Getting To & Around Samoa

Getting to Samoa is easy, it's the leaving this South Pacific paradise that will be difficult!

Samoa is only five hours away from Sydney and Melbourne, and just over three and a half hours flight time from Auckland, New Zealand.

Samoa Airways (national airline of Samoa), Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways operate international flights from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji and American Samoa into Samoa. Check for and compare flights and airfares to Samoa here.

The main entry point into Samoa is Faleolo International Airport, 35km from Apia on the island of Upolu.

Upon arrival, currency exchanges are open for all international flight arrivals and departures for converting your currency.

Polynesian Airlines operates daily flights between Apia and Pago Pago (American Samoa) out of Fagalii Airport, which is located about 5km from the Central Business District.

Airport Transport
Airport shuttles are provided to the major resorts and hotels, and can be booked prior to arrival or organised when you arrive after clearing Customs. 

Taxis are also available, and a ride to Apia will cost you about ST$80; it’s recommended you confirm the price with the driver before you depart.

If your flight arrives during the day, you can catch a local bus into Apia from the main gate of the airport. There are no set timetables and the fare will cost you about ST$5, please note, the buses will stop running after 5pm. Read more about buses in Samoa here.

Duty free
The duty free allowance is two litres of alcohol, wine or spirits and 200 cigarettes per person. Firearms, ammunition, explosives, drugs and indecent publications of any kind are prohibited.

Entry requirements
Visitors to Samoa are not required to obtain an entry permit for stays of less than 60 days. Travellers must have a return or onward ticket and passports must be valid for six months or more at the time of entry into the country.

If your visit is for more than 60 days, you must apply for a permit to enter the country from the nearest Samoa Consulate General, High Commission or Embassy to you in New Zealand, Australia, New York, Tokyo, Beijing and Belgium. Permit extensions in Apia are handled by Samoa Immigration.  

The following countries have missions or representative embassies high commissioners in Samoa – Australia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain,Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Sweden.

Entry by sailing vessel: Cruise ships
Beautiful Samoa is often visited by cruise ships from around the globe. It is worth considering ending your cruise in Samoa, and staying on longer, as here you have found paradise!

Entry by sailing vessel: Yachts
The Apia Marina has 60 floating berths designed for yachts and motor-boats from 20ft upwards. All berths have 24-hour security, fresh water and electricity. Visiting yachts are required to contact the Samoa Port Authority to notify them of their ETA. Please allow at least two days' notice prior to arriving in Apia for immigration, customs, health and quarantine clearance. Permission must be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Apia if you wish to sail to other islands in Samoa. For further information, contact the Samoa Port Authority, phone (685) 23 552 or fax (685) 25 870.

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