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Category: Uncategorised Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 Written by Super User

International yachts entering Samoa waters are considered to be of a high biosecurity risk and are closely monitored by Quarantine. Hence it is important for yacht owners to be aware of the clearance procedures for yachts and other vessels


Quarantine clearance procedures

The master or captain of the yacht must declare to Quarantine the following:

Last port destination and the estimated time of arrival of the vessel

Its immediate preceding port or place of call

The proposed itinerary of the vessel until it leaves Samoa

The presence of any live animal or live plant on the vessel

Any other matter relevant to facilitating biosecurity landing clearance of the yachts that is specified by Quarantine

This above declaration must be made at least 24 hours before the estimated time of arrival.

The vessel master must complete a Master’s Declaration Form declaring all biosecurity risk items on board that are either restricted or prohibited.


Items to declare include:

Foods (tinned/packed), including meat, sausages, salami, ham, poultry, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, honey etc;

Plants or parts of plants (live or dead) including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, bulbs, flowers (fresh or dry), mushrooms, straw, bamboo or any other articles made of plant materials;

Animal products including feathers, fur/skin, shells, hatching eggs.

Animals, reptiles, fish, birds (or parts thereof), alive or dead, stuffed or mounted;

Soil or equipment used with animals of any kind or that has come in contact with soil;

Biological specimens including vaccine cultures, blood or any other biological specimen; and

Domesticated pets to be bonded and kept on board the vessel at all times (cats/dogs/birds etc).

Some of these items will not be permitted to be kept aboard the yacht for the duration of the visit in Samoa. What is allowed to stay aboard will be at the discretion of the Quarantine officer at the time of inspection, depending on the risk they represent.

The yachtmaster should also ensure that no refuse containing any animal, plant, animal product or plant product is discharged from the yacht into the sea while the yacht is in Samoa. All refuse generated on the vessel is placed in a suitable leak-proof container, with a lid, and the container is securely fastened at all times and kept aboard the yacht. The refuse can only be removed from the yachts under the directions of the Quarantine Officer.

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