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The Samoan tala is a currency used in the Oceanic nation of Samoa. One Samoan tala can be divided into 100 seniti. The names are Samoan pronunciations of English dollar and cent.

Tala or Samoa Dollar (WST; symbol St$) = 100 sene. Notes are in denominations of St$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of St$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 sene.

Government regulations forbid bringing Samoan tala outside of Samoa, so you will not be able to obtain any Tala prior to your arrival in Samoa. Although there is a bureau de change at the airport, you should find that you get a better rate at the Bank of Western Samoa in Apia.

Banks are generally open from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Wednesday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday and Friday.

Most of the ATM machines are located in and around Apia, with one located on Savaii. Overseas travellers can use their credit cards in the ATMs, but you need a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to withdraw cash.

Tipping is not compulsory in Samoa, but is acceptable, especially for excellent service. A small gift is welcomed just as much as a monetary tip.

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