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Submitted on Jun 28, 2020 Useful Info

All you need to know about your safety in Samoa

Samoa is a beautiful Island in the South Pacific.

It is among the safest archipelagos in the South Pacific but street crimes and natural hazards are common.

Crime Rates in Samoa

  • Compared to other Pacific islands, Samoa is relatively safe.
  • Crime rates are relatively low with only a few residential break-ins reported.
  • Apia, Samoa's Capital has had the highest crime rates with crimes related to selling drugs, mugging, pickpocketing, theft and assault being rampant.

Safety Tips

  1. Avoid all poorly lit areas in major urban centres in Samoa.
  2. Always walk in groups of more than or at least two people.
  3. Do all your shopping or errands preferably during the day.
  4. Always keep a low profile. It is easy for muggers to spot an unsuspecting visitor.
  5. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Keep it simple or you might as well keep it local, the Samoan way.

Natural Hazards in Samoa

  • Located in a highly seismic region, Samoa is prone to earthquakes.
  • Natural calamities such as cyclones, tsunamis, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions are also common.
  • No need to panic though. The local authorities in Samoa have installed a Tsunami warning system to warn residents in case of emergencies.

Health Safety in Samoa

  • Before visiting Samoa, always run a vaccination check.
  • Always seek medical advice from your travel doctor concerning the routine vaccinations in Samoa.

Recommended Vaccinations (consult your travel doctor)

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • DPT
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Yellow Fever
  • Chicken Pox
  • Typhoid
  • Shingles
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia

Political and Civil Unrest in Samoa

  • There's very little or no political unrests in Samoa.
  • Thus, Samoa is among the safest places in the Pacific.

Terrorism in Samoa

  • The threat is relatively low but not a single country can be totally free of terrorism.

Emergency Numbers in Samoa

  • In case of emergencies, dial the following 24/7 service toll lines.
  • 994 for fire emergencies
  • 995 for police
  • 996 for medical emergencies