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There is a report that a controversial Russian photographer has been denied American Samoa visa, because " the American Samoa Immigration Office has a travel ban in effect that now includes travelers holding a Russia passport".

I was not able to find any information regarding such ban on official American Samoa immigration site, no anywhere online.

Can somebody independently confirm the existence or absence of such a ban? Or is it just another propaganda episode.

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    I think the guy is either a liar or his travel agent is an idiot. – JonathanReez Mar 11 '17 at 13:08
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    @JonathanReez, I tend to agree, but given recent US immigration bans everything is possible. Just checking. Note a grammar error in his quote from the reply from some "migration office". – mzu Mar 11 '17 at 13:14
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    A simple email to the Samoa immigration office should clear things up. – JonathanReez Mar 11 '17 at 13:17
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    email address for Attorney General's Office - okboard.asag@gmail.com – JonathanReez Mar 11 '17 at 13:28
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    The story, at least as seen through Google Translate, makes no sense, since American Samoa operates its own immigration system. I doubt the current US President has even heard of the place. Whatever happened, if something happened, is unclear, but that article has clear inconsistencies. – Zach Lipton Mar 11 '17 at 20:31
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American Samoa, Motu O Fiafiaga, has an independent government and, as such, its own visa policy. For example, a US visa or ESTA cannot be used to enter nor can a visa be obtained through any US embassy or consulate, but only through direct application to Attorney General's Office in American Samoa.

There is no evidence that the Government of American Samoa has made any such pronouncement regarding Russian nationals. It suggests that the individual has made an unsubstantiated and spurious claim. The American Samoa goverment has the right to deny visa applications, as it sees fit.

Under the auspices of the Department of Legal Affairs (Attorney General's Office) the Immigration Office enforces the lawful entrance into the Territory of American Samoa. They are tasked with protecting the borders and regulating travel to and from the Territory. American Samoa is the only United States Territory that has retained oversight of its own borders. Immigration officers are stationed at all ports to ensure all travelers entering American Samoa have proper travel documents. The main office is located on the first floor of the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei.

Department of Legal Affairs
Executive Office Building - 3rd floor
Phone: (684) 633-4163 or 633-4164
Fax: (684) 633-1838

Immigration Office
Utulei Phone: (684) 633-4203 or 633-4204
Tafuna Phone: (684) 699-9129
email address for Attorney General's Office - okboard.asag@gmail.com

  • "Automonous" would be a better word to describe the government of American Samoa. – David Richerby Mar 11 '17 at 20:17
  • @DavidRicherby could be... but then the Samoans think of it as independent :-) so I was being sensitive and respectful of that. – Giorgio Mar 11 '17 at 20:31
  • Note that American Samoa and Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) are different. "Samoan government" would probably refer to the latter. – user102008 Mar 12 '17 at 2:34
  • @user102008 thx; I edited accordingly to avoid any confusion. – Giorgio Mar 12 '17 at 3:08

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