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COVID-19 Travel Advisory from the Samoa Tourism Authority

16 March 2020

Beautiful Samoa's latest tourism travel advice

Samoa Tourism Authority

UPDATE - Specific requirement of proof for test results within 5 days for the listed countries to come into effect on 19th March 2020

Health Officials after reinforcing and intensifying travel requirements, have updated one of the requirements for the listed countries being - proof of test results done within five (5) days for the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) - to come into effect on the 19th of March 2020.

Other travel requirements remain the same as there is still no CoronaVirus case in Samoa.

ALL TRAVELLERS ENTERING SAMOA MUST TAKE HEED OF 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 and sea vessel crew are required to renew medical reports after 14 days.
4. All Travelers entering Samoa including Samoan passport holders who are permanent residents of American Samoa are required to have medical examination within 3 days before entering; this requirement SHOULD BE SIGNED by the attending physician and COUNTER-SIGNED by Motusa Tuileama Nua, Director of Public Health, American Samoa.
a. All Samoan Nationals and Permanent Residents travelling to American Samoa must have a medical examination within 3 days with proof of MMR/MR vaccination. If travel is less than 3 days, medical examination issued in Samoa will suffice for 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 Travellers originating FROM or TRANSITING through:

1) CHINA
2) HONG KONG
3) MACAU
4) JAPAN
5) SINGAPORE
6) THAILAND
7) SOUTH KOREA
8) ITALY
9) IRAN
10) KUWAIT
11) TAIWAN
12) GERMANY
13) SPAIN
14) FRANCE
15) BAHRAIN
16) AUSTRIA
17) BELGIUM
18) CANADA
19) MALAYSA
20) DENMARK
21) CZECHIA REP
22) GREECE
23) ICELAND
24) LUXEMBOURG
25) NETHERLANDS
26) NORWAY
27) QATAR
28) SWEDEN
29) SWITZERLAND
30) USA
31) UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
32) UNITED KINGDOM
33) AUSTRALIA

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR COUNTRIES LISTED ABOVE:
I. MUST PROVIDE proof of test results done within 5 days for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - this will come into effect on the 19th of March 2020.

II. ALL travellers 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 NZ and Samoa - FIVE (5) flights for both Samoa Airways and Air NZ per week,
- 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.
All Travellers out of Samoa:
- It is strongly recommended that all persons intending to travel to any country affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus postpone their travel arrangements unless necessary.
- Be aware of the signs and symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus which include: fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
- Preventive measures should be adhered to at ALL times if travel cannot be postponed.
- The Ministry of Health STRONGLY ADVISES ALL Groups and Sporting bodies intending to travel overseas to reconsider or cancel travel arrangements.

For more information - contact Tagaloa Dr. Robert Thomsen robertt@health.gov.ws (+685) 767-6015 or Dr. Sarah Brown sarahb@health.gov.ws of the Ministry of Health.

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