(a) All persons departing from American Samoa may be required to obtain clearances from the Treasurer of American Samoa and the Chief of Police prior to being allowed to board any aircraft or vessel.
(b) The Treasurer may grant a clearance only after payment of any indebtedness to the Government of that person, his spouse or children, and the Chief of Police may grant a clearance only after he is satisfied that the person is not charged with a crime or awaiting sentencing for conviction of a crime.
(c) If a person attempts to depart from American Samoa without the clearance required by this section, he may be taken into custody by an immigration officer or a police officer.
(d) As used in this section, “departing” does not mean leaving American Samoa temporarily to attend a wedding, funeral or convention, or to take a vacation. The burden of establishing that one of the above is the reason for leaving shall rest on the person leaving.History: 1984, PL 18-52 § 2.