Asia and Oceania

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Still current at: 10 June 2008
Updated: 23 April 2008


This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Health section (HIV and AIDS). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

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Travel advice for this country


Travel Summary

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Most visits to American Samoa are trouble-free.  We are not aware of any British nationals who required consular assistance in American Samoa in 2007.

  • The tropical cyclone season in American Samoa normally runs from November to April. 
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.  See the General (Insurance) section of this advice and Travel Insurance for more details.

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.  For further information see Terrorism Abroad.
 
Crime
 
The level of both serious and petty crime is low.
 
For more general information see Victims of Crime Abroad.
 
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 web site, 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.
 
Passport validity
 
American Samoa is a US unincorporated territory therefore US visa restrictions apply. You should ensure that your passport has six months’ validity remaining on it before you leave.
 
Yellow Fever vaccinate certificates
 
Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are required only if you have been in an infected area prior to arrival in American Samoa.
 
Travelling when pregnant
 
Women should be aware that those 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

Medical facilities are basic and therefore medical evacuation by air ambulance to Hawaii, New Zealand or Australia may be necessary.  You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.  For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS.
 
You should seek medical advice before travelling to American Samoa and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date.
 
For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Heath Network and Centre NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
For more general health information see Travel Health.
 
NATURAL DISASTERS
 
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.

General

Insurance
 
We strongly recommend that you obtain 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.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.  See Travel Insurance.
 
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.
 
Consular 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.  More information about registering with LOCATE can be found here.

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contacts

United States, Los Angeles, British Consulate-General

Address:

11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90025-6538

Telephone:

(310) 481 0031
(310) 481 2900 Visa

Fax:

(310) 481 2960
(310) 481 2961 (Visas only)

Email: invest.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Email: pppa.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Email: trade.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Email: consular.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Office hours:

GMT:
Mon-Fri: 1630-0100

Local Time:
Mon-Fri: 0830-1700

Website: http://www.britainusa.com/la