What Does the Samoa Arrival Card Look Like?
During your flight or cruise to Samoa, part of the onboard entertainment includes filling out the Passenger Arrival Declaration Card. This card/form, once completed, must be handed over to Customs on arrival into Samoa. The form is displayed on a double-sided narrow card. It must be completed in English or Samoan and for each individual passenger, even children.
In this quick guide to the Passenger Arrival Card for Samoa, we’ll show you what the Passenger Arrival Declaration Card looks like, as well as a few tips for completing it.
Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card – The Front of the Card
The front of the Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card looks like this and asks for your personal details, as well as immigration-related questions. For completing this side of the form, make sure you have both your arrival and departure travel tickets (flight tickets/boarding pass) and passport available, as you will need to use information from these documents.
A requirement for entering Samoa as a visitor is that you have evidence of departure from Samoa, so have your departure date and flight and seat number/name of the ship available. It is also a requirement to have accommodation organised for your stay, so you will need to also supply the name of the resort/beach fale/accommodation.
The lower section of the card asks basic Yes/No questions concerning your criminal history, as well as health questions.
Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card – The Back of the Card
The back of the Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card is your declaration of any goods that might be prohibited, restricted or subject to duty that you may have packed or have in your possession.
The majority of questions on this side of the form ask simple Yes/No questions. Read each question carefully and tick “Yes” if you are unsure or don’t understand the question, as this just prompts the Customs or Quarantine Officer at the border to ask you more questions. You will not get into trouble for ticking “Yes” for any of the questions.
For more information on Customs, Health and Quarantine, check out our complete guide: Arriving in Samoa: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process and What to Declare When Arriving in Samoa.
7 Tips for Completing the Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card
- Pack a black- or blue-ink pen in your carry-on luggage. While pens are usually provided by the in-flight staff, it can take a while for them to give you one
- Passenger Arrival Declaration Cards are also available at the airport or at port, in case you miss getting a card during your flight or cruise
- Arrival Cards must be completed for every passenger, so be sure to complete one for each of your children (even infants) travelling with you
- On question 6, simply put “unemployed” if you don’t have an occupation or job
- On question 7, writing the name of your resort or accommodation is fine
- For most holidaying in Samoa, crossing “Holiday/vacation” for Question 12 is usually the most relevant answer
- Answer the Biosecurity and Customs Declaration sections truthfully. If unsure, tick “Yes”. False declarations could incur a fine or confiscation of goods. Find out more in our guide, Arriving in Samoa: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process.
More About the Passenger Arrival Card for Samoa
That’s it for our complete guide to the Samoa Passenger Arrival Declaration Card. For more forms that you need to complete and other essentials for passing through Customs, check out the following guides:
- What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Samoa?
- Samoa Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Samoa?
- Arriving at Faleolo Airport, Samoa: A Step-by-Step Guide
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Best Samoa Travel Guide.