BORDER SERVICES
MEETING US AT THE BORDERS

Any aircraft or vessel departing or arriving at any regulated port shall be attended to by Immigration officers for travel document screening on the spot. The process employs the first come first serve principle using the queuing system. Signs have been placed above the Immigration counters for public direction.

We are willing to give special treatment to:

  • Old age passengers
  • Mothers with babies
  • Disabilities and those requiring medical assistance
  • Members of Diplomatic missions
  • Special Ministerial cases

An officer will be available to provide assistance to passengers. Arrival and Declaration Cards will also be provided either by Airline/Shipping Agent or by Immigration Officers at Arrival Booths.

 

CITIZENSHIP SERVICES

Under the Citizenship Act 2004 Samoan citizenship can be acquired in four ways:

  1. By Birth: any person born in Samoa shall be a citizen of Samoa provided that at the time of the person’s birth at least one parent is a Samoan citizen
  2. By Descent: any person born outside of Samoa shall be a citizen of Samoa by descent provided that at the time of the person’s birth at least one parent is:
    • a Samoan citizen other than by Descent, or
    • a citizen by Descent where their parent has resided in Samoa for a period of 3 years or more at the time of the birth of the applicant (the residence does not have to be continuous)
  3. By Permanent Residence: an alien who has held a valid Samoan permanent residence permit for 5 years may apply to be registered as a Samoan citizen.
  4. By Marriage:
    • Any person being an alien may apply to be registered as a citizen of Samoa by marriage to a Samoan citizen
    • Provided that the person has been married to and residing with the person's husband or wife in Samoa or elsewhere for a period of 5 years
PASSPORT SERVICES

Applications for Samoan passports require 5 working days to process. A non-refundable fee is payable for the passport service.
Our objective is to make the process of obtaining a passport as simple as possible. To assist us in this objective we require your
cooperation in providing full details of the names you may legally use and the supporting documents appropriate to your circumstances.
Only SAMOAN CITIZENS are eligible for a Samoan passport.

 

To apply for a Samoan passport:

  • Applicants must complete and sign a passport application form
  • Original or certified copies of appropriate supporting documents must be enclosed in the application (refer Section D Checklist)
  • For children (under 16 years of age), Section C "Consent Form" must be completed, and written consent from either parents or legal guardian must be provided.
  • Lodge your completed application at:
  • Two passport-sized photos of the applicant must be enclosed. The person who certifies your identity must endorse the back of one photo.
  • All fees as noted in the Fees Schedule must be enclosed. All are non-refundable.

 

PERMITS SERVICES
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE INFORMATION

Temporary Residence in Samoa can be issued for the following purposes:

  • Business and investment
  • Employment
  • Study or academic research
  • Cultural or religious purposes
  • Family reunion or support purposes
FEES
As of 9TH OCTOBER 2017, the following Immigration fees are now effective:
Fees for Citizenship
Citizenship by BirthSAT$60
Citizenship by DescentSAT$150
Citizenship by Permanent ResidenceSAT$5400
Citizenship by MarriageSAT$5400
Certification of citizenshipSAT$150
Re-printSAT$75
Provision of a certified copy of citizenshipSAT$150
Certificate of declaration of citizenship renunciationSAT$3200
Application for review of Decision to refuse CitizenshipSAT$1500
Fees for Passports
Adult - Normal process (5 working days)SAT$250
Adult - Urgent process (2 working days)SAT$300
Adult - Lost or damaged passport (normal process)SAT$500
Adult - Lost or damaged passport (urgent process)SAT$550
Child - Normal process (5 working days)SAT$125
Child - Urgent process (2 working days)SAT$175
Child - Lost or damaged passport (normal process)SAT$250
Child - Lost or damaged passport (urgent process)SAT$300
NB: Child is 16 years old or younger.
ENDORSEMENTS
Matai names/married namesSAT$60
Renewals (emergency only)SAT$60
Fees for Identity Documents
DOCUMENT OF IDENTITY
Standard process (2 working days)SAT$100
Urgent process (same working day)SAT$150
Replacement for lost or damaged DOI, where DOI is still valid (standard process)SAT$150
Urgent replacement for lost or damaged DOI, where DOI is still valid (urgent process)SAT$200
CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY
Standard process - 1 day for Samoan citizenSAT$60
Standard process - 1 day for Non-citizenSAT$200
Fees for Permits
ENTRY PERMITS
VisitorSAT$200
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMITS
Conduct of Business in SamoaMain applicant
[Application lodged outside Samoa]
SAT$900
Main applicant
[Application lodged in Samoa]
SAT$1800
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$450
EmploymentMain applicant
[Application lodged outside Samoa]
SAT$900
Main applicant
[Application lodged in Samoa]
SAT$1800
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$450
Study in SamoaMain applicantSAT$350
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$200
Academic or scientific researchMain applicantSAT$1200
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$450
Cultural or religious purposesMain applicantSAT$300
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$200
Family reunion/support purposeSAT$200
Purpose approved by the Minister with feesMain applicantSAT$300
Fee per dependent of main applicantSAT$150
PERMANENT RESIDENT PERMITS
Adult SAT$3200
Children (under 18 years)SAT$1100
Connection by bloodSAT$550
Application of reviewSAT$300
Reissue/endorsementSAT$150
OverstayerSAT$300
Urgent feeSAT$100
Fees for Authorization Letters
One way travelSamoan citizen
Non-citizen
SAT$50
SAT$100
Confirmation for 60 days travelSamoan citizen
Non-citizen

SAT$100
Confirmation of travel document and movementSamoan citizen
Non-citizen
SAT$10
SAT$50
IMMIGRATION FORMS

This page is currently under construction.

 

Watch this space.

For urgent form requirements, please come see us at:

SAMOA IMMIGRATION

LEVEL 1, FMFMII GOVERNMENT BUILDING

ELEELE FOU,

APIA

 

Or email us at immigration@mpmc.gov.ws.

 

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