COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  08/5/22 Quick links: Samoa Ministry of Health COVID-19 latest updates. Government of Samoa COVID-19 latest updates. COVID-19 Information: UPDATE 06/13/22: ***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States is …

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Reports of Increasing Earthquake Activity, Vailu’ulu’u Seamount

The Government of Samoa activated the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) in response to reports of increasing earthquake activities in the vicinity of the Vailu’ulu’u Seamount in American Samoa. The Samoan Meteorology Office will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates to the NEOC and the public.  At this stage it is unclear if …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida.  Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Lockdown in Samoa

The Government of Samoa announced on April 4 that all of Samoa will move to COVID Alert Level 2 effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 5.  Under Level 2, businesses and government offices will be permitted to open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Churches are allowed to reopen with a limit of 30 people, and funerals …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: updated guidelines for travelers entering Samoa

On February 7, Samoa’s Ministry of Health released updated guidelines for travelers entering Samoa.  According to the new guidance, all passengers traveling from or transiting through the United States are not permitted to enter Samoa.  The same restriction applies to passengers traveling from or transiting through South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Samoa lockdown extended due to COVID-19

UPDATE: 01/28/22: The Government of Samoa announced that the country will move to COVID-19 Level 2 effective at 18:00 local time on Friday, January 28.   Under Level 2, government offices and businesses will be allowed to reopen.  All persons must wear a mask while in public and carry proof of vaccination.  Gatherings of more than …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Fee to Increase on December 27, 2021

Passport Fee to Increase on December 27, 2021   Effective December 27, 2021, the passport security surcharge fee will increase by USD 20.  For minor passport applicants who use Form DS-11, the new fee is USD 135 or SAT 350.  For adults renewing their passports using Form DS-82, the new fee is USD 130 or SAT 340.  For adults …

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CDC COVID-19 Test update. United States Travel Requirements

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Apia Samoa 06 December, 2021. On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the …

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Embassy closed – Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24

U.S. citizens residing in Samoa are advised that U.S. Embassy Apia will be closed on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24 in accordance with a national lockdown announced by the Government of Samoa.  The national lockdown will be implemented to allow the Government of Samoa to conduct a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign.  U.S. Embassy …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Citizens Advised to Avoid Area Around Parliament Through Friday, September 17, 2021

Message for U.S. Citizens: Citizens Advised to Avoid Area Around Parliament Through Friday, September 17, 2021. Samoa’s Parliament is scheduled to convene throughout this week and there may be associated marches or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens in Samoa are advised to avoid the area around Parliament House through September 17. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Citizens Advised to Avoid Area Around Parliament on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Samoa’s Parliament is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, September 14 and there may be associated marches or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens in Samoa are advised to avoid the area around Parliament House on September 14. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens in Samoa should avoid areas where …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Air New Zealand Connecting Flights to the U.S.

The United States Embassy in Apia would like to advise U.S. citizens currently residing in Samoa of changes to Air New Zealand’s flight schedule that will impact the ability of U.S. citizens to return to the United States. Effective November 1, Air New Zealand’s Auckland to Los Angeles flight will depart Auckland at 8:15 p.m. …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs 

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)   Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must …

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Weather Alert – Tropical Cyclone Season

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Apia (October 30, 2020) Location: Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Event: Tropical Cyclone Season in the South Pacific begins November 1, 2020 and ends on April 30, 2021.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in tropical cyclone-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now. Actions …

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Proclamation from The White House on the Coronavirus

From Whitehouse.gov Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China …

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Message for U.S. Citizens/Nationals Regarding Samoa Travel Advisory and Restrictions in Relation to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

U.S. Embassy Apia, Samoa Message for U.S. Citizens/Nationals Regarding Samoa Travel Advisory and Restrictions in Relation to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus January 31, 2020 The Independent State of Samoa (Samoa) instituted a travel advisory and restrictions for all travelers entering Samoa.  Please see this link for exact guidance and the most up to date information, …

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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season 2017-2018 – Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.  While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018. …

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Cyclone Amos – Reminder…all Americans to register with STEP

Cyclone Amos – Reminder..all Americans to register with STEP. We are closely monitoring Cyclone Amos and encourage all Americans to ensure that their information is up to date in STEP: https://step.state.gov . Please monitor the Disaster Management Office – Samoa and the Samoa Meteorological Service Facebook pages for situational updates.

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