American Samoa

Samoas work on a travel bubble

Arrival requirements for American Samoa include travellers being fully vaccinated and testing negative prior to departure, as well as a 24-hour quarantine period upon arrival in the territory.

Samoa has specific requirements for travelers arriving from American Samoa, along with a special conditions for travelers transiting through Pago Pago to Samoa.

Negotiations towards a weekly flight between the two Samoas are ongoing and no start date has been set.


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Rat infestation problem at American Samoa Post Office

Territorial health officials are waiting for official permission from the US Postal Service to enter the facility for inspection and address the infestation.

Samoa News reports that the rat problem was raised during a House Health Committee hearing.

A local lawmaker, Luaitaua Gene Pan, told the hearing that every time he goes to the Post Office to pick up his mail, the Post Master or other senior officials approach him and ask for assistance with the problem of the many rats living inside the building.

American Samoa congratulates Samoa's new Prime Minister

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, the Governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga says he congratulated Fiame over the phone, adding that American Samoa expressed blessings to the new government of Samoa.

The Territory's Congresswoman, Uifa'atali Amata also congratulated Fiame on her historic leadership role as the first female Prime Minister of Samoa.

In a statement, she said she congratulated the Prime Minister, and wished her and her Government and the people of Samoa all the best.

Samoa leads campaign for American Samoa’s PIF membership

American Samoa, a US territory, has observer status in the Forum.

Savali Newspaper reports Samoa is leading the campaign with the backing of the Polynesian Leaders Group which includes Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, American Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

American Samoa's repatriation system picks up five Covid-19 cases

The four are now under the care of state health officials along with one person who may have been exposed to them.

All have been removed from the hotel in Honolulu.

The information was revealed at a press conference with Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and members of the Covid 19 Task Force, led by Lieutenant Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale.

Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua said those who tested positive were members of a family who had travelled from the mainland.

New American Samoa Governor sworn in

Church leaders, chiefs and orators as well as business owners witnessed the inauguration of the sixth locally elected gubernatorial team to take office at the Fagatogo Malae.

The new Lieutenant Governor is Talauega Eleasalo Ale who was the Attorney General under the previous administration.

Lemanu, who turned 61 today, arrived at the ceremony on by himself because First Lady Ella Perefoti is stranded in Hawaii due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 positive sailor in American Samoa port

The vessel, Coral Islander, arrived Friday and the Department of Health team boarded to carry out coronavirus tests for the crew.

One of the 20 crew members yielded a positive result for coronavirus.

The Coral Islander sailed from Japan and called into New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga before it arrived in Pago Pago.

An epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa said the two health department personnel who carried out the tests and the administration pilot who guided the vessel into port were now in isolation.

American. Samoa’s request to Samoa for container ship reroute improbable

And the offer noted Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi will impact the import and export of crucial goods not to mention altering a lot of existing trade arrangements between the two countries.

“We export to American Samoa, through this shipping route, about 378 tons of fish per month as raw supply for the canneries, the territories biggest employers,” the Prime Minister said in a report in Savali Newspaper.

Covid-infected ship in American Samoa to remain offshore

The container ship, the Fesko Askold, has 17 crew on board.

It arrived in Pago Pago on Sunday afternoon and sailed out of the main harbour at nine yesterday morning.

It remains about eight kilometres from shore.

American Samoa's COVID-19 task force chairman Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said this would allow local authorities to complete their assessment of the situation and come up with a plan to offload and pick up containers.

He said steps had been taken to decontaminate the dock in case of any contamination while the vessel was dockside.

Samoan officials on alert after three sailors test positive

It is one of the few countries in the world yet to have a confirmed case of Covid.

It comes after health officials in nearby American Samoa reported three people on board the Fesco Askold container ship had tested positive for the virus.

There are 17 crew members on the ship, local media report. In accordance with local regulations, all on board required a test before they would be allowed onto the island.

None of the crew have been allowed off the ship since and there are now moves to send it out to open waters.