The rate being offered at present is in the region of 1.82tala to NZD$1 The NZD is riding higher than that but this is what the Central Bank in Samoa is setting the rate at.
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Thanks for that wasn't too sure which was best this, will be our first visit to Samoa
Never, ever exchange money with Travelex prior to leaving your country, they are a giant rip off and con and should be outlawed.
Get Rid of Your Talas --- Because the Samoan tala is virtually worthless outside the independent nation of Samoa (and that includes American Samoa), don't buy any before you get here. Be sure to change your leftover talas back to another currency before leaving Samoa. Use them to pay your hotel bill or change them at the airports.
The bell captain's desk at Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows also has brochures and other information.
It always works out better value to exchange once you get to Samoa. Make your cash withdrawal frm your ATM in NZ to avoid bank fees then make a cash xchange at Faleolo Airport. The xchange booths are ALWAYS open no matter what time you fly in. You will find them to your right as you make your way to baggage claim. Western union usually has a better rate than the ANZ or Westpac booths. You can also use any ANZ or Westpac ATM in Samoa.
Central Bank: Central Bank of Samoa Website: http://www.cbs.gov.ws/
So if you're not staying long and not taking that much it's a great idea.
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It's very simple to change money at the airport right by the baggage carousel - there's Westpac and Western Union. I'd recommend that.
The friendly staff of the Samoa Tourism Authority, P.O. Box 2272, Apia, Samoa (tel. 63-500; fax 20-886; www.samoa.travel), have free brochures, maps, and other publications available at their office in a handsome Samoan fale on the harbor side of Beach Road, east of the Town Clock. The bureau is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 8am to noon.
We still use travellers cheques when going to vanuatu. You get a higher rate than exchanging cash. I have looked into the travelex cards and find that there are too many fees associated with them as with withdrawing from an atm in another country.
Taking cash into Samoa is a good idea but be aware of what you allowed to take from Australia (no more than $10,000) and into Samoa (10,000 tala which equates to around $AU4,500).
There is a Western Union counter at the airport also. The last time I visited Samoa in December, it was inside the customs hall. If you change your money there, it will ensure you have cash for taxis, buses etc to get to Apia.
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Thanks very much for the insightful and helpful information. I'll definately go to a Western Union when in Apia.
Does anyone know what the current rate of exchange is at Samoa airport please?
Never use Travelex at any airport for any currency exchange, apart from possibly giving you the wrong notes they are a major rip off.
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Do western union in apia accept travellers cheques still?
I'd like some advice for taking and converting money form Australian dollars to Samoan Tala. As traveller's cheque's are a thing of the past and ATM fees are normally ridiculous, does anyone have suggestions ?
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I'm pretty sure WU will exchange Traveller's cheques but I would email them first and ask., the only way I can find of contacting them in Apia is through Jasons on this link - jasons.com/samoa/upolu/apia/western-union.
I was thinking taking Australian currency and just exchanging it in Apia.
Deb is right. Western Union definitely has the best deal over the Westpac and ANZ banks.
Credit Cards -- American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Diner's Club credit cards are accepted by the major hotels and car-rental firms, and many restaurants accept MasterCard and Visa. Discover cards are not accepted. When traveling outside Apia and to Savai'i, you should carry enough cash to cover your anticipated expenses.
When you do exchange make sure you got to a Western Union office (there are three in Apia) rather than a bank, WU give a much higher rate, sometimes 20 cents in the dollar higher. I haven't checked the rate lately but I would say it is sitting at around $2.20 tala + to the Aussie $.
If you are exchanging nz to tala in nz be aware an exchange place at akld airport gave some visitors on Saturday old red 100 tala notes, they are not valid any more.
The banks also have offices in the baggage claim area at Faleolo Airport, which are open when international flights arrive and depart, and there's an ATM outside in the main concourse.
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Money Of Samoa
Samoa uses the tala (pronounced tah-lah; the Samoans' way of saying dollar), which is broken down into 100 sene (cents). Although many people will refer to them as dollars and cents when speaking to visitors, you can avoid potential confusion by making sure they mean Samoan talas, not U.S. dollars. The banks use both WST and SAT for the tala, but I have used S$ here. Samoa's major hotels and some other firms quote their prices in U.S. dollars. U.S. dollar prices are given in this guide as US$.
Is it better to change money in NZ before arriving in Samoa or wait until
Except for American Samoans, who must get a permit and pay a fee, no visa or entry permit is required for visitors who intend to stay 60 days or less and who have a valid passport, a return or ongoing airline ticket, and a place to stay in Samoa. Those who want to stay longer must apply, before arrival, to the Immigration Office, Government of Samoa, P.O. Box 1861, Apia, Samoa (tel. 20-291; www.samoaimmigration.gov.ws).
Western Union has USD2.16 to 1 tala. What currency will you be using? Western Union historically exchanges at a higher rate than banks or other outlets.
An ATM fee in another country is usually $5 for 1 transaction so if you do end up going that way make sure you take out large amounts at a time.