Travel Vaccination Advice for Samoa
Let’s cut straight to the chase. No, you do not need vaccinations for Samoa unless you’re one of the rare few coming from or transiting through a yellow fever area within six days of arriving in Samoa… However, this guide to the vaccines recommended for entering Samoa goes through the current suggested vaccinations. In addition, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that travellers be covered with up-to-date vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio when travelling anywhere in the world, including Samoa. We go through the whole list of mandatory and recommended vaccinations for Samoa in this guide.
What Vaccinations Do You Need to Enter Samoa?
If you are coming from or transiting through an area infected with yellow fever within six days prior to arrival in Samoa, then you are required to provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. Otherwise, there are no other current vaccination mandates to enter Samoa. We list all the recommended vaccines for a visit to Samoa in the below guide.
Required Vaccinations for Samoa
There is currently one vaccination required for travel to Samoa:
- Yellow fever vaccination (if you have been to a yellow fever area up to six days before arrival in Samoa).
Do You Need a COVID-19 Vaccination to Enter Samoa?
Commencing 22 September 2022, “All Passengers and Crew are no longer required to present vaccination cards/certificates or undergo pre-departure testing for COVID-19 before boarding,” as stated on the Samoa Tourism Authority’s website.
In the event of any policy change, we will update this page as well as our full guide on What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Samoa?
Recommended Vaccinations for Samoa
Despite the list of recommended vaccinations, the likelihood of visitors to Samoa getting an infectious disease is very slim, but some of the listed diseases below have been found in rare cases of travellers visiting Samoa. Illnesses like dengue fever and chikungunya (see in the “Health Issues to Be Aware of in Samoa” section below) are more likely but there are no vaccines available for prevention.
Either way, it’s always a good idea to make sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date (adults require boosters for some vaccines), and get the travel vaccinations that we list below to stay on the safe side.
Visit your travel clinic or GP 4-6 weeks before your trip to get up-to-date information on which vaccines are best to have for Samoa. When you get vaccines for you or your children, make sure to keep a record of them – many practices offer a “Travel Vaccination Passport”.
Travel Vaccinations for Samoa
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A spreads through food and water. While most people recover completely from hepatitis A, the vaccine is close to 100% protective.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis B spreads through blood and body fluids and is much more serious than hepatitis A. While treatment is complex, the prevention vaccine is highly effective.
Typhoid is a disease spread through food and water where there have been minor typhoid outbreaks in Samoa in recent history. The typhoid vaccine typically lasts two years.
Although most of the population in Samoa is vaccinated against COVID-19, it can still be prevalent in travellers to and from the country. It’s best to be vaccinated to prevent/decrease symptoms.
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
The MMR vaccine is given to children as routine in many countries. The vaccine is recommended to anyone unvaccinated, as Samoa has experienced a measles epidemic in recent history. An adult booster is also recommended.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (TDAP) Vaccine
These airborne diseases are also spread through wounds. While this is a routine vaccination in children in many countries, an adult booster is recommended, particularly for pertussis.
Polio spreads through food and water. The polio vaccine is considered routine for children in many countries. A single adult booster vaccine is recommended.
Meningococcal disease, which causes meningitis, is an airborne disease that has been an issue in local communities in Samoa in recent years. The vaccine is recommended to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk.
Health Issues to Be Aware of in Samoa
While Samoa is safe for most travellers, there are a few slightly more common medical issues experienced in Samoa. Take a look at the list below of some that you need to be aware of. For more information on symptoms, see Samoa Safety Tips: Is it Safe to Travel to Samoa?
Dengue fever is a mosquito-transmitted disease that has regular outbreaks in Samoa. While there is no vaccine for dengue fever, the best way to prevent it is to avoid being bitten by day-biting mosquitos. See the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa for prevention methods.
Another mosquito-transmitted disease, chikungunya, has also had outbreaks in Samoa. There is no vaccine for chikungunya, but the best way to prevent it is to avoid mosquito bites. Again, see the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa for prevention methods.
Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease that, although producing mild symptoms, can be severe for pregnant or breastfeeding women who can pass on the infection to their child with a risk of serious brain anomalies and microcephaly. Again, see the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa for prevention methods.
Heatstroke is caused by long periods of sun exposure. It can be prevented by applying high-factor sunscreen every three hours, covering up exposed skin, staying in the shade at midday, and drinking plenty of water. Check out our recommended sunscreens and sun protection advice in The Best Sunscreens for Samoa + Sun Protection Tips.
E-coli (Traveller’s Diarrhoea)
E-coli is a virus resulting from contaminated food and water. Precautions to take include boiling water for at least 10 minutes if the water is not from a safe source and washing hands regularly. See more tips for making sure you have access to safe drinking water in our guide, Is the Water Safe to Drink in Samoa?
Ciguatera is fish poisoning caused by eating reef fish that have eaten particular types of seaweed. The best way to prevent it is to avoid eating reef fish; most restaurants and accommodations serve bluewater fish, which are not susceptible to carrying the disease.
Get more tips for staying safe and healthy using our Samoa Safety Tips.
More About Vaccines to Travel to Samoa + More Health Tips
That’s it for our guide on vaccines required to travel to Samoa. For more health advice, check out the following guides:
- What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa
- Samoa Safety Tips: Is it Safe to Travel to Samoa?
- Cyclone Safety in Samoa: How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Samoa
Finally, for more essential advice for Samoa, check out the 30 Tips for Travelling in Samoa.