Samoa removes all Covid entry restrictions

Samoa has removed all its Covid entry rules for international travellers.

Prior to the rule change only vaccinated travellers were permitted entry to the Polynesian island country.

All arrivals, including children and infants, were required to show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or a supervised rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure.

Upon arrival into Samoa, travellers then had to take a nasal swab at the airport and, if they tested positive, were required to self-isolate for seven days.

However, all Covid entry restrictions have now been dropped, meaning visitors just need to fill in a health declaration form in order to enter.

Travellers are advised to wear face masks at all times and take precautionary measures within the first few days of arrival, although it is not mandatory.

Samoa’s tourism board Beautiful Samoa has been updated to reflect the changes.

It states: “All travel restrictions for Covid-19 are now lifted. All passengers and crew are no longer required to present vaccination cards/certificates or undergo pre-departure testing for Covid-19 before boarding.

“All passengers must truthfully complete the arrival health declaration form in-flight and provide a valid local phone number and email/Facebook address.”

In addition, Bhutan has dropped all Covid entry requirements for arrivals. Travellers may be subjected to random testing at the point of entry and anyone who tests positive must quarantine in their hotel until they test negative.

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