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American Samoa

American Samoa has a traditional Polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned. Economic activity is strongly linked to the US with which American Samoa conducts most of its commerce. Tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector, with canned tuna the primary export. Transfers from the US Government add substantially to American Samoa's economic well being. Attempts by the government to develop a larger and broader economy are restrained by Samoa's remote location, its limited transportation, and its devastating hurricanes. Tourism is a promising developing sector.

note: as a territory of the US, American Samoa does not treat the US as an external trade partner.

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Country Name: American Samoa
Continent: Oceania
Capital City: Pago Pago
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

LBJ Medical Center

Main Cities:

Pago Pago

Country Size: 199 sq km, NOTE: includes Rose Island and Swains Island
Population: 57,663



Samoan 90.6% (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English 2.9%, Tongan 2.4%, other Pacific islander 2.1%, other 2%
note: most people are bilingual

Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Predominant Religions:

Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%

National Holidays: Flag Day, 17 April (1900)
Economic Status:

American Samoa has a traditional Polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned. Economic activity is strongly linked to the US with which American Samoa conducts most of its commerce.


Defense is the responsibility of the US.

US Presence:

None, it is a territory of the US.

Document Requirements:

Non-citizen U.S. nationals who are resident in American Samoa must obtain visitor permits prior to all travel to Samoa.  They are no longer permitted to travel to Samoa on certificates of identity except on a case-by-case basis. (U.S. law distinguishes between individuals who are citizens and those who are non-citizen nationals.  The U.S. passport bio-page shows one's status as either a citizen or a non-citizen national.)  Visitor permits to travel to Samoa can be applied for at the new Samoa Consulate General office in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  The Samoa Consulate General address is P.O. Box 1313, Pago Pago, American Samoa, telephone (684) 633-5919, fax (684) 633-5929.  A valid passport and an onward/return ticket are required for all Americans (both citizens and non-citizen nationals) to travel to Samoa.  Visitor permits are not required for U.S. citizens (they are required for non-citizen U.S. nationals of American Samoa who reside in American Samoa only) seeking to stay in Samoa for up to 60 days.  All visitors are required to pay a departure tax of 40 Tala (approximately 17.50 USD) upon leaving the country.  Further information about entry requirements and the departure tax may be obtained from the Samoa Mission to the United Nations at 800-2nd Avenue, Suite 400J, New York, NY 10017, telephone (212) 599-6196, fax (212) 599-0797, or email Samoa@un.int.  Visit the Permanent Mission ofSamoa to the United Nations web siteFor the most current visa information, visit the Samoa Immigration web site.

Major Airports:

Pago Pago Airport, American Samoa
PO Box 1539
Pago Pago 96799

Tel: +1 684 699 9101/3
Fax: +1 684 699 4039

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Typhoons are common from December to March.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  8.88 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 76.25 years (male 72.69 /female 80.02)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters: DPT, MMR

Infectious Disease Concerns:

No risk of Malaria.
Dengue, filariasis, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley encephalitis are diseases carried by insects that also occur in the Pacific Island region. Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent these diseases.  Leptospirosis is common on some of the Pacific Islands.
Cases of melioidosis have been reported from Papua New Guinea, Guam, and Australia; risk may exist on other islands.
High attack rates of ciguatera poisoning from eating large reef-dwelling fish have been reported on some of the islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

The main health facility is the LBJ Medical Center (tel. 633-1222; 633-5555 for emergencies), a 140-bed hospital on the island of Tutuila which provides general medical and dental care, as well as emergency services. Serious medical problems will require air evacuation to Hawaii or New Zealand.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 0
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Periodic outbreaks of measles have occurred on islands with inadequate immunization coverage.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +684

Internet Code:  .as



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