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Health Travel Advice for Samoa

 

DRINKING WATER

Tap water is treated mainly around the town area however it is still strongly advised to consume bottled water from commercial companies.

FOOD SAFETY

The food safety and hygiene standard is generally well observed by most food vendors and restaurants around the main town area; it is advised to purchase or dine at identified restaurants and vendors.

VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

Typhoid is endemic in Samoa and you are strongly advised to get vaccinated before travel.

 

Measles, Rubella and Pertussis are non-endemic but due to the possibility of importation with current regional outbreaks, it is strongly advised to get vaccinated before travel.

 

SPECIAL TRAVEL ADVICE FOR EBOLA DISEASE PREVENTION

 

Travelers from countries currently affected by Ebola Virus disease in particular Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should take note of the following:

 

1.       Travelers from or through confirmed Ebola affected countries should at all costs ensure that you have passed the 21 days monitoring period, before arrival into Samoa.

2.       If in the event you arrive within the 21 days monitoring period, Public Health quarantine measures will be applied.

3.       The Special Health Declaration Form for Samoa should be filled in for all travelers in-flight before arrival.

4.       Be aware of signs and symptoms of Ebola infection (sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, rash and sometimes bleeding)

5.       Immediately report a fever of 38 degrees Celcius or higher to local medical personnel, Public Health (+685 29596) or Emergency service (+685 66600) and mention the travel history.

 

SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS

·         Due to the current Dengue Fever outbreak, travelers to Samoa are advised to take extra precautions from getting bitten by mosquitoes.

·         Due to regional outbreaks of Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika viruses and Measles with the potential to cause an outbreak, please ensure you are disease free before traveling. Should you become ill, please notify the nearest Medical Facility or Ministry of Health immediately.

·         Due also to global outbreaks of Polio, Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever and MERS-CoV ensure you notify us, if you have traveled to Outbreak regions / Countries within the last 30 days.  Should you become ill, notify the nearest Medical Facility or Ministry of Health immediately.

·         While Samoa is Malaria free, ensure you protect yourself from vector borne diseases and use insect repellant and mosquito nets at night.

·         Those with chronic medical conditions must ensure adequate supplies of medications available and ensure complete medical checks before travel.

·         In line with Samoa Narcotics Act 2009 those on special medications must provide adequate documentation to Dr Robert Thomsen on email robertt@health.gov.ws for special permit.

·         Even though Samoa is Rabies free, you are still advised to beware of stray dogs.

·         Ensure proper hydration and adequate sun protection.

 Medical clinics are located at the two main village accommodations (Pesega & Samoa College) and the main Sporting venue (Food Court) as well as the main TTM Hospital at Motootua. There are also many General Practioners in the Apia Town area.

 

For more information contact: Ministry of Health – (685) 68100; extensions 104 / 156 / 157 , Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) Hospital – (685) 66600

 

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