UPDATED TRAVEL ADVISORY NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-2019)
⚠️⚠️⚠️IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS ADVISORY WILL COME INTO EFFECT – SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2020, AT 8AM⚠️⚠️⚠️
⚠️NOTED CHANGES: The number of countries and requirements that apply to listed countries⚠️
⚠️⚠️The provision of the test results within 5 days for the Coronavirus (COVID-2019) will come into effect on the 19th March 2020⚠️⚠️
⚠️All Other conditions regarding 14 days self-quarantine with 3 days medical report remains in effect for countries listed⚠️
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 globally and the declaration by WHO on 11th March 2020, as a Global Pandemic; the risk for Samoa is VERY HIGH.
Border requirements and restrictions is now strengthened at all ports of entry.
ALL TRAVELLERS ENTERING SAMOA MUST NOTE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
1. A Special Health Declaration Card is required to be filled out by all travelling passengers inflight or on arrival in to Samoa.
2. ALL Travellers including returning residents entering Samoa are now required to undergo medical examination by a Registered Medical Practitioner within (3) days before ARRIVAL. Medical clearance report is required for check-in prior to issuing of boarding passes.
3. ALL airline crew and sea vessels crew are required to renew medical reports after 14 days of last medical check.
4. All Travelers entering Samoa including Samoan passport holders who are permanent residents of American Samoa are now required to have medical examination within 3 days before entering; this requirement SHOULD BE SIGNED by the attending physician and COUNTER-SIGNED by the Motusa Tuileama Nua, Director of Public Health, American Samoa.
a. All Samoan Nationals and Permanent Residents travelling to American Samoa are required to have medical examination within 3 days before entering with proof of MMR/MR vaccination. If in the event your travel is less than 3 days; medical examination issued in Samoa will suffice for your return.
5. Compulsory screening of ALL arriving passengers and crew to Samoa is in effect at ALL ports of entry. ALL are required to comply and produce additional documents when asked.
6. All Travelers originating FROM or TRANSITING through;
2) HONG KONG
7) SOUTH KOREA
21) CZECHIA REP.
30) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
31) UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
32) UNITED KINGDOM
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE
I. MUST PROVIDE proof of test results done within 5 days for the Coronavirus (COVID-2019); will come into effect on the 19th March 2020.
II. ALL travelers with COVID-19 positive test will NOT be allowed to enter Samoa
III. ALL MUST spend at least 14 days self-quarantine at country of last port and must have a Medical Clearance within (3) days prior to arrival into Samoa. This must be their final stop before travelling to Samoa.
IV. In the event you arrive and have NOT satisfied the above three requirements, YOU WILL BE RETURNED to the country of last Port, before arrival in to Samoa.
7. ALL Chartered Flights and Cruise Ships intended for Samoa WILL NOT be granted entry into Samoa, until further notice.
8. ALL sea port entries will be screened at the quarantine buoy before the vessel docks at the wharf.
9. ALL Cargo Ships and Fishing vessels entering Samoa with crew change at any port or out at sea MUST COMPLY with ALL REQUIREMENTS stated above. Entry will be denied unless they comply with ALL requirements.
10. ALL Garbage from air crafts and sea vessels landing ashore is now prohibited.
ALL Airlines and Travel Agencies are urged to comply with ALL requirements.
Requirements for ALL Airlines:
With ongoing efforts to prevent COVID-19 from entering Samoa and to control the number of travellers entering, the following amendments MUST be adhered to:
Total number of flights as stated below remains the same;
➡️Flights between Australia and Samoa; THREE (3) flights for both Samoa Airways and Virgin Australia per week,
➡️Flights between Fiji and Samoa; THREE (3) flights per week including Hawaii route,
➡️Flights between American Samoa and Samoa; FOUR (4) flights for both Talofa Airways and Samoa Airways per day.
Airlines are advised to make appropriate Changes for flights into Samoa.
Please contact the Embassy of the Independent State of Samoa should you have further enquiries.