Travel to American Samoa COVID risk “high” — Samoa “unknown”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While COVID-19 risk in American Samoa is “high”, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the virus risk in independent Samoa is “unknown,” according to the Aug. 6th CDC global travel recommendation bulletin.
As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC says it’s monitoring COVID-19 risk in each country and making travel recommendations. The CDC places the two Samoas on Warning - Level 3.
American Samoa and Samoa — according to their respective health officials — have stated that the two-Samoas have no confirmed cases, and air travel remains closed between the two countries except under certain circumstances, such as repatriation of American Samoa residents form Apia last month.
According to CDC, “COVID-19 risk in American Samoa is high” and it recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to American Samoa. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to American Samoa, the federal agency says. "If you get sick in American Samoa and need medical care, resources may be limited"
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