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American Samoa suspends all entry permits and entry permit waivers from Samoa and Tonga due to measles in Samoa

American Samoa suspends all entry permits and entry permit waivers from Samoa and Tonga due to measles in Samoa

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 10/12/2019
Measles screening at Pago Pago International Airport [image: Radio NZ]

American Samoa has suspended all entry permits and entry permit waivers for those travelling through Samoa and Tonga to American Samoa because of the measles outbreak in Samoa.

The governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has updated the public health emergency which also provides a 30-day amnesty for overstayers in the territory to correct their immigration status, if they get an MMR shot.

Radio NZ reports the initial emergency declaration was issued on 13 November and was valid for 30-days.

The new one comes after nine measles case was confirmed in American Samoa.

According to the declaration, only entry permits and entry permit waivers for medical emergency situations will be approved but must be reviewed by the Governor's Office for final approval.

It also states that all foreigners "present in the territory as of today that are without lawful status and considered an 'overstayer', could qualify amnesty if they can confirm receiving vaccinations."

[Radio NZ]

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