Saipan— The CNMI government has lifted the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers coming into the commonwealth.


Effective June 3, inbound travelers who are verified-vaccinated may leave the airport and go straight home or check directly into their hotels after completing their mandatory health declaration form at least 72 hours prior to arrival.


The quarantine waiver also requires that the travelers’ lodging or home passes the assessment prior to landing, according to health authorities.


The new rules were announced today by the Governor’s CNMI Task Force and the Commonwealth Health Corp.


Authorities said fully vaccinated travelers must include their vaccination documentation in their mandatory health declaration form at least 72 hours prior to their arrival to ensure that their Covid-19 vaccination is verified in a timely manner.


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For individuals who were vaccinated in the CNMI, the CHCC Communicable Disease Investigation/Inspection team will look up CHCC vaccination records to verify that the individual is fully vaccinated.


For individuals who were vaccinated elsewhere, they will have to provide an official immunization record from their vaccine provider that must include the following information: name of immunization record provider, traveler's name, traveler’s date of birth, type of vaccine administered, vaccine name, vaccine lot number, and vaccine administration date.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control vaccination record cards are not vaccination records accepted for travel into the CNMI.


Verified-vaccinated travelers from level 1 jurisdictions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s travel recommendations by destinations, do not have to test upon arrival, but will undergo a lodging or home assessment and will be tested on the fifth day after arrival.


Authorities said level 1 travelers, who may fail their lodging or home assessment are encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms.


Individuals experiencing Covid-19 symptoms should call the CHCC Tele-Triage Hotlineavailable 24 hours a day at (670) 233-2067.


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Verified-vaccinated travelers from level 2 or higher jurisdictions can now be tested at the airport if they submit required entry documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival, but must also pass a lodging or home assessment and will be tested on the fifth day after arrival.


Should any individual test positive during any test, they will be isolated at the government quarantine facility.


According to the new directive, unvaccinated incoming travelers who are requesting critical or essential work approval will be evaluated based on the strength of work justification, point of origin, pre-arrival PCR test, Covid-19 vaccinations, and transit/flight plans.


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