22 Jul 2014

Samoas haggle over entry fees

1:46 pm on 22 July 2014

The two Samoas are in talks aimed at waiving the immigration fees each country charges the citizens of the other when they visit.

The American Samoa Attorney General told the Samoa Observer that American Samoa would only waive its fee once Samoa confirmed it was reciprocating.

Talauega Eleasalo Ale told the Observer the territory charges Samoans a fee for a 14-day permit, which is cheaper than the usual 30-day fee for other visitors.

He says it was put in place to facilitate travel between the Samoas for Samoan fa'alavalave, or family obligations.

He says Samoa charges a $10 entry fee to American Samoans who are United States nationals, and says no one else in the world is charged that fee.

During a press conference last month, the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said the fee for American Samoans was in response to the previously free 14-day permit for Samoans being raised to $10.