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Samoa

Samoa: At a glance

Capital: Apia

Population: 196,440

Official languages: Samoan, English

Time zone: Samoa Standard Time

Emergency #: 994

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Samoa: Travel Health Information

Samoa is known for its tropical climate, beaches, and coral reefs. Travellers can enjoy kayaking and sailing around the country’s lagoons, cycling along the coastline, or trekking through trails in rainforest.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Samoa may differ from your home country. Samoa has a public healthcare system and a few private providers. The quality of medical care throughout the country is generally inadequate and does not meet international standards. Due to the country’s small size, some services may not be available and may require travel or evacuation to New Zealand.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Samoa typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to New Zealand may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Samoa.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals in Samoa may be limited in some regions. There are few pharmacies on the islands and many medicines may not be available. Make sure to pack a sufficient amount of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Samoa’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in capital city Apia and other main roads are generally well maintained, but potholes and bumps are common and may pose a risk for drivers. Roads in rural areas are poorly maintained and are often steep, narrow, winding, and poorly lit. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times. In Samoa, traffic drives on the left.



Samoa: At a glance

Capital: Apia

Population: 196,440

Official languages: Samoan, English

Time zone: Samoa Standard Time

Emergency #: 994

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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