Samoa- (American Samoa)

Samoa (American Samoa) Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in American Samoa –
American Samoa drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of any country to drive here for up to 30 days, providing it’s written in Roman alphabet. Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. Speed limits range from 40kmh in built up areas to 60kmh in rural areas. The maximum speed limit is 35mph outside built up areas and 25mph in towns/villages, though lower limits may be in force near schools.

American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. 99% of the 55,000 population live on the island of Tutuila, with other tiny population centres on Aunu’u, Ta’ū and Swains Island. Tutuila is a small, narrow island, measuring roughly 33 km across and little more than 3 mi  from north to south at its widest point.

American Samoa has a good system of reasonably well maintained, non dual carriageway paved roads. Main highways are prefixed ‘AS’ –

AS001 – Follows the south shore of the island, from Poloa through Pago Pago to Onenoa. It intersects the other two highways on the island, AS005 in Pago Pago and AS006 in Aua.

AS005 is an east–west route running from Pago Pago to Fagasa. It is about five miles long. In Pago Pago, it ends at AS001. In Fagasa, it ends at Fagasa’s Main Street.

AS006 – is a North-South road from Aua, east of Pago Pago, to Vatia.

There are around 350km of roads in American Samoa and 60% are unpaved. Main roads are generally in good condition, but minor roads may deteriorate after bad weather such as heavy rain, especially during the cyclone season of November to March. Driving style is fairly laidback and speeds are slow. Most drivers abide by traffic rules, so driving abroad in American Samoa shouldn’t be a stressful experience.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

American Samoa Car Rental –
Avis have a branch at Pago Pago airport.

We currently have no local car rental partners in American Samoa. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Samoa Self Drive Rules (US Samoa)
Mimimum rental age is 25, Cars can’t be taken off the Island

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