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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes (from 1 July)
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Ends 1 July 2021)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- International travel to and from Samoa by plane is suspended except where approved by Cabinet.
- All ships are prohibited access except in particular circumstances.
- All passengers are advised to communicate straight to the Samoa Health Authorities 21 days before planned travel time by emailing enquiries@health.gov.ws or samoahealth.travelenquiries@gmail.com pertaining to travel advice.
• Exemptions:
- Repatriation of Samoan citizens to Samoa from American Samoa and vice versa may be possible via Samoa Airways.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- All travellers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis before being granted permission to travel to Samoa.
• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals (including mention of any ‘fast track’ channels)
- All travellers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis before being granted permission to travel to Samoa.

• Inbound travel restrictions at Sea Port (Wharf)
- All new joining crew including any traveller are now required to be fully vaccinated before joining any vessel designated for Samoa with any COVID-19 vaccine.
- Vaccines already pre-qualified by the World Health Organization are preferred (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm).
- A negative rtPCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of departure from originating seaport is still required. The lab result must be transmitted via email or by presenting a hard copy on arrival into Samoa.
- All crew members who have been on the vessel for 30 days or more who have or have not been vaccinated are required to have a PCR test done at last port of call before onward voyage to Samoa.
- Shipping companies and agents are advised to redirect voyages to last port of call where PCR tests can be done or countries categorised as COVID-19 free (countries with no community transmission) before direct voyaging to Samoa.
- Any new crew members with a history of a positive COVID 19 rtPCR test are not allowed to enter Samoa unless six months have passed from date of the first positive test result. They must provide genome sequencing test of the virus if available. They must also provide proof of three consecutive negative test results at least 28 days apart before intended date of departure and must comply with all requirements stated above. All PCR test results, genomic sequencing test and serology tests must be submitted via email to Director General of Health on email ceo@health.gov.ws and Dr Robert Thomsen email robertt@health.gov.ws
- A vessel crew who has been tested positive at last port of call will not be accepted.
- All vessels are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- All vessels and fishing vessels entering Samoa that do not comply with the above, will be quarantined for a period not less than 21 days unless determined by the Ministry of Health.
More information can be found here: https://www.health.gov.ws/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Health-Requirements-for-Entry-at-Sea-Ports_-19-June-2021.pdf

(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test?
- All inbound travellers

• Type of test and timeframe
- The test must be a RT-PCR and a printed test result is mandatory. The test must be taken within 72 hours before departure for Samoa.
- Medical clearance must be signed and done within 120 hours of departure from originating airport. The medical clearance must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.
- Blood serology for COVID-19 antibody test must be taken within five days before departure from originating airport. It must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.

• What information is required in the test result?
- The lab results must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.
• Exemptions
- Inbound travellers from New Zealand or travellers who have stayed in New Zealand for 30 days or more may be exempt from the blood serology for COVID-19 antibody test.

(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- All travellers into Samoa will have to serve quarantine as determined by the Ministry of Health depending on flight details and country of origin.
• Where can this be done?
- The quarantine will be done at a government designated border quarantine facility.
- Home-quarantine is available for diplomats, travellers originating from New Zealand and other Pacific Islands with zero community basis with prior approval from the Ministry of Health.
- Applications for home-quarantine will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- More information on home-quarantine can be found here: https://www.health.gov.ws/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Revised-Home-Quarantine-requirements-Feb-2021.pdf

• Exemptions
- Personnel approved by the Cabinet such as forensic pathologist and morgue technician who abide by the rules found here may be exempt from quarantine: https://www.samoagovt.ws/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SOE-ORDER-43_ENGLISH.pdf

