Inbound travelers required to take COVID-19 tests

A new requirement that HA passengers must meet before they are allowed to board flights to American Samoa is they must be tested for COVID-19 and the result must be negative.

If the test it positive they will not be allowed to board the flight.

This is one of the requirements under the second amended declaration of continued public health emergency and state of emergency for COVID-19 which Governor Lolo Moliga issued today.

It adds to Code Blue, which the territory is in now, that inbound travelers must obtain a health clearance from a physician with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The requirement goes into effect March 27th.

The chairman of the ASG Coronavirus Task Force Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said all returning residents and anyone traveling to American Samoa is required to be tested before he or she can board the Hawaiian Airlines flight.

“Health certificates must show the result of the test conducted.  Positive test results will not be allowed to board Hawaiian Airlines.  The traveler bears the cost connected with securing the test,” said Iulogologo.

There’s also some changes under business hours.  The amended declaration says all businesses will only be allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm.   “Only those businesses that impact food security are exempted from operating hours restriction,” has been added.

Also all drive thru and take away restaurants may remain open until 10:00 pm daily for drive thru and food pick up after the closure of dine in facilities at 6pm.  The limit of no more than 10 person occupancy for restaurants, bars and nightclubs remains.

Under public transportation services, the amended declaration states that all are to cease operations at 6pm except for buses under contract with StarKist to provide transportation for employees of the canaries

During hours of operation buses and taxis must institute social distancing practice.  Each bus and taxi may only operate at half the seating capacity.

A paragraph in the “whereas” section of the declaration states: “The people of American Samoa have been exposed to greater risk of being infected because of our sense of patriotism demonstrated by our governor when he, without hesitation, approved the request from the US Coast Guard to allow the Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship carrying 749 Americans to enter Pago Pago port to obtain fuel to make the voyage to Hawaii.

“And then yet again accepting even greater risk of exposure when the governor allowed Americans stranded in the Independent State of Samoa to enter American Samoa so they can transit to the state on Hawaiian Airlines creating panic given the lack of facilities to quarantine these American to minimize the potential of spread of the COVID-19.”


15 Comments

  1. Patience or patients

    E faigata le alofa, toe faigata le maliu ma le oti.
    When times are hard, decisions get harder to make, too. Good call, Honorable Governor.
    How would we feel if the cruise ship ended being stranded out at sea because we did not want to help them? Not could not, but did not want to help?
    As for the stranded in Apia that were allowed to return to US soil, onosa’i a tatou.
    The main thing is that you are home and not stuck out in Apia.
    Your families can bring things by for you and you can talk on your device with them.
    Onosa’i a. I did it, so can you.

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  2. Guest reader

    BARS AND NIGHTCUBS ARRRRRR NOTTTTT ESSENTIAL SERVICES…WHAT IS IT U PPL DON’T GET!!!!! SHEESH…DUMBA OH WHAT?!?

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  3. Another Day in Paradise!

    Hmmmm, the no commonsense administration at it again! Bars?? And Parks, Golf Course and Tennis Courts closed (Keeping people active and healthy)? Yet you allow Starkists and it’s 2500 plus employees continue to work and yes employees live all over Tutuila. So you’re exposed at the cannery, then you the employee who lives in Fagatogo, Poloa, Aua, Vaitogi and etc… pass it on! Is Hawaii going to reciprocate and mandate we take a Covid 19 test prior to boarding – wait for it, do we even have test YET! Yes we test here then take it with us to Hawaii where they can process it, sad you test positive we are flying back to AS!

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  4. Ova le valea

    What a bunch of doodoo. You are blaming it on everything else BUT not your overriding the 14-days quarantine in Hawaii so Lolo and yourself can fly in?

    Samoa is more prepared with a brand new hospital build with US fundings and AC Tents ready near the airport. What do you have?

    How will the people coming have access to testing in Hawaii, when Hi is short of tests? And even the tests is not accurate, meaning if you tested negative there’s still a high chance that it’s false negative. Didn’t your beef head in Hi tell you the dead case they thought was due to SARS Cov2 was a false-positive reading?

    We just can’t believe the ignorance. You might as well add a part in there that "every family is required to dig 5 graves ready for dead family members".

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  5. Jelly Beans

    OUR BORDERS NEED TO BE CLOSED TILL FURTHER NOTICE…PROTECT THE CITIZENS LĪ G! THE ESCALATING EXPLOSION OF COVID-19 CASES IS DAUNTING!!!!

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  6. concerned uso

    I APPLAUD THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADMINISTRATION FOR IMPLEMENTING "STRICT MEASURES" ON TRAVELERS INTO OUR ISLAND! WE LOVE OUR RELATIVES AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE TRAVELING INTO OUR TERRITORY, BUT WE "STILL NEED TO DO EVERYTHING HERE TO PREVENT THE VIRUS FROM INFECTING OUR US!" I KNOW IT IS "HARD TO DO" BUT IT IS BETTER TO "PREVENT IT, THAN TRYING TO CURE IT". WE WILL GET PASS THIS PANDEMIC. WE JUST HAVE TO BE "PATIENT AND CALM" AND WAIT IT OUT…BUT FOR NOW, WE NEED TO FOLLOW MEDICAL EXPERTS ADVICES OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS INDIVIDUALS TO PREVENT CATCHING THE VIRUS….WASH YOUR HANDS, WEAR A MASK IF YOU HAVE IT, AVOID GATHERINGS…KEEP YOUR DISTANCE OF 6 FT FROM EACH OTHER. …STAY SAFE AND GOD BLESS AMERICAN SAMOA!

