Samoa business people hope for 14-day permit soon
Three business people from Samoa who arrived on board the MV Lady Naomi this week are hopeful that American Samoa weill reinstate soon the 14-day entry permit into the territory after this issue was discussed during this month’s Inter Samoa talks held in the territory.
The three individuals, who didn’t want to be identified by name for fear of facing problems in the future, told Samoa News that they heard about the 14-day permit issue being taken up during the inter Samoa talks led by Gov. Togiola Tulafono and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
However, they were hoping that it would be implemented right away, but were surprised to learn in Apia it has yet to be put in place. One of the three said that he travels to the territory every week to purchase goods here for his business in Apia.
The local Attorney General’s Office is putting together the procedures for the 14-day permit.
The 14-day permit was first implemented several years ago to make it easy for Samoan citizens to enter the territory but because of the abuse of the permit—people not returning to Apia— this permit was terminated.
Records of the inter Samoa meeting states that American Samoa agreed to look into issuing 14-day permits on arrival at the point of entry, instead of pre-departure application. Togiola says these will be issued for those traveling from Samoa and the 14-day permits will not affect the usual 30-day visitor’s permit.