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Health and Wellbeing

Samoa has a number of medical centres and hospitals that are available for visitors to use.

Health Q&As

Depending on which part of Samoa you are visiting, it is a good idea to take a list of local medical facilities should the need arise, particularly in rural areas.

Most smaller clinics have only basic medical treatments available.

Of course, it is best to stay healthy by taking the normal precautions that come with visiting a tropical country, and bringing any healthcare requirements you have from home.

Where can I find contact details for Samoan health facilities?

Find a medical centre near you.

Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information.

What immunisations do I need to get before visiting Samoa?

The World Health Organisation recommends vaccinations for Samoa that are already administered in most western countries:

Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

In response to a Proclamation of State of Emergency issued 15th November 2019, we recommend the  following:  

- ALL travellers to Samoa to ensure their vaccinations are up to date before travelling. If uncertain of your immunization status, seek the advice of your healthcare  providers before travelling; 

- VISITORS who are already in Samoa and uncertain of immunization status, visit one of the vaccination clinics including the National Hospitals;

- ALL travellers who have recently returned from Samoa to report to healthcare providers immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms  - high fever, runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes and a rash. 

For more enquiries, contact Samoa National Emergency Operations Centre on +997, Or Health Emergency Operations Centre on +685 66506.

Ensure all your immunisations are up to date before travelling to Samoa. Consult your doctor.

Are mosquitoes a problem?

Like all tropical countries, Samoa has mosquitoes. Dengue fever and a similar disease, Chikungunya, may be present, and Zika virus is considered a risk, so mosquito nets and insect repellent should be used. Most accommodation providers have mosquito nets in rooms and fales for your comfort.

Malaria is not considered a problem in Samoa.

Is snorkelling safe in Samoa?

Snorkelling is safe. However, it is sensible (and best for the environment) not to touch coral - if it cuts the skin it can cause serious infections. Should this occur, treat immediately with a topical antibiotic.

In the sea, snorkellers, swimmers and surfers should take care to avoid touching anything, as some species are poisonous. This includes the Crown of Thorns starfish, cone fish and pufferfish.

Is the water safe to drink?

We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available and affordable from shops across Samoa, and use bottled water to brush your teeth - even if you're staying in Apia.

Is dehydration an issue?
Because of Samoa’s climate, stay hydrated - particularly if you're active. Always have plenty of bottled water with you and keep drinking it.
Is the food safe to eat?

Yes, especially from resorts and reputable restaurants and cafes. Be aware that salads may have been washed in tap water. Be cautious about stalls offering BBQ food and any raw meat or fish.

Should I get travel insurance to visit Samoa?

Yes. It is always recommended that international travellers purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package from a reputable company before leaving home. 
Ensure the insurance policy covers any activities you are planning to undertake such as scuba diving, and that it covers pre-existing conditions. 

Are there poisonous insects or animals in Samoa?

No, but mosquito repellent should be used.

What do I do if I'm travelling with Prescription medications?

If you have prescription medications, ensure you have a plentiful, properly-labelled supply to take to Samoa and take an extra prescription in case you need more. Always check with your doctor regarding regulations around medications.

Should I pack a Medical kit?

It's a good idea to bring a small personal medical kit, particularly if you're planning an active holiday, such as mountain biking or hiking.

Contents could include products to treat dehydration, mild stomach ailments and diarrhoea, standard pain relief, bandages, antibiotic cream and antihistamine creams and tablets. Don't forget sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and sunburn cream (just in case).

Need emergency assistance? Dial 911

For ambulance, Police or fire service.

If calling on your mobile phone, dial +685 911.

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