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    1. It is … What it is!

      He hasn’t implemented strict measures for Star Kist cannery and their workers…whatup with that? All it takes is “1” infected person lī G, and u’re allowing for 2,500 workers to proceed as if nothing’s going on but expect the rest of the citizens to OBEY UR EDICT????? What kind of thinking is that, U never cease to disappoint us, even in these distressful times!

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  7. BetterSafeThanSorry

    Right now Everyone is safe. To keep them safe we need to CLOSE OUR BORDERS. We cannot accept any more flights from Hawaii and Samoa. We do not have the infrastructure to aid our people if the virus hits our island. Please leaders, close our borders to keep people from entering our island. Only allow cargo planes and ships for our supplies. All entries are potential carriers of the virus. Keep CV-19 OUT. Do it now before it is too late.

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  8. inoinopipilo

    Se mea a leaga o le nofonofo atu ma faalogo i fautuaga a tagata ua maua o latou faiai i le coronavirus. Sole, suga, sei fai fuafua ea. O le tatala pea o tatou tuaoi, o le faigofie foi lea ona ofi mai i totonu o le faama’i. E fiu i mafai ona toe tatala le avanoa pe a toafimalie le faama’i. Ae o le tele o tala ma faaiuga le talafeagai, o le tele foi lea o le avanoa mo le faama’i e ofi mai ai.

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  9. Madness

    Lolo, your stupidity will cost to wipe out this island in minutes. The 8 years and nothing done with the LBJ Hospital, NOTHING. YOU only look out for you and you family. You have people moving from ASCCto Fatuaiga at the Catholic Facility. WOW!! NOT a smart move, the moved that destroyed this island. This is on you Lolo. Your Administration are a bunch of idiots just like you, have NO knowledge of anything.
    AmSamoans pray pray pray.

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  10. Please Stay Vigilant

    The Americans that were stranded in the Independent State of Samoa should have not been sent over to American Samoa. The Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship was an exception for refuel and no passengers were to board off due to the novel COVID-19.

    The Prime Minister of Samoa should have had the Americans sent to the states before they had the shutdown which they just did last night. I don’t know how long those poor travellers have been in Samoa, but the Prime Minister should’ve had them quarantined there and sent them to their home country before the shutdown.

    It’s totally understandable that our national leaders are doing all they can to help alleviate this crisis but needs to be done in the most effective manner possible. It’s not easy when faced with a world pandemic, and this is probably the first of its kind in history and a leader would do all they can to serve and protect their people at all costs.

    Praying our Father in Heaven for healing in the midst of this pandemic crisis and that hopefully a cure or vaccine will come about very soon to get rid of this virus that the whole world is facing as one. Take care and God bless. ????

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    1. Please Stay Vigilant & God Bless

      I put a praying hand emoji at the end of Take care and God bless, and question marks showed up. Not sure how that happen but where there’s a crisis in life with the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s an opportunity to turn to God our Father in trust, surrendering everything to Him whom we find rest and peace.

      To rest in God means we are secure, despite the uncertainty of life. It means we are free to love God and others as His children, despite the challenges we face. It means we raise our hearts and souls with faith and hope that God will bring about good no matter life’s circumstances, rather than giving into fear. In God we Trust.

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  11. DISGUSTED RESIDENT

    YES, HAWAIIAN AIRLINES SHOULD OF FLEW INTO FALEOLO AND PICK ED THEM UP THERE, NOT BRING THEM HERE. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT ORIGINAL PLAN G, Y DID THE PM SUDDENLY IMPLEMENT HIS BORDER SHUTDOWN KNOWING THAT HE HAD ALL THOSE U.S. CITIZENS IN SAMOA??? U CAN ACCEPT FROM AMERICA FUNDS THAT BUILT UR BRAND NEW HOSPITAL BUT COULD NOT ACCOMMODATE THE FINAL LEG OF THOSE U.S. CITIZENS RETURN HOME……U R JUST WORLD USERS…BS BROTHERLY LUV, ITS EVERY COUNTRY FOR THEMSELVES AH!?! THE SHIPS U SEND OVER TO ASSIST CARGO TRANSPORT TO MANU’A,…OUR TAXPAYERS PAY UR COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT FOR THAT BROTHERLY LUV SERVICE! BETTER STRATEGY G, LETS NOT MAKE ANY FURTHER MISTAKES. NO MORE INBOUND PASSENGERS, IF LOCALS LEAVE UNLESS CRITICAL HEALT ISSUE CASES, LET THEM STAY OUT THERE TILL THE CORONA WIND BLOWS OVER, SORRY BUT WE GOT TO STOP THE UNNECESSARY BACK AND FORTH TRAVEL, SIMPLE AS THAT!
    AMERICA NOW HAS 92,079 CASES OF THE CORONA, MORE THEN CHINA AND ITALY…1,353 DEATHS! NOBODY CAN GO IN TO SEE THEIR LUV’D ONES ONCE THEIR HOSPITALIZED, ITS VERY HEARTBREAKING FOR THOSE PPL AND SAD……NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA AND MICHIGAN R THE STATES WITH THE MOST COVID-19 CASES WITH NEW HOT SPOTS EMERGING RAPIDLY. STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE AMERICAN SAMOA……GOD BLESS!

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