Updated Special Travel Advice for Travelers Entering Samoa – Feb 2022

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February 6, 2022 Public Notice.

Special Travel Advice for Travelers Entering Samoa

“Expect Changes at Short Notice”

1. 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 for clarification pertaining to Health
Requirements as per travel advice.

2. All those who wish to travel to Samoa please contact the Chief Executive Officer of the
Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or The Chairman of the Disaster Advisory
Committee or any of Samoa’s Mission Office overseas to register for a flight.

3. All travelers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis before being granted permission to
travel to Samoa.

4. The current emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in South Africa with imminent
spreading to other countries; Samoa’s borders is now closed to the following countries,
identified as high risks.

5. These has been categorized as NO TRAVEL. Entry is denied to All passengers from or
transit through South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, Seychelles, , and Zimbabwe, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Australia,
Fiji, United States of America. They are NOT permitted to enter Samoa.

6. Airline carriers are encourage to conduct pre-departure screening of passengers for signs
and symptoms include temperature check and general condition.

7. All Travelers age 12 years and above including flight crew are NOW required to be fully
vaccinated with the prescribed 2 doses, with the exception of Janssen vaccine before entry into Samoa with any COVID-19 vaccine and preferably vaccines already pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen-single dose, Moderna, Sinopharm).

8. A legitimate vaccine certificate is required for boarding. Being fully vaccinated implies
completion of the required prescribed doses as per vaccine used. All should have completed 2 weeks (14 days) post vaccination prior to travel. The vaccine certificate must be a Health
Authority Approved Certificate/Card of country where vaccination took place and should
contain at least the following information:
a. Name of Country
b. Name of person – should be the same as name on passport or birth certificate
c. National Identification/Registration Number if available

d. Address of Clinic and contact details
e. Name of Vaccine and Batch Number
f. Dates of Vaccination
g. Name of Vaccinator (optional)
h. Health Institution Stamp if available

9. A hard copy of vaccine certificate must be presented at check in and on arrival into Samoa for sighting and also during registration at quarantine/isolation facilities. Electronic documents on phones or other electronic device including email is NOT acceptable.

10. A Negative Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) – (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP or SDA)
is still required to be taken within 48 hours of departure from originating airport for all
passengers and flight crew. The test result must have the testing laboratory or Clinic letter head and stamp. Any results received by email or presented as InBox is NOT accepted. The lab result must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.

11. Medical Clearance signed, stamped and fully completed by a GP within 120 hours of
departure from originating airport is still required for all passengers and flight crew. The
medical clearance must be presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa.

12. Failure to provide a legitimate vaccination certificate and required documents will result in NO BOARDING.

13. Passengers who have not been fully vaccinated or who fail to complete the 14 days after the second dose will be denied boarding.

14. Children 11 years and under and others who satisfy the exemption criteria for
Vaccination as per country of origin specific COVID-19 vaccination policy are required to
comply with requirements below:

i. All others with medical conditions that deem them exempt for Vaccination must email
the aforementioned email addresses with a written report from a registered medical
officer stating reasons for exemption;
ii. The Ministry reserves the right to deny boarding if the Ministry is not satisfied with the
medical report provided;
iii. Refusal to vaccinate due to personal belief or his/her individual rights is NOT a
valid reason for exemption;
iv. Requirements a and b below are mandatory and without exemption for travelling
infants and children;

a) A Negative Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) – (RT-PCR, NEAR,
TMA, LAMP or SDA) is required to be taken within 48 hours of departure
from originating airport. The test result must have the testing laboratory or
Clinic letter head and stamp. Any results received by email or presented as InBox
is NOT accepted. The lab result must be presented in hard copy on arrival into
Samoa.

b) Medical Clearance signed, stamped and fully completed by a GP within 120
hours of departure from originating airport. The medical clearance must be
presented in hard copy on arrival into Samoa. Form can be downloaded from
Ministry of Health Samoa website; all sections must be filled in.

