Samoa passport ranking
The Samoan passport currently ranks on the 39th place according to the Guide visa index. The ranking has consistently improved from the 57th rank in 2012 to the current ranking. It provides visa-free access to 131 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score. Samoan passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to destinations such as Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities worldwide. Samoan citizens require a visa to enter about 95 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are Taiwan, the United States and Australia.
The Independent State of Samoa is a Polynesian island country with 11 administrative divisions. The most important ones are Tuamasaga, A’na and Aidga-i-le-Tai. The country is situated in Oceania between New Zealand and Hawaii, with a surface area of 2,842 square kilometers. The nation consists of two main islands and several smaller islands. Samoa’s terrain consists of volcanic mountains and narrow coastal plains. Its climate is tropical with a dry season from May to October and a rainy season from November to April.
The overall population is approximately 202,506 people. The capital of the country is Apia, which is also the most populous city with around 40,000 inhabitants. Other important cities are Asau and Mulifanua. The country’s largest and only international airport is Faleolo International Airport (APW). The airport provides access to destinations in Australia, United States and within the region.
Samoa is dominated by ancient 3000-year-old Fa’a Samoan traditions with only little influence from its European colonizers. The highest percentage religion is Protestantism. The official languages are Samoan and English. The Samoan legal system is a mix between the English common law and customary law. The government form is a parliamentary republic. The chef of state is the elected President Tuimaleali’Ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II. The head of government is Prime Minister Tuila’Epa Lupesoliai Sailele. Elections are held every 5 years.
The official currency is the Samoan tala (WST), which has a current exchange rate of WST 2.5 per USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1.1 billion, making it the 6th largest economy in Oceania. Its citizens have a per capita income of $5,962. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and industry sector. Agriculture is still extremely important accounting to over 90% of the exports with products such as fish, coconut oil and taro. Tourism is a developing sector already covering 25% of the GDP.
Samoa is filled with a variety of natural tourism attractions. It is known for its vast beaches, nature and Samoan traditions. Some of the major destinations include the capital Apia, the Dwarves Cave, the Papaseea Sliding Rocks, Lake Lanoto National park, the Alofaaga Blowholes and Saleaula Lava Fields. The main tourist activities are fishing, scuba diving, watersports, surfing and hiking. The island nation has a total of approximately 164,000 tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from New Zealand, Australia and an increasing number from Europe.