Tala or Samoa Dollar (WST; symbol St$) = 100 sene. Notes are in denominations of St$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of St$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 sene.
American Express, Cirrus, MasterCard and Visa are accepted on a limited basis. ATMs are located in and around Apia and on Savai'i.
ATMs are located in and around Apia and on Savai'i.
Accepted in major hotels, banks and tourist shops. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
Mon-Fri 0900-1500; some banks open Sat 0900-1200 and may have slightly longer opening hours.
There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currencies. The import of local currency is unlimited but the export of local currency is prohibited.
Available at the airport or through banks. There are four banks in Samoa: ANZ Bank Samoa Ltd, the National Bank of Samoa, Samoa Commercial Bank and Westpac.
The following items may be imported into Samoa by persons of 16 years of age or more without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of cigars or tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol.
• Other goods up to the value of St250.
Firearms, ammunition and drugs. You may only import live animals and plants (including seeds, fruit, soil, etc) with prior permission from the Director of Agriculture.
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