(Until further notice)
Vaccine requirements

• Who needs to be vaccinated?
- From 1 July, all inbound travellers including crew are required to be fully vaccinated before entry into Samoa.
• Type of vaccines recognised/accepted and timeframe since first/second dose
- Any vaccine pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson).
- A legitimate vaccine certificate is required for boarding. Fully vaccinated implies completion of the required prescribed doses as per vaccine used.
- A hard copy must be presented on arrival into Samoa.
- All travellers should have completed two weeks post vaccination prior to travel.
• Exemptions
- Children under 18 years are exempted from the requirements above.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
- Medical clearance signed and done within 120 hours of departure from originating airport is still required. The medical clearance must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.
- Medical clearance form can be found here: https://www.health.gov.ws/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Government-of-Samoa-Medical-Clearance-Form-COVID19-2020-revised-24-February-2021.pdf
- All returning citizens are required to sign a declaration to verify that they have not contacted COVID-19 before being allowed into the country.
- Travellers from COVID-19-free Pacific countries are required to provide proof they have remained in their COVID-19 free country for at least 28 days before travelling to Samoa.
(Until further notice)
Other
• Other useful information such as are airports open/closed, specific mask requirements in airports etc.
- All travellers are required to wear a face mask at all times during the flight, upon arrival and while in quarantine.
- Travellers wiII go directly into managed isolation upon arrival into Samoa at a designated location.
- Travellers must change any foreign currency to Samoan Tala before traveling to Samoa as no banks will be open at the airport on arrival.
- Minimum period of quarantine is 14 days and can change any time, and will be informed of any changes.
- Travellers must bring their own personal necessities e.g. soap, tooth brush, toothpaste etc. to last for 14 days or more.
- Travellers are advised to check in only one piece luggage (maximum weight 23kg)
- Travellers are not allowed to bring in any additional packages/parcels for delivery upon arrival into Samoa to family members etc.
- Travellers are required to ensure they have sufficient medications to last three months and note medical condition on the Health declaration card.
- Travellers are responsible for the cost of any medications prescribed while in quarantine.
- Travellers are not allowed to bring alcohol or consume any alcohol on quarantine site.
- Travellers requiring special diets will be responsible for their own dietary needs and must inform the quarantine site staff of dietary needs.
- Travellers are responsible for costs associated with dietary needs.
- The cost of accommodation, breakfast and lunch during quarantine will be paid by the government.
- Dinner will be the passenger's responsibility.
- All travellers requiring wheelchair assistance and those with special needs must be accompanied by an adult relative in flight and during the mandatory quarantine period.

(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- All international travel to and from Samoa by plane are suspended except where approved by Cabinet.
• Exemptions
- Repatriation of Samoan citizens to Samoa from American Samoa and vice versa may be possible via Samoa Airways.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Essential only
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
State of emergency
• A state of emergency is in place.
(Ends 30 August 2021)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type?
- Markets are permitted to open from Monday to Saturday, from 06.00 to 20.00.
- No one is allowed to sleep overnight at any marketplace.
- All markets are closed on Sundays.
- Supermarkets are allowed to open from 06.00 to 22.00 from Monday to Saturday.
- Supermarkets are only allowed to open from 15.00 to 22.00 on Sundays.
- Businesses mentioned here can open on Sundays with restrictions: https://www.samoagovt.ws/2021/06/state-of-emergency-orders-and-penalties-remain-in-effect-for-samoa/
- Medical facilities will only allow the patient and one carer, and the patient can be visited by only two people at any one time. More information here: https://www.samoagovt.ws/2021/06/access-to-health-facilities-still-restricted-under-the-covid-19-state-of-emergency/
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
- Businesses must meet the following protocols: https://www.samoagovt.ws/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SOE-ORDER-43_ENGLISH.pdf
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Buses may continue normal operations except on Sundays, when no bus services are allowed to operate.
- Operators of public transport that carry less than five people are permitted to continue operations.
- Ferries between Upolu and Savaii may operate the normal schedule from Monday to Saturday.
- No ferry services on Sunday.
- Domestic flights between Upolu and Savaii may operate on Sundays for emergency services only.
• Exemptions
- Ferries may operate on Sundays from 15.00 for transporting fuel and cargo only between Upolu and Savaii.
- Ferries may operate on Sundays at 17.00 for transporting passengers only from Savaii to Upolu and the ferry to dock at Mulifanua wharf for the night.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
• Is mask wearing mandatory?
- Mask-wearing is mandatory in public.
• Schools
- Schools have reopened.
• Gatherings
- Ceremonies and church events can now have up to 50 participants.
- No local or overseas visitors allowed.
- Social distancing measures (six-feet distance) to be followed.
• Entertainment venues
- Restaurants and entertainment venues have resumed operations at limited capacity and following social distancing rules.
- Restaurants are permitted to operate on Sundays between 12.00 and 22.00 for takeaway services only.
• Other
- A ban on most gatherings and public activities remains in place on Sundays.

(Until further notice)
Penalties

Information on penalties for breaching the State of Emergency Orders can be found here: https://www.samoagovt.ws/2021/06/state-of-emergency-orders-and-penalties-remain-in-effect-for-samoa/
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Samoa

COVID-19 information for Samoa

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Samoa experiences low rates of crime and is a relatively safe destination for travellers. The country has no army and a small police force. Village chiefs tend to enforce village law in most parts of the country outside the capital. The concept of individual ownership is not widely recognised, which makes petty theft a common problem. Violent crime rates are low.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Samoa
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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