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Samoa Travel Information

The Basics

Time

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

Electricity

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.

Language

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

The most significant health risk in Samoa is over-exposure to the sun, so hats, layers and sunscreen are advised. Medical care in Samoa is limited but generally adequate for routine health problems. Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended but visitors should note that most doctors will expect payment in cash upfront regardless of insurance coverage.

Local Customs

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. Clocking in at around 98 percent of the population, nearly all Samoans are Christians. Religion is integral to many, with much of life dictated around Sunday church services and observing the Sabbath. Homosexual acts are illegal in Samoa.

Duty Free

Passengers over the age of 21 are entitled to import 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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