Samoa Cabinet Announce: All Pre-Departure Travel Restrictions Lifted

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22 Sept 2022, Apia Samoa. The Samoa Cabinet has announced a lifting of all pre-departure travel restrictions for entering Samoa.

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The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Hon Tuala Tevaga Ponifasio on Thursday morning following Wednesday’s weekly meeting of Cabinet.

Samoa is now at 94% fully vaccinated for adults 18 years and over, with many going in for booster shots every three months.

Children aged 12-17 and 5 – 11 are also at 92% and 93% respectively, fully vaccinated.

There will no longer be a need to get a medically supervised RAT test, nor will there be a requirement to show a vaccination certificate.

Testing of passengers at Faleolo International Airport will now also cease.

There is, however, one catch as announced by the DPM.

All arriving passengers will need to complete a declaration form indicating their vaccination and covid status.

“Heavy penalties will apply and be imposed upon those who make false declarations,” announced Tuala.

“This means all travel restrictions for Samoa have been removed,” said the Hon DPM. “All travellers will be able to enter with little inconvenience.”

Samoa’s Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation with Covid and any other health threats that may enter the country, said Tuala.

“We continue to journey with God and put our trust in Him..”