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NOTE: American Samoa is now open for tourism purposes.

American Samoa is an island located about 100 km east of Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean. In terms of ethnicity and culture, the two are similar. The island is famous for its friendly people and eco-friendly way of life, attracting thousands of nature-loving tourists every year.

It's a gorgeous beach destination with direct flights from Honolulu year-round. But before you go, prepare yourself by checking the American Samoa entry requirements. Do you need a visa to visit American Samoa? Or are you one of the eligible nationalities that can simply obtain the American Samoa entry permit waiver? Find out in this article.

What is the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program (EPWP)?

In the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program, citizens of certain countries can visit American Samoa without a visa or entry permit. If you hold a passport from one of the eligible countries, you can instead apply for the permit waiver online in just a few clicks.

This permit waiver allows both tourists and business travelers to enter the island without a visa. Business travel includes attending meetings, negotiating contracts, etc. However, it does not mean you can seek employment on the island.

Eligible passport holders for the American Samoa EPWP

American Samoa has its own immigration laws for visitors entering the territory. U.S. nationals can travel freely to and from the island.

At the time of writing this article, nationals of 40 countries can enter the country with an EPWP instead of making the American Samoa visa application.

These are the eligible countries for the permit waiver:

Andorra Chile Finland Iceland Latvia
Australia Croatia France Ireland Liechtenstein
Austria Czech Republic Germany Italy Lithuania
Belgium Denmark Greece Japan Luxembourg
Brunei Estonia Hungary Republic of Korea Malta
Monaco Portugal Spain The Netherlands San Marino
Sweden New Zealand Singapore Switzerland Norway
Poland Slovakia Taiwan Slovenia United Kingdom

The EPWP is not available to travelers entering American Samoa with the purpose of boarding fishing vessels or other commercial vessels.

If your nationality is not listed above, use the iVisa visa checker tool to find out if you need a different travel document. You can also contact your nearest American Samoa embassy or consulate.

Validity of the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver

With the entry permit waiver for American Samoa, you can stay up to 30 days Per Entry. The waiver must be applied for and approved within 48 hours before traveling to American Samoa.

Without this “OK TO BOARD” approval, foreign nationals will not be able to board their airplane. However, immigration officers still hold the final authority over your permission to enter.

Documents required to apply for the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver

The following documents and information are required to obtain your permit waiver for American Samoa via iVisa:

  • Personal information, such as name, address, and travel history.

  • Copy of your valid passport.

  • Local contact information while on the island.

  • Copy of your round-trip ticket or onward travel ticket.

  • Valid credit or debit card to pay the processing fee.

Transiting through American Samoa

A transit permit is automatically issued to travelers and crew arriving via cruise ships and staying for less than 24 hours. You do not need a permit waiver in those cases.

How to apply for the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver online

To obtain the entry permit waiver with the help of iVisa, follow these three simple steps:

  • Step 1: Provide basic information about yourself and your trip by filling out the online application form.

  • Step 2: Make sure all the necessary information to apply for the American Samoa Permit Waiver is correct, and select your preferred processing time. Pay the applicable processing and government fee securely online with your credit or debit card.

  • Step 3: Finally, upload the required documents, and click 'Submit.'

Once approved, you'll receive an email with a confirmation.

Costs and processing times of the American Samoa Permit Waiver

At iVisa, we can help you obtain your entry permit waiver to enter American Samoa in advance. Our experts will make sure to apply at the correct time.

There are three options for processing times and visa fees to choose from, depending on your needs:

  • Standard Processing Time (USD $69.49 - 6 Business Days): This option is a perfect choice for travelers who are not in a rush and are traveling on a budget.

  • Rush Processing Time (USD $124.99 - 4 Business Days): You will receive your permit waiver faster than the standard option for an extra processing fee.

  • Super Rush Processing Time (USD $171.99 - 2 Business Days): If you need the document urgently before travel, you can use this option to expedite the application process.

Traveling to American Samoa with minors

Eligible foreign nationals of 5 years or younger are exempt from the government permit fee. However, they are still required to go through the appropriate application process to obtain a permit, which includes a processing fee if done with iVisa.

COVID-19 requirements or restrictions on American Samoa

All travelers, including residents, who need to enter American Samoa, must adhere to certain COVID-19 rules and restrictions. This information may change over time. Please always check the website of the American Samoan government for the latest regulations.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to visit American Samoa?

No, you don't. COVID-19 vaccination certificates are not mandatory to visit American Samoa. As information can change rapidly, we advise you to check for the latest updates before traveling.

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result to visit American Samoa?

No COVID-19 test is required prior to traveling to American Samoa from the United States or Samoa.

Is there a mandatory quarantine period in American Samoa?

No quarantine is required for travelers arriving in American Samoa.

More information about travel documents for American Samoa

If you have questions about your trip to American Samoa, visas, and travel documents, please contact our customer support team at any time or email us at [email protected]. Our experts are available 24/7 to assist.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Airline Confirmation

Important Instructions
  • Tourists and business travelers can enter the island with the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program.

  • The American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver allow the travelers to stay on the island up to 30 days.

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