How Much Does a Visa Cost for Samoa?
How Much Does a Visa Cost for Samoa?

How Much Does a Visa Cost for Samoa?

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A Guide to Visa Fees for Samoa

The cost of visas is always something to take into consideration when planning a trip. However, we think that visitors to Samoa are going to enjoy the “cost” of a visitor visa! We go over all of the details and more in this guide on how much a visa to Samoa costs.

The visitor visa is not the only visa for Samoa, however, as visitor visa extensions and temporary residency are also available for staying in Samoa. These both have fees attached, which we also detail in this visa cost guide.

Do I Need a Visa for Samoa?

Tourist permits are automatically granted to all international passport holders entering Samoa (except for US citizens of American Samoa) if the entry conditions are met, including how long your passport is valid beyond the date of intended stay, evidence of an outbound ticket, proof of accommodation and any other current entry requirements. See Samoa Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Samoa? for a full guide on the entry conditions for visitors.

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The Cost of the Samoa Visitor Visa

Great news! There is no cost for the visitor visa/tourist permit for visiting Samoa. The visa that is granted upon arrival for international passport holders has no fees or costs attached. This tourist permit allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

There are costs, however, if you want to extend your visitor visa beyond the initial 90 days or if you want to apply for a Waiver Letter if your passport is due to expire less than six months after your intended date of departure – more on that in the section below.

For more information on the visitor visa, check out our Samoa Tourist Visa Guide. Plus, for details on how long you can stay in the country, head to How Long Can You Stay in Samoa on a Visitor Visa?

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The Cost of Waiver Letters (For Passports that are Soon to Expire)

One of the conditions for the free visitor visa to Samoa, which is granted upon arrival, is your passport must be valid for at least six months after your intended date of departure from Samoa.

If you wish to travel to Samoa on a passport with less than six months validity after your intended departure date, then you must apply for a Waiver Letter through your local Samoa High Commission or Samoa Consulate-General.

The cost of a Waiver Letter for Samoa is NZ$50 (around ST$82).

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The Cost of Samoa Visitor Visa Extensions

Although there is no fee for the initial 90 days of stay in Samoa as a tourist, there are application fees for visitor visa extensions.

The cost of a visitor visa extension is ST$100 (at the time of writing), which must be paid to the Immigration Division in Apia, as you can only apply for visitor visa extensions in Samoa.

Note that there may be other expenses to consider, such as printing bank statements, travel tickets, passport photos and other supporting evidence required for the visa extension application.

Learn more about the process of applying for a visitor visa extension in our guide, How Long Can You Stay in Samoa on a Visitor Visa?

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The Cost of Other Visas for Samoa

Another visa for Samoa is a Temporary Resident Permit for the purpose of business and investment, employment, study, academic research, cultural and religious purposes or family support or reunion. Depending on the purpose you’re applying for the Temporary Resident Permit, different fees apply. At the time of writing, the visa fees for Samoa are as follows:

  • Temporary Resident Permit for Employment – ST$600 + ST$300 for each dependent if applied from overseas, or ST$1,200 + ST$300 for each dependent if applied for in Samoa
  • Temporary Resident Permit for Study – ST$300 + ST$150 for each dependent
  • Temporary Resident Permit to Conduct Business – ST$600 + ST$300 for each dependent if applied from overseas, or ST$1,200 + ST$300 for each dependent if applied for in Samoa
  • Temporary Resident Permit for Academic or Scientific Research – ST$600 + ST$300 for each dependent
  • Temporary Resident Permit for Cultural or Religious Purposes – ST$100 + ST$50 for each dependent
  • Temporary Resident Permit for Family Reunion or Family Support – ST$100 + ST$50 for each dependent.

Again, learn more about the requirements of these alternative visas for Samoa in How Long Can You Stay in Samoa on a Visitor Visa? Otherwise, more details are also listed on the Immigration Division page of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (MPMC) website.

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Where to Pay Visa Application Fees

Fees for applications must be paid to one of the addresses stated below and in the currency of the country in which you lodge the application. Note that you cannot send cash in the mail.

Visitor visa extensions can only be applied for in Samoa. Other visa types may have their own conditions for lodging applications, which you can research on the Immigration Division page of the MPMC website.

SAMOA: Immigration Division
Ministry of Prime Minister & Cabinet
PO Box L 1861
Apia, SAMOA
Phone (685) 20291 or 20292
Fax (685) 22243
E-mail: immigration@samoa.ws

NEW ZEALAND: Samoa High Commission
1A Wesley Road (PO Box 1430)
WELLINGTON
Phone (04) 472 0953
Fax (04) 471 2479

Samoa Consulate General
283 Karangahape Road
(PO Box 68147)
AUCKLAND
Phone (09) 303 1012
Fax (09) 302 1168

AUSTRALIA: Samoa High Commission
13 Culgoa Circuit
O’Malley ACT 2606
(PO Box 3274 Manuka ACT 2603)
CANBERRA
Phone (02) 6286 5505
Fax (02) 6286 5678

UNITED STATES: Samoa Mission to UN
800 Second Avenue, Suite 400J
NEW YORK NY 10017
Phone (212) 599 6196
Fax (212) 599 0797

BELGIUM: Embassy of Samoa
20 Avenue de l’Oree
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +322 660 8454
Fax:: +322 675 0336
Email: samoaembassy@skynet.be.

More About the Cost of Visas for Samoa

That’s it for our guide to how much a visa to Samoa costs. For more costs to take into consideration for your trip, as well as other travel documents to prepare, check out the following guides:

Finally, don’t miss a thing about planning the perfect trip to Samoa by checking out The Best Samoa Travel Guide.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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