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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for American Samoa

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for American Samoa

American Samoa is a territory of the United States of America, but US Visa Policy doesn’t apply to American Samoa, as they have their own requirements and policy for visa and travel. It means you cannot travel to American Samoa with your US visa or ESTA, you have to obtain an authorization/visa/permit issued by American Samoa for entering there.

 There are two main types of visas/permits to travel to American Samoa:

  • Entry Permit Waiver Program (for only eligible nationalities)
  • Entry Permit (for all nationalities)

American Samoa citizens are US nationals, and as it is the US territory, they can travel between these two countries freely.

American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program

American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program

American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program allows some eligible nationals to enter American Samoa without obtaining a visa or entry permit prior to travel. This electronic authorization is called OK Board. If you are holding a passport issued by the following countries, then you are eligible for Waiver Program:

 

Andorra

Czech Republic

Hungary

Lithuania

New Zealand

Slovenia

Australia

Denmark

Iceland

Luxembourg

Norway

Spain

Austria

Estonia

Italy

Malta

Palau

South Korea

Belgium

Finland

Israel

Marshall Islands

Portugal

Sweden

Brunei

France

Japan

Micronesia

San Marino

Switzerland

Canada

Germany

Latvia

Monaco

Singapore

Taiwan

Chile

Greece

Liechtenstein

Netherlands

Slovakia

United Kingdom

 

You must apply for authorization from OK Board and receive it at least 48 hours prior to your travel. If you are traveling to American Samoa without OK Board authorization, your entry can be denied by border control.

 

Required Documents for American Samoa OK Board 

 

1. Copy of Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure date from American Samoa.

2. Travel Itinerary

  • Ticket reservations (return ticket must be included)
  • Hotel/apartment/house reservation or invitation letter (if any)

*You will attach the above files to your online application.

 

Processing Time for American Samoa OK Board

The average processing time for an American Samoa OK Board is 48 hours.

 
American Samoa OK Board Fee

American Samoa OK Board fee is 50 USD per applicant.

 
Where to Apply for American Samoa OK Board?

You can apply for American Samoa OK Board permit from this website.  

American Samoa Entry Permit

American Samoa Entry Permit

There are the following types of American Samoa Entry Permits:

  • 7 Day Permit – Applicable to only travelers from the Independent State of Samoa and only as a group application. A minimum of 10 applicants are required for applying for this permit
  • 14 Day Permit – Applicable to only travelers from the Independent State of Samoa. You can apply for this permit individually.
  • 30 Day Permit Applicable to all foreign nationals
  • Multiple-entry Permits – Applicable to only business travelers with contacts and ties to local businesses

30 Day Permit is applicable to all foreign nationals and its validity period is 30 days. You must have a local sponsor in American Samoa for applying for this permit (as mentioned on the official Immigration website). Your sponsor must appear in person at the Immigration Office to submit required documents and handling visa issues.

 
Required Documents for American Samoa Entry Permit

 

1. Copy of Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure date from American Samoa.

2. Travel Itinerary

  • Ticket reservations (return ticket must be included)
  • Hotel/apartment/house reservation or invitation letter (if any)

3. Clearance from District Court of American Samoa

4. Clearance from LBJ Medical Center Business Office

 

For 30 Day Permit:

 

5. Clearance from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security

6. Police Clearance from Applicant’s Home Country

7. Medical Clearance from Applicant’s Home Country

*Additional documents can be required by the Immigration Office.

 

Processing Time for American Samoa Entry Permit

The average processing time for an American Samoa Entry Permit is 15-30 days.

 

American Samoa Entry Permit Fee

American Samoa Entry Permit fees are:

  • For 7 Day Permit 200 USD (in total, 10 to 20 individuals)
  • For 14 Day Permit 10 USD
  • For 30 Day Permit 40 USD
  • For Multiple-entry Permits 50 USD
 
Where to Apply for American Samoa Entry Permit?

Your sponsor must apply for a visa on behalf of you at the Immigration Office in American Samoa.

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FAQ

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Will my fees be refunded if my entry permit is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your permit application is not successful.

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Does my sponsor have to participate at the Immigration Office in person for applying for an American Samoa visa/permit?

Yes, your sponsor must appear in person at the Immigration Office to submit required documents and handling visa issues.

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Can I apply for an American Samoa visa without a sponsor?

No, you cannot apply for Entry Permit without a sponsor. However, if you are eligible national for Entry Permit Waiver Program, you can apply for authorization online yourself.

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Can the Immigration Office request me to provide additional documents or information?

The embassy may request you to provide additional documents or information, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted all the required documents mentioned on the official website of the Immigration Office.

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Do US citizens have to obtain a visa for traveling to American Samoa?

American Samoa citizens are US nationals, and as it is the US territory, they can travel between these two countries freely.

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