Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Samoa
Do I need to take any vaccinations / immunisations before I fly to Samoa?
Answer: No vaccinations are required to enter Samoa unless you are arriving from, or transiting through, an area infected with yellow fever within 6 days. However, we still recommend that you consult a travel doctor prior to arriving in Samoa to discuss your health needs.
For all health-related queries about travelling to Samoa, visit the Samoan Ministry of Health website.
What is the quality of water like in Samoa?
Answer: The water in Samoa is generally safe to drink, although we recommend that travellers purchase bottled water, which is widely available – remember to be an eco-conscious visitor. Ice used at most eating spots, nightclubs and bars is generally prepared from treated water, and is therefore usually safe to drink – but if in doubt, ask your waiter first.
Are there poisonous insects or animals in Samoa?
There are no poisonous insects or animals in Samoa, although keeping some tropical strength mosquito repellent at hand is advisable. If you go diving or snorkelling in Samoa, keep an eye out for the Crown of Thorns starfish.
Tell me about insect-borne diseases.
Answer: There is no risk of catching malaria in Samoa, but there are occassional outbreaks of dengue fever. Dengue fever is transmitted by a daytime-biting mosquito, and travellers are recommended to apply a tropical strength insect repellent to avoid the risk of transmission, and to make your time here more comfortable. Filariasis (and Elephantiasis) are present in Samoa, but pose a very low risk to short term travellers – the disease generally requiring multiple bites from an infected mosquito.
What is the general health & safety situation in Samoa?
Answer: Samoa is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, boasting a low crime rate, no terrorist activity, and very few diseases to worry about. However, we still recommend that you apply the same common sense approach to your health and safety as you would at home, by not leaving valuables unattended, and investing in both travel insurance and a basic travel first aid kit.