Samoa Travel AdviceSamoa travel advice
... Refer to the "General (Consular Representation)" section of this advice for further information. The majority of visitors to Samoa are trouble-free, but trivial larceny is quite frequent.
There are no known UK citizens who needed help in Samoa in 2007. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Samoa is a regular source of seasonal sea and igneous activities. A 6.9 magnitude quake was registered on the Richter magnitude scale 185 leagues southwest of Samoa on September 28, 2006.
For more information, see the section entitled Disaster. Samoa's rainy seasons usually last from November to April. Please see the section entitled Earthquakes (tropical storms) and Tropic cyclones for more information. There' s a minor security menace from Samoa. However, you should be conscious of the overall risks of random acts of terror that could occur in areas open to the general population, such as those visited by expats and migrants.
It is strongly recommended that you take out full travel and health insurances before your trip and take with you all special medications that you may need during your routine use. For more information, see the section General (Insurance). For more information, see the General (Insurance) section of this guide and the Travel Assurance section.
However, you should be conscious of the overall risks of random acts of terrorism that could occur in areas open to the general population, such as those visited by expats and migrants. Samoa streets often cross small creeks, and riders should be extremely careful when they cross these creeks. Observe the advice on how to swim.
Gays and lesbians should be conscious that homophobic activity in Samoa is against the law, despite the example of men who intersect and behave feminely within conventional Pacific cultures. It is recommended to ask the Samoa Tourist Authority about your habits and customs: http://www.visitsamoa.ws. Applications for renewal of a visitor's visa must be submitted to the foreigners' registration office before the expiration of the first visa.
For more information on immigration regulations, please visit the Samoa Immigration website: Visa can be applied for at the Samoan embassies in Brussels, Wellington, Auckland, Canberra or New York or at the Immigration Office of the Prime Minister (P.O. Box L1861, Apia, Samoa). Samoa's healthcare institutions are sufficient for regular healthcare, but their reach and accessibility are restricted.
Physicians and clinics often require immediate payments in the form of immediate reimbursement for healthcare benefits. If there is a case of need, evacuating to Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii is probably the only way to get care, and you should make sure your insurer has it. It can be difficult to obtain special drugs available on medication only.
There''Dengue'' is in Samoa. While there is no vaccine against Dengue, there are preventive actions you can take, as recommended on the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Before traveling to Samoa you should consult a doctor and make sure that all appropriate immunizations are up to date. To find out more about immunization regulations, outbreak and general illness control and prophylaxis, please consult the National Travel OHN and Centre (NaTHNaC) or NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel website or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
The city is situated in a ring of fire and is exposed to an earthquake. There have been previous warnings of tsunamis for Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii. Nine on the Richter range was taken 185 leagues southwest of Samoa. It is strongly recommended that you take out full travel and health cover before your trip.
If there is a health crisis, the only way of treating it is probably to evacuate to Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii. You can find further general information under Travel Assurance. If you need help, you can call the Honorary Consul, Dr. Stephen Rogers. See below for contacts.