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 American Samoa - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +9

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 120v

Frequency: 60Hz

Opening Hours

Regular business hours with most businesses open during lunch time.

Money

United States dollar (US$)

Many towns have ATMs as well as banks.

Communications

See Pacific List of Radio Nets

International dialing code for American Samoa is 1 +684.

The prepaid SIM card for American Samoa is a trouble-free option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid American Samoa cell phone while you’re in American Samoa at a better rate than you’d pay to rent a cell phone in the country..

Some internet cafes exist.

It is part of the US Domestic postal service and is the cheapest and quickest way to receive items. "Priority Mail" takes about 2 weeks but "Priority Mail Express" only takes 2 or 3 days. Mail can be shipped to "General Delivery" at the main Post Office for pickup.

See comments at bottom of page with tips from cruisers.

Diplomatic Missions

For Foreign Embassies in American Samoa see link
Foreign Embassies in American Samoa

The governor of American Samoa is a consular official of the US federal governement and can issue temporary passports to US citizens or nationals in case of loss, provided they have some other proof of their identity. Applications should be made at the Immigration office.

Events

The biggest celebration is Flag Day on April 17th.

10th Festival of Pacific Arts - July 20 to August 2, 2008.

White Sunday, second Sunday in October, children attend church dressed in white and are honored specially at family feasts.

Emergencies

Dial 911

Publications

Imray and Adlard Coles Pilot books are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (3rd Edition October 2016)
ISBN: 9781472935342
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands (Latitude 20 Books)
By Earl Hinz
Pubisher University of Hawai'i Press. 5th Revised edition (1 May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373.
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

Tonga Samoa Handbook
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing. Illustrated edition (6 Oct 1999)
ISBN-13: 978-1566911740
David Stanley presents legends about demigods and directions to undersea caves and canyons in Tonga, as well as the history of tattooing rituals and budget breakfast bowls of cocoa and rice in Western Samoa.'

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray (2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0852884829
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America.

Office of Tourism

The Cooks Samoas Compendium (Including Niue) 
http://svsoggypaws.com/files/
A Compilation of Guidebook References and Cruising Reports put together by SV Soggy Paws with updates from cruisers who have used it. Lots of good information if planning on cruising these islands and many other notes for other Pacific cruising areas on the site too.

Update History

October 2017: Publications & links updated.
February 2016: All formalities updated.
June 2015: Publications checked.
March 2014: Formalities checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Impi
Impi says:
Nov 15, 2014 11:04 AM

Just as an 'add on' to the above comment ... we had an issue where we had to leave without receiving delivery of a plotter being sent to us by PRIORITY mail. The long and short of it was that it SHOULD have been sent PRIORITY EXPRESS MAIL whereas our package was sent PRIORITY Mail. Sometimes one will get 'lucky' with priority mail if the ship being loaded in Richmond CA is full. If it is not full, the tracking number will show a delivery date within 2 weeks, but the package will not necessarily arrive in 2 weeks .. it will wait until the ship is fully loaded. PRIORITY EXPRESS goes by air. Well , this is how they explained it to us anyway ... so take care and make 100% sure before your mail is shipped. They refused 1 day later to withdraw the package from their system and we ended up buying a 2nd plotter which arrived in 7 days ... by air ... and marked ... PRIORITY EXPRESS MAIL ... cheers for now .. SV IMPI

dmoore
dmoore says:
Oct 05, 2014 07:45 AM

Contrary to the above about crime in Pago Pago, it is almost non-existent. The crimes that happen are locals only. There was an incident a few years back against a "yachtie", but is was quickly resolved (the attackers were high and drunk) they received 29 years in jail.
About getting marine supplies, use priority mail and most things arrive with 2 weeks. Defender and West Marine (for example) will ship directly to you. Use the address as follows:
(your name or yacht name)
C/O General Delivery
Pago Pago, AS 96799







The Post Office will hold mail for about a month if you miss your arrival date. Other items (heavier or larger) items can be shipped in, but allow about 2 to 3 months.
We have spent 4 years (by our choice) here and find the people to be very nice and helpful.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 14, 2014 11:06 AM

Thanks Bart for reporting your experience with immigration in American Samoa. The rules on our website are from the official AS immigration website. As we know, yacht crews are often treated differently to other visitors, but this is hardly ever stated on official sources.

bartbart
bartbart says:
Jul 10, 2014 12:08 AM

Contrary to what is written on the official Samoan website, it is not required to obtain a visa in advance for most European passports if you arrive by yacht. Just rock up, and you will be granted a 30 day permit.

However, you will need a visa if you arrive by plane.

I got in by yacht on a Belgian passport with no trouble at all.

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