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American Samoa

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'''American Samoa''' [] is a group of islands in the South [[Oceania|Pacific Ocean]] that lie about halfway between [[Hawaii]] and [[New Zealand]] and about 100 km east of the island country of [[Samoa]], which is part of the same archipelago.
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the [[United States of America]]. The citizens of American Samoa are US "nationals" and not US "citizens," but they are allowed to travel freely between the American Samoa and the US Mainlandmainland. They are not required to obtain green cards or visas to stay or work in the United States, and they are allowed to serve in the US armed forces (and often do). There are some ways that American Samoa's special status as an unincorporated territory have has interesting legal consequences. The US Constitution is not necessarily the supreme law of the land in American Samoa, and Samoan cultural norms, in particular, those related to the ownership of property and public displays of religion , actually trump certain well-settled US constitutional rights in American Samoa.
The main city is Pago Pago and the smaller Fagatogo is constitutionally designated seat of government. The governor's office is located in the village of Utulei, located on the opposite side of Fagatogo from Pago Pago.
American Samoa lies outside federal immigration and customs jurisdiction. All visitors (including US citizens) to American Samoa require a passport valid for six months or more, a return ticket or onward ticket and enough funds to support your stay.
====Passports Not Requiring Visas====
Entry is allowed for 30 days for tourism with a valid passport and proof of onward travel or local employment. US citizens and US nationals do not require a visa and may enter and leave freely. Canadiancitizens of countries under the federal Visa Waiver Program plus Palau, Australianthe Marshall Islands, New Zealand and United Kingdom citizens may enter American Samoa and will be issued with F.S. Micronesia are allowed visa-free entry. To obtain a 30 day entry permitbusiness or residence visa or to extend your stay to 60 days, you must visit the Attorney General's office after arrival.
====Passports Requiring Visas====
Bring necessary medications with you, for supplies may not be available. Medical care is limited and there is none available on the Manu’a Islands. The LBJ Tropical Medical Center is on Tutuila island in the village of Faga'alu. It was once a highly regarded regional health center; however, it has fallen on hard times. It has staffing problems and only provides marginal (though inexpensive) service. A serious illness or injury will generally be evacuated to a hospital in Hawaii, Fiji, or New Zealand. When traveling in the region, carry some basic medications such as aspirin or paracetamol (acetaminophen/Tylenol), cold capsules, band-aids, sun screen, vitamins, anti-diarrhea pills, and a good insect repellant.
In many areas of Tutuila, the tap water is not safe for drinking or washing dishes due to ''E. coli'' contamination. Check with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency for details or drink bottled water.
==Stay safe==
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