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All About the Samoa Visa
Along with the unspoilt beauty of Samoa, the most amazing fact about these islands is that citizens of all the nations of the world can visit without a visa!
If you’re from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, or almost another country, then you can stay visa-free for up to 60 days. Meanwhile, European Union (EU) citizens can remain for up to 90 days.
The only exception to this is citizens of American Samoa, or if you intend to stay beyond 60 days (or 90 days for EU citizens), in which case you require a Visitor Permit.
On this page, we explain the requirements to visit if you’re visa-exempt, and how to obtain the Visitor Permit if you need one.
Importantly, don’t need get confused between Samoa and American Samoa. Samoa is a fully independent country with its own currency and its own entry regulations, while American Samoa is a United States of America unincorporated territory.
Another thing to remember is that Samoa used to be called Western Samoa, until the country changed its name in 1997. Fortunately, though, the beaches, scenery and warm welcome remain the same. This is why this country remains a popular stopping point for both cruise ships and Pacific explorers.
This country doesn’t offer an eVisa (Electronic Visa), and as such Byevisa.com cannot help you get an entry permit online for this country. That said, we have researched the entry regulations for visa-exempt nationalities and how to obtain the Visitor Permit. This page explains the whole process, so read on to learn more!
How Does Samoa’s Visa-Free Policy Work?
A visa-free policy is where no visa is required for entry. This small Pacific nation allows all nationals except American Samoa residents to enter without a visa. Namely, all nationalities can enter for 60 days, except EU citizens who can remain for 90 days.
Notably, your visa-free entry is for tourism and travel only. You cannot work or reside here permanently without applying for the proper visa. Similarly, you can only stay as a visitor for as long as you’re permitted to, namely 60 or 90 days. You will be asked how long you plan to remain at the immigration desk in the airport when you arrive.
Even if you’re visa-free, there are some very clear requirements to enter:
- You must have a passport that’s valid for 6 months from your time of entry.
- You will be asked to show you have a return or onward flight/cruise ticket.
- You must prove that you have accommodation arranged in the country.
- You need to have the financial means to support yourself while you are here.
- If you are heading somewhere other than your home country afterwards, the border agents may ask for your entry permit for the next country.
These are all pretty standard requirements for international travel.
If you would like to travel here on a passport with less than 6 months of validity after your intended time of entry, then you must apply for a Waiver Letter through the Immigration Office in the capital city of Apia.
Also, If you want to stay beyond 60 days (or 90 days if you come from an EU country), then you need to apply for a Visitor Permit. We explain all about this below.
What Is the Samoa Visa Application Process?
If you wish to remain for longer than your permitted visa-free stay, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Permit.
Applications for Visitor Permits can be made at this country’s overseas missions in Brussels, Wellington, Auckland, Canberra or New York.
Samoa is a small country with a modest diplomatic presence throughout the world. It therefore has very few embassies. The contact details for the most significant embassies are as follows:
|Australia (Canberra)||(0612) 62 865 email@example.com|
|Belgium (Brussels)||(+32) 2 660 84 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|China (Beijing)||(86) 1065321785||Website: http://www.samoaembassy.cn/|
|Japan (Tokyo)||(813) 6228 email@example.com|
|New Zealand (Auckland)||(+64) 9 303 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Zealand (Wellington)||(0644) 472 email@example.com|
|USA (Los Angeles)||(+1) (310) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|USA (New York) – United Nations representation||(01 212) 599 email@example.com|
You can find more details on our Embassies Finder page.
Alternatively, you can contact the Immigration Office at the Prime Minister’s Department (PO Box L1861, Apia). The Immigration Office is physically located in Apia.
As stated, nationals of American Samoa need a Visitor Permit before travelling. American Samoa is situated just 64 kilometres away and is connected by a regular ferry boat. This ease of access means tighter immigration rules exist than for other nationalities seeking to enter.
To obtain a Visitor Permit, you must apply in person at the Consulate General of Samoa in American Samoa’s capital of Pago Pago. The full address is:
Consulate General Of Samoa
PO Box 1313
Iupeli Siliva Building
Ph: +684 6335919
Fax: +684 6335929
There is no email address.
The opening hours are Monday – Friday, 08:30 am – 15:00 pm.
Samoa Visa Form and Documents
If you make a Visitor Permit application, either because you come from American Samoa or you wish to stay beyond 60 days (90 days for EU citizens), then the application is straightforward. It asks for standard international travel information such as you would need to enter any country. This information includes:
- Personal information:
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issue and expiry dates
- Contact information:
- Mobile phone number
- Email address
- Trip specific information:
- Purpose of your visit
- Date of arrival
- Length of stay
Samoa Visa Status Check
Many countries offer an online portal where you can check the status of your application. However, since the Visitor Permit is issued in person, this facility is not available.
Therefore, you can only check the status of your application by making contact with the diplomatic mission where you applied. Clearly, you should do this at the embassy or consular office where you made your application. Leave it for a few days before you do this.
If possible, when you are making your application, take down the name of the person who you speak to. Then, if you direct any queries to the embassy, this could be helpful as this person will be more familiar with you and your application.
How Much Is a Visa Here?
As there is no visa for the vast majority of travellers, there is no fee unless you are applying for a Visitor Permit. Ask at the nearest embassy or consulate about the permit fee before you attend your appointment.
More Samoa Visa Questions and Information
The above sections should have given you all the information you require before going to these beautiful islands! If there’s something else you need to know, we’ve compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions to help you further. Just use the drop-down menu below.
You will likely only be staying a short time (perhaps 1 or 2 days) and the entry stamp in your passport will cover this.
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
On the other hand, American Samoa is an entirely separate country, and it's an unincorporated territory of the United States of America.