Samoa travel information
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities
have implemented measures for visitors, among other
things. a. Entry restrictions. It is per. March 26, 2020
at 00:00 introduced entry and exit bans (with some
exceptions). For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
Most trips to Samoa are made without special
There is no Norwegian foreign service station on
Samoa. The risk of terrorist incidents in Samoa is
There is low crime in Samoa. The country has no
military force and only a small police force. Village
chiefs enforce laws and regulations. Violent crime is
very rare, but small thefts are increasing.
Homosexuality is illegal. It is recommended to take
Since 2009 there has been left-hand traffic on Samoa.
Evening and nighttime driving can be dangerous due to
the presence of animals along unlit roads.
Samoa is exposed to strong winds, storms, tropical
cyclones and floods during the rainy season, especially
from November to April. This can affect air traffic and
access to water and electricity.
Samoa is located in an area with high seismic
activity, but there is little danger of a severe
earthquake. Samoa was hit by a tsunami in 2009 that did
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in Samoa are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
- Countryaah: Apia is the capital
of Samoa. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 996, fire 994,
In case of crisis or emergency, you can contact the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour operating center on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to enter Samoa.
Upon arrival, a free 60 day visitor's visa will be
issued. For stays of more than 60 days, you must apply
for an extended visa at the Immigration Office in Apia.
This must be done before the visitor visa expires.
Upon arrival, you must have a valid passport, proof
of further travel and proof that you have the necessary
funds to pay for your stay. The passport must be valid
for at least six months after the departure date.
Only passports are accepted as identification
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid. It is recommended to check
in advance if it is allowed to visit islands and
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
spread of the virus, the authorities from March 26
introduced a ban on entry and exit for air traffic. This
also applies to ship traffic (with some exceptions).
Information on the measures can be read on the official
websites of the Ministry of Health and the Government of
Samoa 's Facebook page. It is the government of Samoa
who is responsible for updating the web pages.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the authorities
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Travelers to Samoa have to pay for health care and it
is common to require cash payment in advance of
From October 2019 Samoa has experienced a significant
outbreak of measles. Several health measures have been
initiated by national authorities with the assistance of
WHO and Unicef. Despite the measures implemented, the
state of emergency has been declared as there is such a
huge increase in health services in the country. More
information about the outbreak can be found on the
Public Health Institute's website.
The infection of the zika virus and the outbreak of
zika fever have been detected in Samoa. Travelers must
be careful with mosquito protection. The zika virus can
be transmitted by mosquitoes or by sexual transmission.
The symptoms are usually mild and many infected with the
zika virus do not get sick. Pregnants are advised to
postpone travel to outbreaks.
More information can be found on the Institute of
Public Health's website.
There is no danger of yellow fever in Samoa, but
proof of yellow fever vaccine is required if you come
from a country at risk of yellow fever. Norway is not
such a country. See this list for yellow fever
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine before
entering Samoa. See here for more information.
English and Samoa are the official languages of
The official currency is the number, also known as
the Samoan dollar. The largest credit cards are normally
accepted at hotels, restaurants and in stores. ATMs can
be found in Apia, Savai'l and Salelologa. Travelers
checks are accepted in banks and in larger hotels.
Samoa is 11 hours ahead of Norway.
The area code for calls from Norway to Samoa is +685.
The Internet domain is .ws. Internet cafes are available
in Apia and in larger hotels.
Banks are open from 09:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday
and 09:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays.
230 volts is standard for electrical outlets.
Tipping is not common.
You should always ask for permission before taking
pictures in a village.
The temperature in Samoa averages between 24 and 30
degrees. The rainy season is counted from November to
April. There is a dry season from May to October.
Public Holidays: January 1 - New Year's Day, Good
Friday, 2nd Easter Sunday, April 25 - Anzac Day (marked
the following Monday if the date falls on a Saturday or
Sunday), May 10 - Mother's Day (unofficial, but some
businesses hold closed half day), Pentecost Monday, June
1 - Liberation Day, August 12 - Father's Day, second
Monday in October - Lotu-a-Tamaiti, First Friday in
November - Arbor Day, December 25 and 26 - Christmas.