• Food prices in the supermarkets tend to be about the same as in most major cities in the United States. If your diet is comprised of supermarket fare (packaged, boxed, canned, bottled goods), then in some instances, your costs may be a bit higher given that the shipping costs to our remote location can add a premium to some items, when we have them.
If, on the other hand, you choose to live on locally-grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, you can save quite a bit as these prices are very low.
[More entries coming soon from people with kids who live on the Standard American Diet]
• Electricity from the local utility company currently costs 0.21 cents per kilowatt hour. People with air conditioners, televisions, stereos, etc. are typically seeing bills of $200 and more per month.
• Here's a link to my blog post entitled "How Much does it cost to live on Saipan?
• Ace Hardware,
• Dolphin Wholesale
• National Office Supplies,
• Modern Stationery
• Joe-ten Superstore (formerly Price Costco)
For reviews of these and other stores by local residents, check out the Saipan Consumer Guide in the SaipanBookStore
Dear sir or madam, |
I am interested in placing an order with your company. However, I need to verify the following:
I'd like to place an order to be shipped to me here on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
(official name Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; aka CNMI, which includes Saipan, Tinian and Rota)
1. FOR THOSE ON THE US MAINLAND OR ITS TERRITORIES, SAIPAN IS NOT A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR AN INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION
Are you familiar with shipping to Saipan?
I'll call to place an order, and hope that I'll be able to communicate the above and have it listened to and acted on successfully. :-) Please advise.
If I'm not able to have the vendor ship to me directly, I sometimes have to have it sent to my friends in the states, and have them send it to me here. That also requires a separate email with instructions to them on how to do that.
Thanks for agreeing to send the package to me. Here are some instructions. Please follow them carefully to make sure I actually do get the package.
1. First, get a FLAT RATE PRIORITY BOX you get free at the post office (the cube ones 11 x 8.5 x 5.5) (There are now 3 sizes of flat rate box. The post office just created a smaller size. So make sure you find what is now the "medium" size which has a shipping rate of $10.35 regardless of weight.)
2. attach a white customs form
3. Send to
For anything over 2 pounds, or if it's large, use the Flat Rate Priority BOX (as opposed to the envelope) for $8.95
Half the clerks at the post office in the US
A. aren't aware Saipan exists, and/or
B. don't know that Priority Mail applies to Saipan, and will tell you all sorts of other things that aren't true and don't apply. If you run into any clerk who gives you a hard time, ask to speak to a supervisor, or just move to another window.
For mail and most other things, doing business in or with Saipan it's treated just like it would be in Hawaii and Guam. In fact, just so you're well informed, Saipan is in the same "postal zone" as Hawaii and Guam: USPS Postal Zone Number 8).
Dear Crazy, Here is the relevant info, pulled from http://www.paws-saipan.org/quarantine.asp
You may also want to phone Ph 670-234-6169 (as indicated below) as well as neighborhood PAWs advocate, Katie, at 285-PAWS (7297) and check out http://paws-saipan.blogspot.com/
(Courtesy of Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz, DLNR)
Vaccination requirements: Must be current for Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Rabies, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) and Coronavirus.
Parasite Treatment: Must be free of or treated within 14 days of arrival on Saipan for internal and external parasites.
Quarantine Requirement: Upon arrival on Saipan, the dog will be quarantined at the CNMI Government Animal Quarantine Facility in As Perdido for a minimum of sixty (60) days. If the owner qualifies for "Home Quarantine," the remaining 60 days can be completed at owner's residence, otherwise the entire 120 days will be completed in the government facility. (So far, we have not refused any applicant for the home quarantine, but for some, they had to perform certain requirements or to provide a ladder in a couple of instances. For most, though, there were no additional requirements.)
Health Examination/Certification: The dog must be examined and certified by a licensed veterinarian as healthy and free of contagious or communicable diseases and internal/external parasites within fourteen (14) days of arrival on Saipan.
Other Requirements: Must be accompanied by valid CNMI Animal Quarantine Entry Permit which cost $10.00 per animal, plus $50.00 security deposit (to reserve a kennel space which is limited - only 10 are available) which is non-refundable and must be paid by certified check or money order made out to "CNMI Treasurer." The security deposit will be applied towards payment of the total amount for the quarantine fee which varies depending upon the dog's weight. It is $3.00 per day for less than 30 lbs.; $3.50 between 30 to 50 lbs.; $4.50 between 50 to 80 lbs.; and $5.00 per day for dogs weighing over 80 lbs. We do not use any special diet. We buy all of our pet food from the local stores, usually the "cheapest" but of good quality (not the best, though!).
If you need additional information or clarification, please let us know. Payment (by certified check or money order made out to "CNMI Treasurer") may be sent to:
Saipan, MP 96950.
This way, we can receive the payment faster (if you are not pressed for time). Official address:
Office of Animal Health & Industry
Division of Agriculture
Saipan, MP 96950.
Your pet can also be quarantined in Hawaii or Guam. Upon completion of their quarantine requirements, your pet can be entered into the CNMI without further quarantine. You would still need to obtain an entry permit, though, and meet any other requirements not applicable to them.
Re: condition of entry #3 n the entry permit. I personally treat our pets monthly for internal and external parasites. The dogs get Frontline (on the skin) for fleas and ticks, and pills for gastrointestinal worms and heartworm. The cat gets Revolution (on the skin) for just about everything internal and external except ticks. Cats don't get ticks in Okinawa, but I also keep a flea/tick collar on her, just in case. And, although Revolution is good for most gastrointestinal worms, I back that up with a pill every two months, too. So I wonder what certification I would need for this. Would I need to have a vet medicate them once and issue a certificate?
The answer provided was:
As per your question on no. 3 entry permit for your cat and dog, the only answer I can say is, if you can print out the forms and show it to your veterinarian because I only know that conditions and requirements as be to follow on what was stated on the form. Or? Your veterinary can make a note on the Health Certificate saying that your pet animals has been treated every month on vaccinations, internal and external parasites. I hope this information helps .
• Yes. It is illegal to bring hand guns into the CNMI. One can bring in rifles but only certain gauges. Anything .233 or under is ok. Also a .410 shotgun is ok. But that's all.
• There is a VFW on island. I don't have a contact number (today's Friday, and all gov't offices are closed), but one could e-mail < firstname.lastname@example.org > (the CNMI gov't office for veteran affairs) for information about it.