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American Samoa - Take normal security precautions

Take normal security precautions in American Samoa.

Safety and security

Safety and security

Crime

Petty and violent crime occurs on occasion. Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety are poor throughout the territory. Vehicle safety regulations aren’t regularly enforced. Traffic violations routinely occur.

Roads often cross small streams. Slow down and be careful when driving over such areas.

  • Observe speed limits
  • Avoid driving at night outside of main cities

Buses and taxis

Buses and taxis are available.

Air travel

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

Swimming

Tidal changes can cause powerful currents in the many coastal lagoons around the islands. Several fatal swimming accidents occur each year.

  • Consult tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities

General safety information

Don’t approach or feed stray dogs, which can become aggressive.

There’s no resident Canadian government office in American Samoa. The Australian High Commission in Apia, Samoa, provides consular assistance to Canadians in American Samoa under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement.

We encourage you to register with the Australian High Commission to receive the latest information on situations and events that could affect your safety.

Australian High Commission

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from American Samoan authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

American Samoa is a territory of the United States but retains oversight of its own borders. Some entry and exit requirements, such as passport validity, differ from those of the United States.

More about entry to American Samoa - American Samoa Immigration office

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave American Samoa.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.

Useful links

Visas

Canadians can visit American Samoa without an entry permit or visa for a period of up to 30 days.

At least 48 hours prior to your arrival, you must apply for and receive authorization from the Entry Permit Waiver Program. Cruise ship passengers need not apply.

Online application - Entry Permit Waiver Program

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Children and travel

Learn about travel with children.

 

Health

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
  • There are no updates at this time.
Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.

Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

Risk

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.

About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Oceanic Pacific Islands. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasismalaria and Zika virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Chikungunya

There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Zika virus infection

Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. The mosquito that spreads the virus is found here.  

Travel recommendations:

All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites and other diseases spread by insects.   


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.


Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are limited. Health-care facilities are adequate for routine treatments, but limited in range and availability. Immediate cash payment for health services is expected. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you’ll be travelling away from major city centres.

There is a hyperbaric (decompression) chamber available at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center (Tel.: +1 684 633 1222) in Fagaalu on the island of Tutuila.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

Laws and culture

Laws & culture

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.

Drugs

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy prison sentences.

Additional restrictions

Samoa strictly regulates the import of firearms, pets, plant and animal products, and pornographic materials. Check customs with the Samoa Tourist Authority.

Samoa Tourist Authority - Local customs and culture

LGBTQ2 travellers

American Samoa law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. However, homosexuality is not widely accepted in American Samoan society.

LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to American Samoa.

General safety information and advice for LGBTQ2 travellers abroad

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in the United States.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of the United States, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.

General information for travellers with dual citizenship

Driving

Traffic drives on the right. You must carry an international driving permit if you plan on driving in American Samoa for 30 days or more.

More about the International Driving Permit

Culture

To avoid offending local sensitivities:

  • dress conservatively
  • behave discreetly
  • respect religious and social traditions

Money

The currency of American Samoa is the U.S. dollar.

Major credit cards are accepted at hotels, car-rental firms and airlines.

ATMs are available.

Natural disasters and climate

Natural disasters & climate

Seismic activity

American Samoa is prone to earthquakes. A tsunami can occur within minutes of a nearby earthquake and can travel long distances across the Pacific.

  • If staying in accommodations on the coast, familiarize yourself with the region’s evacuation plans in the event of a tsunami warning

Rainy and cyclone season

The rainy and cyclone seasons in the South Pacific extend from November to April.

Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides. Flooding and landslides have resulted in significant loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure. These events hamper the provision of essential services. Disruptions to air services and to water and power supplies may also occur.

  • Keep informed of regional weather forecasts
  • Avoid disaster areas
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities

During a cyclone, hotel guests may be required to leave accommodations near the shore and move to safety centres inland. Travel to and from outer islands may be disrupted for some days.

Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoons

Assistance

Assistance

Local services

Emergency services

Dial 911 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

There is no resident Canadian government office in American Samoa. You can obtain consular assistance and further information from the High Commission of Australia in Apia, Samoa, under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement.

Apia - High Commission of Australia
Street AddressBeach Road, Apia, SamoaPostal AddressP.O. Box 704, ApiaTelephone685 24311Fax68 5 23 159Emailahc.apia@dfat.gov.auInternetwww.samoa.embassy.gov.au/apia/home.html
Wellington - High Commission of Canada
Street AddressLevel 11, 125 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New ZealandPostal AddressP.O. Box 8047, Wellington 6143, New ZealandTelephone+64 4 473-9577Fax+64 4 471-2082Emailwlgtn@international.gc.caInternetwww.newzealand.gc.caServicesPassport Services AvailableTwitter@CanHCNZ

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Australia in Apia and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.


The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services.

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