According to globalsciencellc, the Northern Mariana Islands (Chamorro: Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas) is a United States of America territory in the Pacific Ocean (Oceania). The Northern Mariana Islands are part of the Marianas archipelago and the Micronesia region. The Northern Mariana Islands consists of the following islands: Agrihan, Aguijan, Alamagan, Anatahan, Asuncion Island, Farallon de Medinilla, Farallon de Pajaros, Guguan, Maug Islands, Pagan, Saipan, Sarigan, Rota and Tinian. The capital of the Northern Mariana Islands is Saipan.
According to elaineqho, the Northern Mariana Islands are located on the tops of a volcanic mountain range. This mountain range is no less than 11,000 meters high from the sea floor. All islands are hilly and also host a lot of flora and fauna. The coastline is mostly rocky with several bays and beaches. The waters around the islands are ideal for diving to several coral reefs, shipwrecks and caves. In the capital Saipan you can shop duty-free. Many remains of the first and second world war can also be found on the islands. This is because the Northern Mariana Islands played an important role as a supply position. In addition, battles have taken place between Americans and Japanese.
Where are the Northern Mariana Islands?
Travel information of Northern Mariana Islands
Official name: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Area: 464 km²
Capital city: Saipan
Country code: MP, MNP
Population: 51,433 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Territory of the United States of America
Highest point: 965 m
Distance (Amsterdam – Saipan): 11,630 km
Flight time: approximately 16 hours and 30 minutes
Negative travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found at Travel.gc.ca.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in the Northern Mariana Islands that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Northern Mariana Islands, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to the Northern Mariana Islands. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Weather and climate
The Northern Mariana Islands have a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees all year round. During the months of July to October there is a lot of precipitation.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the Northern Mariana Islands can be found at Climate info.
Best time to travel
February, March, April, May and June are the best months to travel to the Northern Mariana Islands. You avoid the rainy and hurricane season.
English, Chamorro and Carolinian are the official languages in the Northern Mariana Islands.
You must have a passport that is still valid when you leave the Northern Mariana Islands.
A visa is not necessary if you travel with a transport company that works with the ‘visa waiver program’ and stays shorter than 90 days.
Since January 12, 2009, travelers traveling to the US under the Visa Waver Program must register at least 72 hours before arrival in the Northern Mariana Islands. This registration consists of completing a questionnaire via the internet: esta.cbp.dhs.gov. The fee of USD 14 per person must be paid by credit card.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the United States of America (also for the Northern Mariana Islands): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
US Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting the Northern Mariana Islands, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In the Northern Mariana Islands, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in the Northern Mariana Islands are slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -6% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (21% cheaper), food (27% more expensive), imported beer in catering (30% more expensive), cigarettes (20% cheaper) and clothing (50% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the Northern Mariana Islands it is customary to tip approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 8 hours later in the Northern Mariana Islands.
During our winter time it is 9 hours later in the Northern Mariana Islands.
The Northern Mariana Islands has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On the Northern Mariana Islands you must drive on the right.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Northern Mariana Islands.
On the Northern Mariana Islands you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Northern Mariana Islands end in.mp.
Northern Mariana Islands official websites: gov.mp and mymarianas.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Northern Mariana Islands is 001670 or +1670.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Northern Mariana Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of the Northern Mariana Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Northern Mariana Islands.
An overview of all public holidays in the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on timeanddate.com.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in the Northern Mariana Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the Northern Mariana Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
The Northern Mariana Islands are not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Northern Mariana Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Northern Mariana Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…The Northern Mariana Islands has only three inhabited cities?
…More than 50,000 people died during the battle of Saipan?
…The plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima came from the Northern Mariana Islands?
…There are many Spanish influences in the Northern Mariana Islands?
…Outsiders cannot buy land in the Northern Mariana Islands?