COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  06/13/22

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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COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

Country-Specific Information:

  • For the latest COVID-19 numbers within its borders, visit Samoa Ministry of Health website.
  • 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 and Pfizer.
  • 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? Foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Samoa effective August 1, 2022. 
  • Please note that international flights to and from Samoa remain limited.
  • 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 SamoaSamoa 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? No

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Regular commercial flights will recommence on August 1, 2022.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

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:

Consular services are only being offered via appointment.  Visa services remain unavailable until further notice.  Please contact our consular section at ApiaConsular@state.gov for further information.  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, please contact the number listed below.

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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