COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  01/21/21

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COVID-19 Information:

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Samoa has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Public services for both government and business sectors are widely available, all schools and universities are open. Gatherings in most places accessible to the public are permitted and the public are required to observe safety rules as advised by the Samoa Ministry of Health and/or the National Emergency Centre – NEOC.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Samoa? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • U.S. citizens wanting to obtain a COVID-19 test should contact the Samoa Ministry of Health

 Samoa Ministry of Health at +685 68100 or enquiries@health.gov.ws. The Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) can also conduct COVID-19 testing for outbound travelers, arrangements can be made through your GP.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Samoa approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  No

Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Incoming passengers are to expect managed quarantine isolation at locations approved by the government for at least 21 days. 
    • At such places the Samoan government will carry the cost of accommodation, breakfast and lunch for Samoan citizens only, dinner will be at the passenger’s expense.
    • Refer to the Samoa Ministry of Health website for home quarantine criteria. 
    • Special Travel Advice for Travelers Entering Samoa 01-11-21

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Inbound flights with passengers (generally repatriation) are charter flights preapproved by the Samoan Government.
  • Air New Zealand runs a weekly service between Auckland and Apia every Friday.  Passengers can depart Samoa on these weekly flights.  Transit passengers to the United States should visit the New Zealand Immigration website for more information on transiting New Zealand while its borders are closed. 
  1. i) https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions/critical-purpose-reasons-you-can-travel-to-new-zealand
  2. ii) https://www.immigration.govt.nz/formshelp/request-for-travel-to-new-zealand

iii) https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

    • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Buses and taxi services continue normal operations. There are no bus services on Sundays.
  • Ferry services operating as normal between Upolu and Savaii from Monday to Saturday. Only one ferry service on Sunday at 5pm from Savaii to Upolu only. 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Fines are in place for individuals, businesses and organizations who do not comply with the government’s State of Emergency Orders (SOE). For more information SOE updates visit the Government of Samoa COVID-19 website.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. citizens may schedule appointments for the following services, contact us at ApiaConsular@state.gov for more information. 
  • passport applications
  • consular reports of birth abroad
  • notarial services and 
  • renunciations 
  • Currently routine visa services are on hold until further notice. For emergency appointment requests contact our visa section at ApiaConsular@state.gov for more details. For immigrant visa enquiries please contact the email above or the Immigrant Visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Auckland AucklandIV@state.gov

Local Resources:

Assistance:

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (Jan 15th, 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 provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.  

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ’s.  

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.  

U.S. citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or may not be able to satisfy the requirements, should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.   

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.