Check list before Travel to Samoa
Check for the latest travel Alert update on the Ministry of Health website - https://www.health.gov.ws
Samoa was the first country to take a tough stance on securing our borders against the CoV19 virus spread. In late January, Samoa put in place a Border Medical Screen block at all entry ports. The screening is robust and necessary in order to keep Samoa a safe place from the CoV19 virus. You could say Samoa had learnt its lesson from the recent measles outbreak when that virus came through our border (from NZ) undetected. It also means that you can be sure Samoa is a safe place for you to visit during the CoV19 global emergency.
The country is taking this global outbreak very seriously and we are making every effort in order to keep the virus out. It means challenging the medical condition of everyone entering the country, both visitors and returning locals alike. Before your travel to Samoa for your events this year, please check the medical guidelines on the Ministry of Health website, this is being updated regularly so please make sure the information you are getting is current OR email us using the Contact form below.
We will upload on here the latest Travel Alert updates from the Government as we receive them.
All this effort may not be able to keep Samoa CoV19-Virus-Free. But it also means that you can be sure the Government and the Ministry of Health will do all they can to keep Samoa safe for Samoa and our visitors in the coming months.
There is no change to our Events schedule for Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti in 2020. Everything is on. We are preparing too for an increased awareness of our region as a safe place to visit at this time. Samoa is a safe place for your active winter holiday in 2020. You will need to, as do I when I return to Samoa each time I travel make sure to follow the latest travel advice for Samoa - for all our safety and protection.
I am expecting a close-to-event uptake by Kiwis and Australians of our exciting events in Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti. For the simple reason that the safest place for travel this year is close to home and away from global emergency hubs. For Samoa, we will be working together with the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and our partner hotels to ensure your participation is worry-free of CoV19 concerns.
Stay aware and safe,
Director, Samoa Swims & Events
UPDATE 20 March 2020
State of Emergency declared
Borders are Closed to non-essential travel
Please visit the Ministry of Health website (link at the top of this page) for the full declaration and latest information.