All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot. You are also advised to acquire vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid.
The islands of Samoa are quite safe, with a low level of crime. Tourists are still urged to remain cautious of their surroundings.
Tips on how to stay safe and respectful in Samoa:
• Be aware of dogs on the streets as they are known to roam the town of Apia and can be quite aggressive.
• Do not walk alone at night.
• Take care when swimming as tidal changes can be dangerous.
• Sundays are quite reserved in Samoa. In some remote villages, people are advised from swimming on Sunday.
• Dress modestly when entering the village (t-shirt and sarong will do).
• Do not point your feet at others when sitting inside a *fale *with locals.
• Ask before taking any photos.