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American Samoa

American Samoa: At a glance

Capital: Pago Pago

Population: 55,465

Official languages: Samoan, English

Time zone: Samoa Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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American Samoa: Travel Health Information

The islands that make up American Samoa are known for their tropical climate, diverse natural landscapes, culture, and eco-tourism. Travellers can lounge on one of the many pacific-oceanside beaches, hike through mountain ranges, and witness numerous species of birds and fish in the National Park of American Samoa.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in American Samoa may differ from your home country. American Samoa has decentralized public healthcare system and private facilities. Medical care throughout the country is limited and does not meet international standards. There are five healthcare centres and one hospital in the territory. A shortage of physicians and other healthcare personnel may lead to limited care and long wait times for healthcare services.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in American Samoa typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for emergency medical care. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in American Samoa.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies and pharmacists in American Samoa may be limited due to a lack of resources and medical personnel. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor.

If you are travelling with medication, check with American Samoa’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Main roads and roads in urban areas of American Samoa are generally well maintained.However, outside of urban areas roads may be unpaved, which can pose a risk to travellers when driving. Drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt at all times.



American Samoa: At a glance

Capital: Pago Pago

Population: 55,465

Official languages: Samoan, English

Time zone: Samoa Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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