Traveling Luck for Samoa
Samoa is located in Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand.
Land in Samoa is two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior.
Samoan land covers an area of 2944 square kilometers which is slightly smaller than Rhode Island
As for the Samoan climate; tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October).
Samoan(s) speak Samoan (Polynesian), English.
Places of note in Samoa
Samoan Clickable Map
Regions of Samoa
New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.
The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, agriculture, and fishing. The country is vulnerable to devastating storms. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labor force, and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, and copra. The manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. The decline of fish stocks in the area is a continuing problem. Tourism is an expanding sector, accounting for 25% of GDP; about 88,000 tourists visited the islands in 2001. One factory in the Foreign Trade Zone employs 3,000 people to make automobile electrical harnesses for an assembly plant in Australia. The Samoan Government has called for deregulation of the financial sector, encouragement of investment, and continued fiscal discipline, while at the same time protecting the environment. Observers point to the flexibility of the labor market as a basic strength for future economic advances. Foreign reserves are in a relatively healthy state, the external debt is stable, and inflation is low.
Samoan natural resources include hardwood forests, fish, hydropower
occupies an almost central position within Polynesia
Samoan religion is Congregationalist 34.8%, Roman Catholic 19.6%, Methodist 15%, Latter-Day Saints 12.7%, Assembly of God 6.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.5%, other Christian 4.5%, Worship Centre 1.3%, other 1.7%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census).
Natural hazards in Samoa include occasional typhoons; active volcanism.
- There is no resident British diplomatic mission in Samoa. In case of emergency, you should contact the Honorary British Consul in Samoa. Please see the General section of this travel advice for contact details.
- You should avoid driving out of built up areas at night.
- Most visits to Samoa are trouble-free but incidents of petty theft are fairly common. The majority of cases for which British nationals require consular assistance in Samoa are due to replacing lost or stolen passports.
- The tropical storm season in Samoa normally runs from November to April. Please see the Natural Disasters section of this Travel Advice and Hurricanes for more information.
- The threat from terrorism in Samoa is low, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
If you require a new passport, application forms can be downloaded from the Internet or obtained from the Honorary British Consul. You should send your completed passport application by courier to the British High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand (contact details can be found on the FCO Travel Advice: New Zealand). Where possible, you are advised to apply at least one month before your passport is due to expire. We strongly advise you to keep a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport, to avoid any complications.