Last updated: 5 August 2022


As of 1 August 2022, Samoa has fully reopened its international borders.


All travelers must take note of and follow the latest Special Health Travel Advisory (1 August 2022).

For further information on the conditions and availability of pre-departure COVID-19 testing for individuals leaving New Zealand, please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.

Press Releases/Advisories:

Updated Special Health Travel Advisory for Samoa (1 August 2022)

Guideline for Repatriation of Deceased Bodies


Greetings from the High Commissioner

Talofa Lava!

Soifua Manuia i le Paia ma Mamalu Maualuluga o Samoa o lo’o Ala’ala ma Papa’a’ao i Aotearoa

Kia Ora whanau and friends of Samoa in New Zealand

Samoa and New Zealand’s relationship dates back to 1914, at the beginning of World War 1, when New Zealand took over control of Samoa from Germany. Following WW1, New Zealand continued to Administer Samoa under a Mandate from the League of Nations (United Nations) until our independence in 1962. Samoa and New Zealand established diplomatic relations in 1962, which relations was further enhanced by the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between our two countries in August of the same year. This is the only such Treaty signed by either country, to date.

Several factors have contributed to the unique relationship between New Zealand and Samoa, including the many positive achievements of the rising Samoan ethnic population in Aotearoa. The increased presence of Samoans in the NZ Parliament as well as in Senior Positions of Government have also helped to secure avenues through which the interests of Samoans in New Zealand can be better heard and realised.

The bilateral relations between our two countries has been further amplified by New Zealand’s ongoing assistance to Samoa’s emergency needs as well as to our economic and social developments over the years. The frequent visits of high-ranking officials between our two countries have also helped in developing better understanding and appreciation of each country’s priorities and aspirations.

Samoa is committed to further develop and deepen the close relationship that we share with New Zealand, including those in the fields of trade, tourism, sports and culture.

Our Samoan people who have settled in this friendly land of Aotearoa, to seek opportunities to also help improve the lives of their families and communities back home in Samoa, will remain a source of pride to our Country as they continue to contribute to the development of our warm relations with New Zealand.

On behalf of the Samoan Government, I would like to thank the New Zealand Government and People for the opportunities given to our Samoan People. Thank you also to our other Development Partner Countries for their positive contributions to our country’s development over the years.

It is an honour and a privilege to serve as Samoa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, and in enhancing the warm relations between our two countries as well as Samoa’s relations with the other countries with Missions in Wellington especially in my position as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.


Leasi Papali’i T Scanlan
High Commissioner and Dean of Diplomatic Corps