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The languages that are typically spoken are Samoan and English
Samoa uses the Samoan t?l? (symbol: T), code WST.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 t?l?s. T?l? is subdivided into 100 senes. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 t?l?s and 50, 20 and 10 senes.
Automatic teller machines are common in Samoa. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Samoa is on average 1.9 Mbps.
You can buy a SIM card for about 50.10 WST, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 2 telecoms: Bluesky or Digicel. Samoa uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Samoa upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
In Samoa you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 24 km/h (14 mph) in all built-up areas and 40-72 km/h (24-44 mph) on undivided highways.
Import and export information
Same as prohibited to import list.
Tobacco:200g cigarettes; or
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currencies.
Alcohol:Funds of more than WS$20,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currencies.
Currency:Funds of more than WS$20,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Other goods up to the value of WS$500.
Pornography and other indecent goods.
Illicit drugs and narcotics.
Materials infringing upon copyright or trademark.
Firearms and ammunition require a permit from theMinistry of Police.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits from theMinistry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The entry of live animals is prohibited unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. Entry conditions may also include a period of 'transit' time in an approved country prior to entry into Samoa. These approved transit countries are Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
Animal products such as eggs, feathers, horns, and animal skins must be declared to Customs upon arrival.
The import of live plants is prohibited unless theSamoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit.
150 grams of seeds for personal use may be imported without a permit, but must be declared.
All fruit and vegetables require permits, and import may be refused.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Samoa, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A typhoid vaccination is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or for those that are adventurous eaters.
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Samoa. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Samoa. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Virus in Samoa.
Dengue cases have been reported in Samoa. For further information, please visit the CDC Dengue Advice.