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Samoa Travel Information

The Basics


Local time is GMT +13 (GMT +14 between late September and early April when DST is in effect)


Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Power-points are designed for plugs with three flat pins as commonly used in Australia and New Zealand.


Samoan and English are the official languages. English is widely spoken in cities and tourist areas, but is far less common outside of major centres.

Travel Health

Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations are also recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid. The most significant health risk in Samoa is over-exposure to the sun so precautions should be taken to protect the skin.

Medical care in Samoa is limited but generally adequate for routine health problems. Comprehensive travel health insurance is recommended but visitors should note that most doctors will expect payment in cash upfront regardless of insurance coverage.

Local Customs

Christianity plays an important role in the life of many Samoans with Sunday church services and Sabbath observances. Samoan men traditionally undergo tattooing as a rite of passage and the resultant patterns and images can be seen on many faces and upper bodies around the islands. Homosexual acts are illegal in Samoa.

Duty Free

Foreign currency can be imported and exported without restriction but travellers should note that it is illegal to export Samoan currency. Passengers over the age of 21 are entitled to import duty-free 200 cigarettes or 250g of other tobacco products; 2.25 litres of alcohol; and other goods up to the value of WST 500.

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