A group of volunteers before their country induction in Samoa.

Samoa Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights, and visas for your trip to Samoa

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visa queries to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in Samoa. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airport and pickup in Samoa

Upon arrival at Faleolo International Airport (APW) in Apia, you will be met by a friendly Projects Abroad staff member. Together you’ll travel by taxi to your host family, where you can unpack and relax. It’s around a forty minute drive from the airport to the Apia’s city centre, where our local offices are based.  


The cost of your airport transfers is included in your project fee.

Booking your flights to Samoa with us

Projects Abroad has over 20 years of experience arranging flights for thousands of volunteers around the world. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. Let us do the work for you!


We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options, no matter how complex your travel plans. Find out more about booking your flights through us.

Visas requirements for your volunteer project or internship in Samoa

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.


Upon arrival in Samoa, you will be issued with a 60 day Visitor’s Permit. If you’re staying for longer than 60 days, you will need to apply for a visa extension in-country. This can be done in Apia, and will cost around 80 USD.

Your induction and orientation in Samoa

Our local staff will be there to provide plenty of support and help you settle in to your new home. You’ll be given a tour of the surrounding area, and taken to buy a local SIM card or exchange money. Our staff will also explain how to use the public transport.


You’ll get to visit our local offices, and find out more about how our projects in Samoa are run. We will also give you an induction pack, which contains useful information such as maps and contact details.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in Samoa

We ensure that you are fully prepared for life at your volunteer placement. That’s why you’ll spend your first day getting shown around and meeting the staff you’ll be working with. It’s only on your second day that your project work begins.


Our staff will also accompany you from your accommodation to your work placement on your first day, so that you learn the way.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.