COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  01/22/22

COVID-19 Information:

UPDATE 1/22/22 For U.S. Citizens:

The Government of Samoa has announced a full lockdown for all of Samoa effective at 18:00 on January 22.   The move is in response to 15 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.  All positive cases are currently in isolation.  During the lockdown, all residents are advised to remain at home and only essential services will be operating.  The lockdown will last until 18:00 on January 24.  For detailed information about the Samoan government’s response to COVID-19, visit the Samoa Ministry of Health websites.  Follow the Samoa Government and Samoa’s Ministry of Health on Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy in Apia operates under safety measures as outlined by the Government of Samoa.  All consular appointments will be cancelled while Samoa remains lockdown.  All applicants with a scheduled appointment in the next week should contact our consular section at ApiaConsular@state.gov.   Information about services and how to schedule an appointment can be found at https://ws.usembassy.gov/.  If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency that requires a consular service, you can contact ApiaConsular@state.gov or call +685 777-1776.

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***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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 one calendar day? No
  • U.S. citizens wanting to obtain a COVID-19 test should contact the Samoa Ministry of Health at +685 68100 or enquiries@health.gov.ws.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Samoa approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Samoa for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Samoa? Oxford-AstraZeneca for most adults; Pfizer for children ages 12 to 17 and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • For information about vaccination in Samoa, contact the Samoa Ministry of Health  and see the Ministry’s recent vaccination update.
  • Visit the FDA’s to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Visit the Samoa Ministry of Health page for more information and contact details.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No 
  • Please note that most international flights to and from Samoa have been suspended.
  • All travelers require advance permission from the Government of Samoa prior to travel. To request permission, contact the nearest Samoan Consulate/Embassy or the Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travelers who receive permission to enter Samoa must satisfy extensive health requirements.  Visit the Samoa Ministry of Health page for more information.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists: Government of Samoa; Samoa Ministry of Health

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • Visit the Samoa Ministry of Health page for more information.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • Incoming passengers are to expect managed quarantine isolation at a Government approved facility for a period determined by the Ministry of Health depending on the vaccine type and country of origin.
    • Refer to the Samoa Ministry of Health website for home quarantine criteria.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
    • Irregularly scheduled inbound charter flights with passengers are occasionally approved by the Samoan Government.
    • Air New Zealand runs a weekly service between Auckland and Apia; flight times and schedules can change at short notice.
    • Passengers wishing to return to the United States must liaise directly with Air New Zealand for bookings and confirmation.
    • Transit passengers to and from the United States should also visit the following websites for more information on traveling to or transiting through New Zealand while its borders are closed.
  • 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) and COVID restrictions. For more information on SOE updates visit the Government of Samoa website.

Consular Operations:

  • UPDATE 01/22/22: The Government of Samoa has announced a full lockdown for all of Samoa effective at 18:00 on January 22.   The move is in response to 15 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.  All positive cases are currently in isolation.  During the lockdown, all residents are advised to remain at home and only essential services will be operating.  The lockdown will last until 18:00 on January 24.  For detailed information about the Samoan government’s response to COVID-19, visit the Samoa Ministry of Health websites.  Follow the Samoa Government and Samoa’s Ministry of Health on Facebook.

    The U.S. Embassy in Apia operates under safety measures as outlined by the Government of Samoa.  All consular appointments will be cancelled while Samoa remains lockdown.  All applicants with a scheduled appointment in the next week should contact our consular section at ApiaConsular@state.gov.   Information about services and how to schedule an appointment can be found at https://ws.usembassy.gov/.  If you are a U.S. citizen with a life or death emergency that requires a consular service, you can contact ApiaConsular@state.gov or call +685 777-1776.

    Actions to Take
    Visit the Department of State Covid-19 crisis page for the latest information.

    Visit Samoan Government and/or Samoa Ministry of Health for the most up-to-date information in Samoa.  If you have a COVID-19 related question, call Samoa’s COVID-19 helpline at 8006440.

    Consult the CDC website for accurate, up-to-date information.

    For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19, please read the CDC’s latest recommendations.

    Consult your airline, cruise line, or other travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

    Visit the United States Embassy in Samoa website for updated information.

    Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

    Visit the U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Answers Portal.

    Assistance

    U.S. Embassy Apia:

    Beach Rd

    Apia, Samoa

    +(685) 21631 press 0 for the operator or extension 2222

    ApiaConsular@state.gov

    State Department – Consular Affairs:

    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

    Samoa Country Information.

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