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Samoa health & safety

Samoa is one of the safest travel destinations in the world with a low crime rate, no terrorist activity, and very few diseases to worry about. The main hospital is in Apia and there are also a number of district hospitals throughout both islands.

Samoa Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required for you to enter Samoa unless you are arriving from or transiting through an area infected with yellow fever within 6 days.


Drinking Water

The water in Samoa is generally safe to drink, although travellers are recommended to purchase bottled water, which is widely available. Ice used at most eating spots, nightclubs and bars is generally prepared from treated water, and is therefore usually safe to consume. If in doubt, ask your waiter first.


Health Risks

There is no risk of catching malaria in Samoa, but there are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. Dengue fever is transmitted by a daytime-biting mosquito, and travellers are recommended to apply a tropical strength insect repellent to avoid the risk of transmission, and to make your time here more comfortable.


Safety and Security

It is still recommend that you apply the same common sense approach to your health and safety as you would at home, by not leaving valuables unattended, and investing in both travel insurance and a basic travel first aid kit.

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*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.