15. All passengers entering Samoa will go into quarantine for at least 14 days or as
determined by the Ministry of Health (up to 21 days or more if tested positive in
quarantine). Any Passenger or Crew with a Positive COVID-19 rtPCR test is NOT allowed to enter Samoa, unless they have satisfied the following:

a. 6 months have passed from date of the first NEGATIVE test result following the date
of the positive test;
b. Must provide genome sequencing test of the virus if available;
c. Must provide proof of 3 consecutive negative tests results on Day10, Day5 and Day2
before intended date of departure and must comply with all other requirements stated
above.
d. All COVID 19 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

NOTE: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH – ANY OTHER LANGUAGE WILL BE DENIED BOARDING WITHOUT EXCEPTION. TRAVELLERS AND CREW ENTERING SAMOA MUST COMPLY WITH ALL REQUIREMENTS NOTED.

Your compliance with the conditions listed is imperative
in ensuring the safety of all travelers and our people in Samoa. We endeavor to keep Samoa COVID-19 Free.

For travel preparations visit the Ministry of Health website at www.health.gov.ws to
download the Government of Samoa, Ministry of Health Medical Clearance Health form
and for information regarding rules of quarantine.

Travellers are also required to download the Samoa Travel Tracer app onto their phones
before travel. You can download the app from the Samoa Tourism Authority website or
directly from the Google play for android and Apple for IPhones or use the following links:
Google Play – https://bit.ly/3zYPxL5
App Store – https://apple.co/3k01wlO

The Ministry of Health appreciates your full cooperation and patience on arrival as you
may experience long delays.

Some Basic Requirement and Information

 All passengers eligible for COVID-19 vaccination must complete require vaccination doses.

 All are required to wear a face mask at all times during the flight, upon arrival and while
in quarantine.

 You will go directly into managed isolation upon arrival into Samoa at a designated
location.

 You must change any foreign currency to Samoan Tala before traveling to Samoa as
no banks will be open at the airport on arrival.

 All passengers will go into quarantine for at least 14 up to 21 days and can change any
time, and you will be informed of any changes.

 You must bring your own personal necessities e.g. soap, tooth brush, tooth paste etc. to last for 14 days or more.

 Passengers are advised to check in only one piece luggage (required weight 23kg)

 You are not allowed to bring in any additional packages/parcels for delivery upon arrival
into Samoa to family members etc.

 You are required to ensure you have sufficient medications to last you three months and
note your medical condition on the Health declaration card.

 You are responsible for the cost of any medications prescribed while in quarantine.

 You are not allowed to bring alcohol or consume any alcohol while in quarantine.

 Passengers requiring special diets will be responsible for their own dietary needs and
must inform the quarantine site staff of your dietary needs. You are responsible for costs
associated with your dietary needs.

 The cost of accommodation, breakfast and lunch during quarantine will be paid by
Government. Dinner will be the passenger’s responsibility.
Travelers with Special Requirements:

 If you have any medical conditions or above 60 years of age travelling alone and require
regular medical assistance while in quarantine, you are advised to defer your travel until
boarders are fully opened.

 All travelers requiring wheelchair assistance and those with special needs must be
accompanied by an adult relative in flight and during the mandatory quarantine period.
Infants and Children less than 18 years of age:

 All infants and children should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the
duration of the quarantine period.

 A written consent is required from parent or legal guardian for any child going into
quarantine alone.

 Parents are advised that all children’s immunizations are up to date especially measles
vaccines due to the recent outbreak.

 Parents/legal guardian travelling with infants/child must ensure sufficient supplies of basic needs e.g. milk, wipes, diapers, formula etc. for the duration of quarantine.
There are penalties if the conditions of quarantine are breached. This applies to all people in quarantine leaving or individuals and families going to quarantine sites.

The Ministry of Health is not responsible or liable for any costs or lost items on arrival or while in quarantine.