|Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 04 January 2011
Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
See our Terrorism Abroad page.
Safety and Security - Crime
The level of both serious and petty crime is low. See our Victims of Crime Abroad page.
Safety and Security - Local Travel
The tropical cyclone season from November to April can seriously affect local travel. If you are contemplating sea journeys in particular during this period you should obtain a weather report from a marine weather website, such as from the World Meteorological Organisation at: http://www.wmo.ch/index-en.html.
Entry Requirements - Visa Requirements
British passport holders visiting American Samoa are normally given permission to enter for up to 30 days provided they have an onward air or sea ticket and relevant health certificates.
Entry Requirements - Passport Validity
American Samoa is a US unincorporated territory therefore US visa restrictions apply. Ensure that your passport has six months’ validity remaining on it before you leave.
Entry Requirements - Yellow Fever vaccination certificates
Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are required only if you have been in an infected area prior to arrival in American Samoa.
Entry Requirements - Travelling when pregnant
Women in an advanced state of pregnancy should bring with them documentation from a medical professional attesting to their stage of pregnancy. The Immigration Office in American Samoa is not allowing entry to women who are six months or more pregnant.
Health - Mosquito Protection
Besides being a general nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. There is a heightened risk of Dengue in American Samoa. You should take all precautions against mosquito bites whenever possible and seek medical attention immediately if Dengue symptoms (such as fever, severe headaches, muscle or joint pains) occur.
To protect against insect bites, follow the “5 D’s” of prevention:
Dusk and Dawn - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, during the dusk and dawn hours.
Dress - wear clothing that covers skin.
DEET - use mosquito repellents including DEET on skin and clothing.
Drainage - Empty all areas of standing water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The tropical cyclone season in American Samoa normally runs from November to April. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). You can also access http://www.nhc.noaa.gov for updates. See our Tropical Cyclones page.
General - Insurance
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. In the event of a medical emergency, evacuation to Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii is likely to be the only option for treatment, and insurance policies should cover this eventuality. Check for any exclusions and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See our Travel Insurance page.
If things do go wrong when you are overseas then see our When Things Go Wrong page.
General - Registration
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.
General - Emergency assistance
There is no resident British diplomatic mission in American Samoa. In the case of emergency you should contact the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles.