(a) Any person or group traveling to American Samoa not as tourists but for the purpose of visiting family and friends or for cultural or religious exchanges must provide:

(1) approval of the matai or senior member of the family or, if a religious exchange, the head of the church in American Samoa; and

(2) approval of the pulenu’u and district governor or designated representative; and

(3) proof of valid travel documents and round trip tickets, and a valid passport that will not expire during the visit.

(b) Any person or group arriving in American Samoa without the approvals required in subsection (a) of this section may be refused entry by an immigration officer.

(c) Fees:

(1) One person, $5;

(2) 10 to 20 persons, $50;

(3) 21 to so persons, $100;

(4) 51 to 100 persons, $ 150;

(5) 101 persons and above, $200.

(d) Upon satisfactory showing of compliance with the requirements of subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section, the chief immigration officer may grant up to 30 days to visit American Samoa. The chief immigration officer may grant an extension of 7 more days but only one extension can be granted. The chief immigration officer shall report monthly the number of permits granted and receipt of fees.

History: Rule 3-86, eff 7 Dec 86.