Updated Travel Advisory for Samoa

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(L-R) National Emergency Operation Centre’s Chairman Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo with Director General of Health, leading the front line staff at the Faleolo International Airport to process 274 passengers arriving on the 13th November 2020.

2 JULY 2021 UPDATED TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR SAMOA 

From the Office of the Government Press Secretariat.

 This week, the Government through the Ministry of Health has issued an updated Health Travel Advisory for the traveling public.  

According to the Travel Advisory, all passengers are advised to contact the Ministry of Health 21 days before the planned travel time and they will also be assessed on a case-by-case basis before being granted permission to travel to Samoa. 

As it stands, all international travel to and from Samoa by plane has been suspended except as provided in exceptional circumstances approved by Cabinet, since the beginning of the State of Emergency (SOE) in March 2020.

The Ministry of Health advises the traveling public that all documents required, must be in English and passengers presenting documents in any other language will be denied boarding without exception.  

Health further reiterates that with Samoa’s limited and delayed supply of COVID-19 vaccines, travelers including crew are now required to be ‘fully vaccinated’ before entry into Samoa with any COVID-19 vaccine, preferably vaccines already pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) i.e. AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna and Sinopharm).  

Emphasis has been placed by Health on the following, in the updated Travel Advisory regarding the Vaccine Certificate that travelers need to present before boarding:

    1. Name of Country
    2. Name of person should be same as name on passport
    3. Identification/Registration Number if available
    4. Address of Clinic and contact details
    5. Name of Vaccine and Batch Number
    6. Name of Vaccinator
    7. Health Institution Stamp if available

OR

    1. A Letter from the General Practitioner (GP) or Health Authority – a letter or print out from their GP or Health Authority Confirming having been vaccinated as per information on the country of Origin COVID-19 Immunization Register (CIR).

To view the latest full Health Travel Advisory for Samoa, visit the Novel Coronavirus webpage on the Government of Samoa website: https://www.samoagovt.ws/category/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ or the Ministry of Health website: https://www.health.gov.ws 

For SOE related information contact the National Emergency Operation Centre on 997/32759 and for Health related information contact the Ministry of Health on 8006440.