IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO AMERICAN SAMOA
Permits and Travel Authorizations
Executive Office Building - 3rd floor
Phone: (684) 633-4163 or 633-4164
Fax: (684) 633-1838
Utulei Phone: (684) 633-4203 or 633-4204
Tafuna Phone: (684) 699-9129
Department of Legal Affairs
Under the auspices of the Department of Legal Affairs (Attorney General's Office) the Immigration Office enforces the lawful entrance into the Territory of American Samoa. They are tasked with protecting the borders and regulating travel to and from the Territory. American Samoa is the only United States Territory that has retained oversight of its own borders. Immigration officers are stationed at all ports to ensure all travelers entering American Samoa have proper travel documents. The main office is located on the first floor of the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei.
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All visitors to the Territory require a valid passport. For non-U.S. Citizens or non-U.S. Nationals, a valid passport (with at least six months of validity remaining on said passport), a round-trip ticket (or ticket indicating that the visitor is merely in transit and will be in the Territory for a period less than twenty-four (24) hours), and an entry permit is required for entry. Please see the list below for a list of countries whose passport holders can enter without the need for an entry permit.
Who can travel to American Samoa without a permit?
Residency Petitions and Applications
Citizens of of the following countries traveling to American Samoa are required to submit copies of the following documents before arrival:
1) Provide a copy of a valid, machine readable passport issued by the traveler's country of origin (expiration date must be valid for no less than six (6) months from date of travelers departure from American Samoa).
2) Provide a copy of a round-trip or onward ticket, leaving American Samoa within 30 days or less of arrival.
3) Payment of a $20 USD processing fee (payable upon arrival).
Family Based Petition
If an immigrant wishes to establish residency in the Territory, they are required to go through an application process based on one of two methods: (1) a family based petition or (2) an employment based petition described in detail below.
Those who immigrate to American Samoa based on familial ties are required to fill out and submit form P-12 to start the process. Form P-12 can be obtained at the Immigration Office on the first floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.
Employment Based Petition
Those who immigrate based on employment are required to fill out application form P-45. Form P-45 can be picked up at the Immigration Office on the first floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.
All applicants are required to post a bond dependent on the applicant's country of origin. Click on link below for a list or
contact the Immigration Office for details. The application fee is $75 USD plus a $30 fee for the Identification Card.
Travel Alerts & Warnings
American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Countries
NOTE: The aforementioned list of waiver countries is based on the United States' current list of Visa Waiver Countries.
PLEASE SUBMIT SCANNED COPIES OF THE AFOREMENTIONED DOCUMENTS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Travelers entering American Samoa to board fishing or commercial vessels are not eligible for this program and must secure an entry permit in order to enter)
Republic of S. Korea
(includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)