Embassies & Consulates

All American Samoan diplomatic affairs are handled by the US. There are no consulates or embassies in American Samoa and no places that are able to issue visas for the US.

Emergency & Important Numbers

911

Entry & Exit Formalities

Visas

US citizens equipped with a valid passport and an onward ticket can visit American Samoa visa-free. Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and some EU countries equipped with a passport (valid for at least 60 days) and an onward ticket will receive a free one-month visa on arrival. Other nationals must apply in advance for their one-month visa (US$40). It's a good idea to check your status before you go.

Visas can be issued by the Attorney General's office, but given that it has no official website, email queries often go unanswered and the phone connection can be dodgy, it's a better idea to ask your hotel if they can arrange a visa for you (fee about US$40).

Visa extensions are handled by the AG or the Immigration Office, located within the government building in Pago Pago. Visas can only be extended by one month; the fee for this varies depending on what country you hail from. Again, larger hotels should be willing to play the middleman in what can be a confusing and convoluted procedure.

Internet Access

Most hotels and guesthouses offer wi-fi.

Maps

The tourism and national park offices produce free brochures with maps.

Money

The US dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the unit of currency in use in American Samoa.

ATMs are provided by the ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank and the Bank of Hawai’i on Tutuila.

Tipping is not expected or encouraged in American Samoa, though it's acceptable for exceptional service at finer restaurants.

Opening Hours

The following are standard opening hours in American Samoa:

Banks 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, some open 8.30am to 12.30pm Saturday

Bars noon to midnight

Government offices 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants 8am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm

Shops 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 8am to noon Saturday (village stores keep longer hours)

Telephone

Blue Sky sells SIM cards and pre-paid mobile credit.

Time

The local time in American Samoa is GMT/UTC minus 11 hours. Therefore, when it’s noon in American Samoa, it’s 11pm the same day in London, 3pm the same day in Los Angeles, 9am the following day in Sydney and – just to be skull-crunchingly confusing for those booking flights to/from Samoa – 1pm the following day in Apia.