In line with the Samoa Government State of Emergency Order for Coronavirus, all international travel to and from Samoa has ceased from Thursday, 26 March 2020, except in exceptional circumstances approved by Cabinet. The current Amended State of Emergency Order of 17 June 2020 can be viewed here (Samoan version / English version). Additional amendments were made to the Order which went into effect on 21 June, 25 June, 5 July, 28 July, 5 August and 6 August 2020, respectively.
The Government of Samoa has approved repatriation flights (Auckland – Apia) for returning Samoan residents stuck in New Zealand; the first flight commenced on 29 May 2020. Samoans, resident in New Zealand, are disallowed from travelling to Samoa for fa’alavelave (funerals, weddings, church/school openings etc) or to visit family, as priority is given to Samoan residents to return home safely.
To register your interest for a repatriation flight to Samoa, please contact the Samoa Consulate-General in Auckland via telephone number 09 303 1012.
Special Travel Advice and Information Paper for Travellers Entering Samoa (3 August 2020)
Press Release – Conditions of International Travel Under SOE (16 July 2020)
Press Release – Passenger Flights to Repatriate Samoan Nationals (20 May 2020)
Greetings from the High Commissioner
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