Travellers to American Samoa will no longer have to put up with filling two entry forms.
The American Samoa Government has announced the implementation of the new single Entry Form to eliminate the response burden and replication of information by completing two or more forms by travellers upon arrival into the Territory.
A memorandum issued by the Governor’s Office indicated the new forms were available as of October 1, 2017.
“Accordingly, a new arrival form has been developed to combine all statutory requirements pertaining to Immigration, Customs, Quarantine, Health and Tourism.
“By law, all travellers crossing the borders into American Samoa must identify himself or herself by recording information such as name, age, sex, marital status, occupations, nationality, country of origin, country of citizen, race, place of permanent residency, intended future permanent residence and if a United States citizen or national, the facts of which claims of the status are based.”
The memo further notes that under American Samoa Code Annotated, all goods brought into American Samoa is to be declared on the Customs portion of the form as well as the Agriculture and Quarantine reports.
“All travellers must comply with health alerts and warnings.”
The memo also notes that a companion form for departures has been developed to improve data collection on resident travellers’ reasons for moving abroad, tourism travel and other pertinent information to improve local visitor industry developments.
“The Governor urged all government agencies, travel agencies, airlines shipping agencies, fishing vessels and cruise ship agencies etc., to take the necessary steps to adhere to this announcement unveiling the new entry and departure forms designed to ease the burden on travellers and to ensure the collection of information necessary is provided for services planning of the American Samoa Government.”