Giordano's Pizzeria and Garden Restaurant in Apia, Samoa
Giordano's Pizzeria and Garden Restaurant

Currency & banks 

It is wise to always carry cash in Samoa as not all businesses, including accommodation providers, or services, such as taxis, accept credit card payment. 

Cash is also required for visiting beaches and other areas owned by villages, where you will often be asked for a customary fee. 

All major foreign currencies can be exchanged in Samoa. Money exchange services are based at Faleolo International Airport, in the capital city Apia, and at some major hotels and resorts.

International visitors can use credit cards in ATMs but must have a PIN to withdraw cash. Some ATMs will accept New Zealand EFTPOS cards. A transaction fee may apply when withdrawing cash.

Like in any country, cash and credit cards should not be left unattended. 

 

Our currency

Samoa’s national currency is the Tala (dollar) and Sene (cent). Prices are displayed using the standard dollar symbol ($), a ST$ for Samoan Tala or WST$ (Western Samoa Tala). 

Tala is the only currency accepted in Samoa.

100 Sene equals one Tala.

Samoan Tala notes

ST$5 $10 $20 $50 $100

Samoan sene (cents)

10c, 20c, 50c, ST$1, $2

 

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