COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/16/20

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American Citizen Services and Visa Services:

Appointments for routine passport, citizenship and notarial services continue to be limited and are conducted by appointment only. For specific information please email our Consular Section at ApiaConsular@state.gov 

The U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended processing of routine visa services. These services remain suspended until further notice.

Country-Specific Information:

Samoa has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Public services by both government and the business sectors are available.  Supermarkets, produce and fish markets, schools and universities are open.  Weekly church services are permitted, social distancing of two meters must be observed.  Wedding and funeral services are allowed, given attendance is restricted to 50 couples and social distancing is maintained.  Public transport is also widely available.  The government continues to maintain restrictions for public operating hours and large gatherings.  

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but in very limited cases
  • State of Emergency Order issued September 11, 2020 
  • All international travel to Samoa is suspended except as provided in exceptional circumstances approved by Cabinet.
  • With the travel restrictions in place, passengers may enter on limited inbound flights which are primarily intended for Samoan citizens who have been stranded in New Zealand and Australia. 
  • Air New Zealand is running weekly outbound service from Apia to Auckland every Friday.  Passengers can depart Samoa on these weekly flights.  
  • Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways have yet to resume flights to and from Apia.  
  • U.S. citizens who hold Samoan permanent residency or work permits should contact the Samoa Immigration Office for details on requesting entry into the country.
  • U.S. citizens seeking to enter Samoa by yacht, sailboat, or other small watercraft should contact Samoa Ports Authority or Samoa Immigration before planning travel for additional information.   
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • All are required to have a COVID-19 test done within three days prior to arrival.
  • All are also required to undergo a medical examination by a Registered Medical Practitioner within three days prior to arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Temperature and symptom checks will be conducted on arrival at the airport before all passengers are transported to the quarantine locations.
  • Residents and/or tourists seeking extension of status must contact the Samoa Immigration Office   

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
  • Entry into Samoa for U.S. citizens is currently very limited.
  • Any passenger, pilot and crew members travelling into Samoa by plane must be quarantined on arrival for 14 days at a Government-supervised facility (typically a hotel).

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Details on the availability of tests may be obtained by calling the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 call center at 800 6440 from within Samoa or through the Ministry of Health website.  

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • One international flight (an Air New Zealand flight to Auckland) is available weekly. 
  • Travelers transiting Auckland to the United States are limited to a 24-hour transit in Auckland. They must remain airside during transit.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks are not required on public transport.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Fines are in place for individuals or organizations who do not comply with the country’s State of Emergency orders.  

Consular Operations:

  • Routine American Citizen Services are available by appointment.  You may contact our American Citizen Services by email at Apiaconsular@state.gov 
  • Routine visa services are currently suspended until further notice.  For more information contact our visa Section at Apiaconsular@state.gov  

Local Resources:

Samoa Ministry of Health COVID-19 Call Center – 800-6440 

On Entering the United States:

For any questions related to your ability to enter the United States, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security at dhs.gov.