Time in Samoa

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Samoa uses UTC+13:00 as standard time. It observed daylight saving time from 2010 to 2021 [1] , which it observed during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2011, daylight saving time ended on Saturday, 2 April 2011, 04:00 local daylight time and started on Saturday, 24 September 2011, 03:00 local standard time. [2] Because it is located near the equator, Samoa traditionally did not observe daylight saving time. The introduction of daylight saving time was initially planned for 2009 but was postponed for one year in the aftermath of the 2009 Samoa tsunami. [3] [4]


As it is located just west of the International Date Line, Samoa is among the first places on earth to see each new day, along with Tonga, Tokelau (during standard time), and parts of Kiribati.

IANA time zone database

The IANA time zone database in the file zone.tab contains one zone for Samoa, named "Pacific/Apia".

2011 time zone change

Until the end of 2011, Samoa lay east of the International Date Line, observing UTC−11:00 (UTC−10:00 during daylight saving time). This was in line with neighboring American Samoa, which continues to observe UTC−11:00 (Samoa Time Zone) year-round. At the end of Thursday, 29 December 2011, Samoa continued directly to Saturday, 31 December 2011, skipping the entire calendar day of Friday, 30 December 2011 and effectively re-drawing the International Date Line. [5] Prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi stated that the change was intended to improve business with New Zealand, Australia, China, and other places in Asia. [6]

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UTC−11:00 Identifier for a time offset from UTC of −11

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Samoa observed daylight saving time in 2010–21. During DST, the observed time changes were from UTC+13:00 to UTC+14:00. Due to the 2009 Samoa tsunami, the planned introduction in 2009 was not carried out. At the time of its introduction on September 26, Samoa was in UTC-11:00 as its primary time zone and switched to UTC-10:00 under DST. On December 29, 2011, Samoa switched from UTC-10:00 to UTC+14:00, skipping the 30th and changing from -10/-11 to +14/+13. In 2021 Samoa scrapped daylight saving time.

Daylight saving time in Asia

As of 2017, daylight saving time is used in the following Asian countries:

Parts of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are areas of Oceania that currently observe daylight saving time (DST).

Tonga is a sovereign state in Polynesia that wholly utilises UTC+13:00 year round. Tonga does not currently observe daylight saving time, though they did in the Southern Hemisphere summers between 1992 and 2002 as well as the 2016—2017 summer, utilising UTC+14:00. UTC+14:00 is the earliest time zone on Earth and so, when using daylight saving time, Tonga was one of the first regions of Earth to bring in a new year. UTC+14:00 is also used by Samoa and Kiribati's Line Islands. Tonga currently shares a year-round time zone with Tokelau and the Phoenix Islands whilst Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa share Tonga's time seasonally. Tonga is west of the International Date Line (IDL) which deviates east from its standard course following the 180th meridian to roughly the 165th meridian west to traverse east of Tonga and other surrounding land.

Kiribati, a country in Oceania comprising 32 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, observes three time zones, ranging from UTC+12:00 to +14. Kiribati does not have an associated daylight saving time.

Time in Sudan is given by a single time zone, officially denoted as Central Africa Time. Sudan has observed CAT since 1 November 2017. Sudan has not observed daylight saving time since 14 October 1985.


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