Visitor Information For Samoa

Visitors to Samoa don’t need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days but do require a return or onward ticket and have six months validity on their passport.

You don’t need vaccinations against exotic tropical diseases but you should take a small first aid kit containing hydrogen peroxide in case of coral cuts and take medical insurance. While there are doctors and hospitals, you shouldn’t travel anywhere without insurance. And you can take wood carvings and handicrafts like tapa home with you, as long as you present them at Customs for inspection.

The climate is hot and can be very humid. While historically November to March is the ‘wet’ season, over the last couple of years El Nino has sort of reversed the seasons. Yes, there can be cyclones but they come, they go and they are part of the tropics (even in Australia).

The currency is the tala and the exchange rate is excellent. All major credit cards are accepted and there are ATM’s at the airport, outside the ANZ and Westpac banks and in other locations.

Here are a few things that may swing you to choosing Samoa over other Pacific destinations.

  • The rich Polynesian culture (don’t miss a fia fia night!), the relaxed, laid-back nature of the Samoan people who give visitors the warmest of welcomes.
  • ‘Island time’ is infectious – while things may happen slowly it’s this atmosphere that really makes you unwind – as they say, ‘the coconut will fall when it is ripe!’
  • In Samoa you will find the whitest sand beaches next to that impossible-to-paint blue-green waters.
  • Apia has good restaurants and arguably the best nightlife in the Pacific.
  • It’s inexpensive. There are great flight/accommodation packages and the exchange rate works in your favour. Imagine paying AUD$20 for a whole lobster in a restaurant, accompanied by an ice-cold Vailima beer (AUD$2).
  • Great snorkelling, diving, surfing and deep-sea fishing is close at hand and there are only two islands to explore (only 90 minutes apart by ferry and 10 minutes by plane).

Make sure you put the wonderful Robert Louis Stevenson Museum on your ‘must do’ list when in Apia.

It’s a safe place with few hassles – you won’t be badgered by souvenir or copy watch vendors beating down a price – there’s no haggling or tipping in Polynesian culture.

If you like travelling with a guidebook Moon Handbooks South Pacific, written by David Stanley, is an excellent publication. Visit the Samoa section of David’s website, The South Pacific Organiser.

However, we believe the best information (and fun read) web site for Samoa is our own, Samoa A to Z. And if you have any specific queries, drop us an email and we’ll do the best to help you out.