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American Samoa Travel Information

The Basics

Electricity

The voltage used in American Samoa is 120V, 60hz. Plugs are type I with an earthing pin and two flat pins forming an inverted V-shape.

Language

English, Samoan

Travel Health

It is advised that travellers get routine vaccines before travelling. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and a yearly flu shot. Visitors should consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and Typhoid. Mosquitoes are present in American Samoa, and visitors are advised to arm themselves with malaria prophylaxis and repellent.

It is best that travellers eat food that is cooked and served hot and avoid food from street vendors. Tap water should be avoided, so it is best to drink water that is either bottled or has been disinfected.

Medical services are somewhat limited with one hospital, the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, so it is best travellers take prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs with them in case of illness. Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.

Tipping

Tipping is not practised or expected in American Samoa. However, if a guest wishes to tip an employee, they are welcome to do so.

Safety Information

Most visits to American Samoa are trouble-free. For optimum safety travellers should ensure that they are alert when on foot and choose a safe vehicle when using transport; riding only in cars that have seatbelts and avoiding overcrowded, top-heavy buses and minivans.

Local Customs

American Samoans are known to be friendly and generally welcoming, but travellers should be sensitive to local cultural mores.

Many American Samoans have adopted Western-style dress, but it is respectable in its fashion and despite this, the traditional wraparound lava-lava is still worn by many of the older generation. In keeping with Samoan custom regarding modesty, visitors should not wear swim wear or other skimpy clothing away from the hotels. Women must confine their bikini tops to the beach.

Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in American Samoa since 1980 but visitors should be aware that same-sex couples are not eligible for the rights and benefits available to different-sex married couples.

Business

Business in American Samoa is professional and largely based around the economy's strongest industries, agriculture and fishing.

Lightweight suits for business visits are acceptable and ties need only be worn for formal meetings and occasions. Professional and authoritative positions are held mostly by men, but women occupy important roles in some government agencies and businesses too. Business hours generally operate between 8am and 5pm and are not open over the weekend. Some businesses and banks are open on Saturday mornings, and there may be some small markets open.

Communications

The international country dialling code is +1. The country area code for phones in American Samoa is 684. There is good mobile phone coverage in main regions, with operators using GSM networks; rural areas may have limited coverage. There are international roaming agreements with most international operators.

Duty Free

Travellers to American Samoa may bring with them up to 200 cigarettes/50 cigars/one pound (450g) tobacco; two bottles of alcohol, and an amount of perfume reasonable for personal use.

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