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.
Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but mosquito repellent should be used.
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.
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).
For ambulance, Police or fire service.