Samoa Extends SOE – Flights Announced and Fines Clarified


13 March 2021, Apia Samoa. Samoa continues the month-by-month extension to its State of Emergency status in efforts to protect its borders and remain community Covid-19 free against the global pandemic.

Although 80% of infected cases do recover, the pandemic has claimed over 2.6 million lives and there are 21,097,518 infected persons as of this morning, while Samoa has had no community cases to date.

A statement from the Press Secretariat in Samoan and translated below by SGN, confirms the decision by Cabinet to extend Samoa’s SOE effective 15th of March to Sunday 11th April 2021. An extension to the Proclamation for State of Emergency with a few amendments below, is also extended for the same period. 

Amendments to State of Emergency Orders include clarification around penalties imposed upon individuals and companies for breaching SOE orders, a list of flights to and from Samoa over the next two months, and travel between Samoa and American Samoa as well as Samoa and Tokelau.

Fines for Breaching Border Restrictions 

An initial fine of $15,000 tala shall be imposed upon any airline, shipping company, or fishing vessel that breaches an SOE Order. If breaches continue, however, those companies are up for a fine of $20,000 tala per day, for each day they are non-compliant.

Faasalaga tautupe mo Kamupani vaalele, Kamupani vaa oloa ma vaa fagota latou te solia Poloaiga mo Faalavelave Tutupu Faafuasei i le $15,000.00 i le soligatulafono muamua, ae $20,000.00 i aso taitasi e fa’aauau ai le soligatulafono;

For individuals on board vessels or passengers of flights, a fine of $2,000 tala is applied if a breach of protocol is confirmed.

E $2,000.00 le faasalaga o sui taitoatasi o le auvaa pe a faamaonia ua solia aiaiga. 

Flights to and from Samoa between March – June 2021

12 March 2021 – chartered Talofa Airways flight to American Samoa.

Aso 12 Mati 2021; Malaga Togipau a le Talofa Airways mo Amerika Samoa.

02 April 2021 – An Australian military plane carrying army personnel will land in Samoa for refueling over a 2 hour period on route to USA. The 21 anticipated passengers of this flight do not have permission to disembark and shall remain on board.

Aso 2 Aperila 2021; Malaga a le vaalele o le fitafita a Ausetalia mo le puipuiga e afea Samoa mo le lua (2) itula e utu ai le vaalele a o le’i fa’aauau mo Amerika. E to’a 21 le auvaa ma e leai se isi e tuua le vaalele  i le taimi e utu ai.

03 April 2021 – Special flight to bring in overseas people to work in various Government Ministries, and to repatriate Australian citizens currently in Samoa.

Aso 3 Aperila 2021; Malaga faapitoa mo le auina atu o tagatanuu Ausetalia o loo i Samoa nei, faapea le malaga mai ai o tagata faigaluega mai fafo e galulue i Matagaluega a le Malo.

16 April 2021 – Repatriation flight from Auckland New Zealand.

Aso 16 Aperila 2021; Malaga mai Aukilani, Niu Sila.

26 April 2021 – Repatriation flight for Samoan citizens in the US and Europe who were supposed to have returned on the postponed December 2020 flight. This flight is to be operated  by Fiji Airways.

Aso 26 Aperila 2021; Malaga mo le auina mai o tagatanuu Samoa o loo i Amerika ma Europa, sa fuafua e o mai i le malaga togipau ia Tesema 2020. E faatino e le Fiji Airways.

30 April 2021 – Chartered flight from China to bring in 80 contract workers intended to work on 1) The Apia wharf extension project, 2) development of vegetable gardens and 3) Construction of Police Academy.

Aso 30 Aperila 2021; Malaga togipau mai Saina e aumai ai tagata Saina e to’a 80 e galulue faakonekarate i atinae o le uafu i Apia, atinae o togalaau‘aina faapea le  fausia o le faleaoga mo leoleo.

14 May 2021 – Repatriation flight from Auckland New Zealand.

Aso 14 Me 2021; Malaga mai Aukilani, Niu Sila.

4th and 25th June 2021 – Repatriation flights from Auckland New Zealand to bring home short term seasonal workers.

Aso 4 ma le Aso 25 Iuni 2021; Malaga mai Aukilani, Niu Sila e toe faafoi mai ai tagata galulue faavaitaimi.

American Samoa and Tokelau 

Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways are given the opportunity to apply for flights between the 2 Samoa’s, however, under set protocols including strict adherence to Samoa’s border health regulations and pre-departure testing, and permission from both Samoa’s NEOC and the Government of American Samoa. A list of passengers is required to be submitted to MFAT.

Similarly travels to and from Tokelau may continue unless Samoa MFAT or NEOC says otherwise.

All existing SOE orders remain for Samoa including the extended hours of business announced in January and the eased restrictions from December 2020.

Sina Retzlaff