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Apia, Samoa

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Road Conditions and Safety:

  • Urban roads in Apia and the main roads circumnavigating and crossing the island are generally kept in fair condition, although bumps and potholes are common.
  • Side streets tend to be gravel or dirt and their condition varies considerably, particularly during the rainy season when ruts and bumps develop.
  • Roads outside Apia are often narrow, winding, relatively steep, with narrow or no shoulders, and poorly lighted.
  • Pedestrians as well as vehicles and livestock regularly travel these roads.
  • Due to poor and deteriorating road conditions, night driving on unlit rural roads can be dangerous and should be avoided if possible.
  • Roads in Samoa often traverse small streams.
  • You should exercise extreme caution when fording these streams, which can become swollen and dangerous with little warning.
  • Vehicles should never enter a stream if the roadbed is not visible or if the water?s depth is more than the vehicle?s clearance.

Traffic Laws:

  • Traffic travels on the left in Samoa, and you should exercise extra caution if you are accustomed to driving on the right.
  • Some vehicles in Samoa have left-hand drive steering systems, including rental vehicles and public transportation.
  • There are a few significant differences in the ?rules of the road? in Samoa as compared to the United States (e.g., meeting situation at an intersection).
  • Drivers should familiarize themselves with operating requirements and local traffic laws before operating a vehicle in Samoa.

Public Transportation:

  • Taxis are widely available and used by Samoans and visitors alike.
  • Some taxis are unlicensed, so you should use care in choosing a taxi and driver.
  • Buses are slow, crowded, uncomfortable, undependable, and rarely used by visitors.
  • You can use rental cars but be aware that limited roadside assistance is available.
  • Most major roads are tar-sealed, but secondary roads are predominantly dirt and gravel and may be rough and/or overgrown with vegetation.
  • A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended for travel on secondary roads.
  • You should be aware that vehicle safety regulations are rarely enforced, and traffic violations occur routinely.
  • See our Road Safety page for more information.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Visit the website of the Samoa Tourism Authority for road safety information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: he U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Samoa?s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Samoa?s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Samoa should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings.

Apia, Samoa
Apia, Samoa
Apia, Samoa
Apia, Samoa

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