Samoa will fully reopen to international visitors from August 1 and in the meantime receive weekly flights from Australia and New Zealand from June 1.
Flights from Fiji will be fortnightly while American Samoa arrivals will be daily.
“Flights between the two Samoa’s will start daily operations this month, conditional on the satisfaction of health requirements,” Prime Minister Fiame Mataafa announced earlier this week.
She said international travels would continue to operate on requirements approved earlier in May and gradually shift to daily flights from August.
“The monitoring of home isolation for arrivals is the prelude to the full opening of our borders. We have faced challenges in the effective monitoring of health measures for home isolation as were the experience over the last two weeks. However the message from government is clear for all travellers into Samoa -compliance with health measures is surety of the safety of families and loved ones.”
Samoa first closed international borders in March 2020 and reported its first community case of Covid-19 in March this year.
With a downward trend of new infections, Cabinet has approved changes to Samoa’s State of Emergency orders and the country has moved to Alert Level 1 from May 31 to June 28.
Per these orders, PCR tests continue for all arrivals, home isolation conditions are removed, schools reopen, and businesses can resume normal opening hours Monday to Sunday.