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Lydwina Ni’o, Samoa Airways; and Sonny Rivers, Samoa Tourism Authority at last week's webinar Lydwina Ni’o, Samoa Airways; and Sonny Rivers, Samoa Tourism Authority at last week's webinar

Samoa ‘most likely’ to take only fully vaccinated clients

Samoa looks likely to welcome only vaccinated travellers once borders reopen, attendees at a Beautiful Samoa webinar heard last week.

The two Sheraton properties at the destination – Sheraton Hotel and Bungalows and Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, have already signalled that they will insist on proof of vaccination before entry to the properties.

Sonny Rivers, NZ sales and marketing representative with Samoa Tourism, says that the requirements have not been finalised by the government.

‘However, it is most likely that only fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed to visit Samoa.’

Lydwina Ni’o, regional manager Australia and New Zealand with Samoa Airways, says the carrier will ‘most probably’ insist on fully vaccinated passengers.

‘We have no cases of Covid in Samoa and we want it to stay that way.’

Ni’o says there will also be a requirement to show a negative test and fill in a questionnaire declaring no symptoms.

Meantime, Rivers confirmed that the vaccinations are progressing steadily in destination, with some 90,000 locals having received at least one dose and nearly 40,000 are fully vaccinated.

The Samoa Travel Tracer is also up and running and is available on Google Play and App Store.

The webinar also included a number of property updates. Anoa Resort has 12 new units, targeting mainly business travellers and couples.

Return to Paradise is working on four new beachfront villas to be completed by the end of the year.

Sea Breeze is renovating its swimming pool and has confirmed it will remain an adults-only resort on reopening.

Lava Hotel is the ‘new kid on the block’ and will soon release rates and cancellation policies.