Pago travelers to self-isolate at home

By Adel Fruean 20 May 2022, 8:11PM

Samoa's Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) has advised that all incoming passengers from American Samoa can self-isolate in their respective homes.

The new COVID-19 protocols was announced in a revised travel advice issued by the Ministry for travelers from American Samoa entering Samoa.

According to the new changes, all passengers or guardian must sign consent for self or home isolation.

“All passengers are responsible for their own transport and self/home isolation arrangements on arrival into Samoa,” reads the revised M.O.H. travel advise. 

Furthermore, all arriving passengers into Samoa are required to wear face mask at all times and upon arrival must submit to a nasal pharyngeal swab for PCR testing.

The travel advise also revealed that all passengers are required to arrange and have a medically supervised Rapid Antigen Test (R.A.T.) done at any health facility or private clinic on day three and day seven of self or home isolation and report the results to the M.O.H.

“Any passenger with a positive test must self/home isolate for 10 days from the date tested positive with a repeat test done on the tenth day.

“All close contacts of a positive case must also self/home isolate for seven days with R.A.T. test done on day seven. All positive R.A.T. tests require a nasopharyngeal swab to be done for PCR and Genomic testing.

“Incoming passengers must self/home isolate for seven days.”

Passengers must also provide a valid local phone number and email or Facebook address.The Health Ministry also cautioned that self-testing at home is not acceptable.

All passengers travelling from outside of American Samoa are required to complete 10 days from the date of arrival into American Samoa. Any passenger arriving within the 10 day period will be denied entry and returned back to American Samoa.

Only Samoan residents or citizens, essential workers and those approved for medical and visa clearance are allowed to enter Samoa.

All travelers aged 5 years and above including flight crew are also now required to be fully vaccinated with the prescribed two doses with the exception of Janssen vaccine before entry into Samoa with any COVID-19 vaccine and preferably vaccines already pre-qualified by the World Health Organisation (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen-single dose, Moderna, Sinopharm, etc, etc). 

A legitimate vaccine certificate is required for boarding and being fully vaccinated implies completion of the required prescribed doses as per vaccine used. 

All should have completed two weeks (14 days) post vaccination prior to travel.

Failure to provide required information and adherence to self/home isolation requirement will result in a fine of $2,000 Samoan Tala or higher or to the extent of your name being publicised. 

“COVID-I9 Variants affecting our region and the global communities is noted with much concern, hence our Border control efforts is elevated and strictly enhanced.

“Your compliance with the conditions listed is imperative to ensuring the safety of all travelers and our people in Samoa. We endeavour to keep Samoa COVID-19 free.”

Travellers are also required to download the Samoa Travel Tracer app onto their phones before travel. 


By Adel Fruean 20 May 2022, 8:11PM
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