Samoan meeting houses by Leslie Lewis via Flickr Creative Commons

Most foreign nationals can obtain a visitor’s visa upon arrival into Samoa. It is valid for 60 days, and is free of charge. However, passengers must have a valid passport, a return or onward ticket, accommodation arrangements, be free of communicable diseases, and show evidence of sufficient funds. The website, is recommended for United States nationals traveling to Samoa.

Health and Safety

Crime is relatively low throughout Samoa, and the locals tend to be extremely friendly to tourists. However, this doesn’t mean petty crimes do not exist. Theft is not uncommon, so tourists should keep their belongings in a safe place when separated from them.

When walking in Apia, be wary of stray dogs. They usually are extremely territorial, and have been known to attack people. These dogs are often found in packs. If tourists decide to walk the streets, especially after dark, they should bring a stick or sharp instrument in case of an emergency.

Samoa is generally free of worrisome diseases, so tourists can rest easy when holidaying on the islands. Nevertheless, cases of dengue fever have been found, since Samoa is part of the tropics. Sleeping with a mosquito net and using insect repellent when traveling in Samoa are recommended.

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