- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Local Laws and Customs
- Safety and Security
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
High degree of caution.
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.
Travel to Samoa
Please note there are limited international flights to and from Samoa.
All travellers aged 12 years and above are required to be fully vaccinated before entry to Samoa. A certificate is required for boarding and a hard copy must be presented at check-in and upon arrival into Samoa. If you are exempt from vaccinations, you must contact the Ministry of Health at least 30 days prior to your arrival.
On arrival in Samoa passengers are required to:
- Wear a facemask at all times
- Take a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test upon request by Health Officials at the airport
- Complete an arrival Health declaration
All passengers are to arrange and have a supervised Rapid Antigen Test done at any health facility or private clinic within three days of arrival and report the results to the Ministry of Health.
Please note, if you receive a positive test result, you must self-isolate for seven days from the day you tested positive.
For more information please see: Ministry of Health Samoa
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Crime in Samoa is low but petty crime is common.
We advise you to take basic precautions while travelling to Samoa:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
Public gatherings and demonstrations may take place from time to time.
We recommend that you stay clear of demonstrations, and should follow the advice of the local authorities.
Nature and Climate
Earthquakes and volcanoes
Samoa is located in a seismically active zone, which can lead to earthquakes and volcanic activity.
Tropical storms and Cyclones
In Samoa, strong winds are expected from the beginning of November to the end of April, some of which can reach cyclone strength. During this time, intense rainfall and subsequent floods and landslides are to be expected.
The climate is tropical. The rainy season extends from November to April and the hot dry seasons occurs from May to October
Tide changes can produce powerful currents in ocean lagoons. Take local advice before swimming. Fatal accidents have occurred at popular beaches.
Samoan law criminalizes homosexuality and homosexual relations. If you are convicted, you could face imprisonment.
LGBTQI+ travellers could also be discriminated against or detained based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics. They may be charged with crimes against public welfare.
LGBTQI+ travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Samoa.
Samoa switched to driving on the left in 2009, however, many vehicles still have the steering wheel on the left of the vehicle. You should take care when driving on the roads, observing speed limits.
You should avoid driving at night out of built-up areas. Vehicle safety regulations are not consistently enforced and traffic violations occur routinely.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country. We advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.
There is currently an outbreak of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America, the Caribbean and other locations including Samoa. Infection with Zika virus has been increasingly linked with a serious birth condition called microcephaly where the baby is born with an abnormally small head and/or brain damage. An increase in cases of a neurological illness (called Guillan Barre Syndrome) have also been reported in areas where Zika virus outbreaks have occurred. Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas.
As the Zika virus can be passed in a man’s semen, men returning from a Zika-affected area who do not have any symptoms of Zika are advised to practice safe sex (by wearing a condom) for one month after return. Men who have developed symptoms that could be due to Zika virus infection (fever, headache, aches, pains, rash, itchy eyes) are advised to practice safe sex (by wearing a condom) for 6 months after return. This is precautionary advice that may be revised as more information becomes available.
If you require emergency assistance from the Embassy, please contact us on +64 4 4712252. If you call outside normal working hours, you will be given instructions to call another number to speak to a Duty Officer.
You may also wish to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin directly at 00353-1-4082000.
Embassy of Ireland
Level 14, Solnet House
70 The Terrace
Monday to Friday 09:30–12:30 and 14:00-16:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.