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Samoa customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Samoa to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Samoa make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Samoa customs regulations.

Import regulations in Samoa

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 21 years and over. One of the following:

  • 200g cigarettes;
  • or 250g tobacco.

Bringing alcohol

  • Restricted to travellers 21 years and over;
  • 2.25 litres of alcohol.

Cash limit

  • There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currencies.
  • Funds of more than WS$20,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Other Goods

  • Other goods up to the value of WS$500.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Pornography and other indecent goods.
  • Illicit drugs and narcotics.
  • Materials infringing upon copyright or trademark.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival:

  • Firearms and ammunition require a permit from the Ministry of Police.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • The entry of live animals is prohibited unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit. Entry conditions may also include a period of 'transit' time in an approved country prior to entry into Samoa. These approved transit countries are Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
  • Animal products such as eggs, feathers, horns, and animal skins must be declared to Customs upon arrival.
  • The import of live plants is prohibited unless the Samoa Quarantine Service has issued a prior permit.
  • 150 grams of seeds for personal use may be imported without a permit, but must be declared.
  • All fruit and vegetables require permits, and import may be refused.

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