Ferry services to American Samoa suspended
The MV Lady Naomi ferry service to American Samoa has been suspended until further notice to boost efforts by the American territory's government to address the potential spread of coronavirus.
The suspension was announced in a public statement issued by the Samoa Shipping Corporation on its Facebook page on Wednesday.
“We wish to advise the travelling public between Apia and Pago Pago that MV Lady Naomi’s trip to Pagogo scheduled for Thursday 06 February 2020 is now cancelled,” read the public notice.
It also added that the cancellation was due to new travel conditions imposed by American Samoa’s Department of Health to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“The conditions come with the suspension of all Ok board, entry permits, and transit permits for foreign nationals travelling to American Samoa until further notice.
“The 14 day travel waivers are also suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to these changes.”
The notice advised those in American Samoa to contact their Office, Polynesian Shipping Services at Fagatogo or phone 633-1211.
Health clearance from the Ministry of Health will be required for Samoan and United States passport holders seeking to enter American Samoa.
The requirement is part of a new travel advisory issued by the American Samoa Department of Health’s Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua.
A public notice stated that effective immediately, U.S. and Samoan passport holders entering American Samoa from the Samoa route must have a health exam clearance by the Ministry of Health 14 days before entry.
“All OK board, entry permits, and transit permits for foreign nationals are suspended. All entry permits will adhere to a 30-day permit.”