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Money and duty free for Samoa

Currency and Money

Currency information

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.

Credit cards

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.

Travellers cheques

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.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1500; some banks open Sat 0900-1200 and may have slightly longer opening hours.

Currency restrictions

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.

Currency exchange

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.

Samoa duty free


The following items may be imported into Samoa by persons of 21 years of age or more without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes and 250g of tobacco products.
• 2.25L of alcoholic drinks.
• Other goods up to the value of St500.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include pornography, illicit drugs and copyright- or trademark-infringing materials.

Restricted imports include firearms, ammunition, fireworks and endangered species. To import these, you must obtain a permit from the relevant authorities.

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