GENERAL INFORMATION

It's all about location!

American Samoa is located in the center of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii in the north and New Zealand in the south. Our geographic coordinates are 14 degrees 16 degrees south, 170 degrees 42 degrees west.

Immigration

American Samoa has its own Immigration Laws for all foreign visitors entering the Territory.

U.S. Passport holders can travel freely to and from the Territory.

American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program

To qualify for the entry under the EPWP, a foreign traveler must provide:

  1. Non-Expired Machine Readable Passport that must be valid for at least 6 months after planned departure from American Samoa;
  2. Confirmed roundtrip ticket to point of origin or onward passage; and
  3. Payment of USD$20 processing fee.
  • The above documents and payment must be provided to the Office of the Attorney General or the Immigration Office at least 48 hours before travel. Payment may be made at the airport upon arrival.
  • If the materials are in order, the Office of the Attorney General will issue an OK to Board allowing entry into American Samoa. A conditional OK to Board will be issued if payment is to be made upon arrival. Failure to pay will result in denial of entry.
  • Upon arrival at the port of entry, the traveler must present a copy of the OK to Board document to Immigration Officers.

Eligibility under the EPWP does not guarantee entry into American Samoa. Immigration Officers may refuse entry at the port of entry based on American Samoa laws. Furthermore, a traveler who poses a threat to the welfare, health and safety, or security of American Samoa will be denied entry and place back on the arriving vessel to be returned to the point of origin.

Travelers entering American Samoa to board fishing vessels or other commercial vessels are NOT eligible for the EPWP.

Countries: Citizens of the following countries are eligible to travel to American Samoa under the EPWP. These countries are also listed under the U.S. State Department Visa Waiver Program.

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Permitted Activities: The following are examples of activities permitted while in American Samoa on the EPWP.

  1. Business: (a) Consult with business associates; (b) Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference; (c) Attend a short-term training (you may not be paid by any source in American Samoa with the exception of expenses incidental to your stay); (d) Negotiate a contract
  2. Tourism: (a) Tourism; (b) Vacation (holiday); (c) Visit friends or relatives; (d) Medical treatment; (e) Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations; (f) Participation by amateurs in musical, sports or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participation; (g) enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example a two day cooking class while on vacation); (h) Participation in cultural or religious exchanges.

Prohibited Activities: The following are examples of prohibited activities while in American Samoa on the EPWP.

  1. Study, for credit
  2. Employment
  3. Work as a foreign press, radio, film, journalist, or other information media
  4. Apply for residency in American Samoa
  5. Apply for extension of stay in American Samoa, except in emergency situations.

The email address to send a copy of your valid passport and a copy of your return or onward airline ticket to obtain an OK to Board is okboard@la.as.gov

Travelers and crew arriving on cruise ships visiting for one day (less than 24 hours) do not need an entry permit as a TRANSIT PERMIT (for visitors staying less than 24 hours) is automatically issued.

All other travelers whose citizens are not listed under the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program list must obtain a Entry Permit by contacting the Attorney General's Office on the above email address.

For any questions regarding the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program contact the Office of the Attorney General, Phone +1 (684) 633-4163 or +1 (684) 633-4164 or Email okboard@la.as.gov.

How to get here

Three international airlines fly to American Samoa from Hawaii, USA, Samoa and Tonga. Hawaiian Airlines operates bi-weekly flights from Honolulu to Pago Pago, while both Polynesian Airlines and Talofa Airways operate daily services from Apia, Samoa. Talofa Airways also offers a twice a week service from Tonga to American Samoa. All airlines offer additional flights during the peak holiday travel times of the year June - August and December - January. For further information and flight schedules visit the respective airline websites. A ferry service is operated between Samoa and American Samoa once a week by the Samoa Shipping Corporation in Apia, Samoa.

Airports

Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) on Tutuila Island is you main arrival point in American Samoa. Two other airports are found in the Manu'a Islands, Fitiuta Airport (FTI) on Ta'u Island and Ofu Airport (OFU) on Ofu Island.

Duty Free Allowance

All travelers entering American Samoa may bring in 1 x bottle of alcohol (including wine), 1 x carton of cigarettes and 1 x case of beer. Any traveler with amounts over these limits will be charged a percentage of duty by Customs.

Currency

The United States Dollar is the currency used in American Samoa. Notes: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. Coins: 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c. Major foreign currencies can be exchanged at local banks.

Banks and ATMs

There are three major banks on island, The Bank of Hawaii (BOH), ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank (ANZ) and the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS). The BOH branch in located in Tafuna and open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm. The ANZ has branches in Fagatogo and Tafuna and open weekdays 9:00am to 4:00pm. The TBAS is open locate in Utulei and open Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00pm. All banks have ATMs located around the island of Tutuila and see the tourist map for locations.

What's the weather forecast?

American Samoa has a tropical climate all year round with two distinct seasons, the west and dry season. The wet season is usually between November and March and the dry season from April to October. Average daily temperature ranges from 84 degrees - 86 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees - 30 degrees Celsius.

What to wear?

Light cotton summer clothing is recommended all year round. Swimwear is appropriate for the beaches but when going into the villages please cover up or put on a t-shirt, shorts or wear a lavalava (sarong). If going to church on Sunday, slacks and short for men and a nice dress or blouse and skirt for women. If you are not sure just ask someone.

Time zone

American Samoa is 11 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time UTC -11. For example if its 9:00am Monday in New Zealand, then its 10:00am Sunday in American Samoa.

Electrical Power

110 volts using American power points.

Language

Samoan and English are spoken by over 95 percent of the population, with English being the main business language.

Commercial hours

Retail stores and Government offices are open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm with some bigger stores closing late. Stores open on Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the majority of retailers are closed on Sunday.

Post Office

The United States Post Office is located in Fagatogo and is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. On Thursdays it closes at 4:00pm and is open on Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm.

Public Holidays

January 1st -  New Year's Day

January 16th - Martin Luther King Day

February 20th - President's Day

April 17th - American Samoa Flag Day

May 28th - Memorial Day

July 4th - Independence Day

July 16th - Manu'a Cession Day

September 3rd - Labor Day

October 8th - Columbus Day

November 12th - Veteran's Day

November 22nd - Thanksgiving Day

December 25th - Christmas Day

Information Center

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau is located at Fagaima Center One, Level 1, Suite 203, corner Airport Road and Fagaima Road, Tafuna. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Bureau is closed weekends and on Public Holidays. The office will also be closed during cruise ship visit days.