Solomon Islands Travel Information
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities
have implemented measures for visitors, among other
things. a. Entry restrictions. It is per. March 26 at
00:00 introduced entry and exit bans (with some
exceptions). For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
It is considered relatively safe to travel to the
Solomon Islands, but increased incidence of theft and
violence means that extra precautions should be taken.
Traveling outside Honiara, Gizo and Auki may involve
extra risk, and travel to poor, remote areas and
settlements should be avoided due to high risk of crime.
There is no Norwegian foreign service station in the
The risk of terrorist incidents in the Solomon
Islands is considered low.
Offensive language is prohibited and may result in
fines and/or imprisonment. Homosexual activity is
prohibited and can be prosecuted. Normal reservations
There is left-hand traffic on the Solomon Islands.
The road standard is low. Driving in the affected state
One is required to remain on the scene until the
police arrive should an accident occur, but beware if a
crowd starts to gather and proceed to the nearest police
station if the situation feels threatening.
Buses are available in the Solomon Islands, but are
not recommended due to low safety standards. Likewise,
there are varying safety standards on ferries passing
between the islands.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods occur in
the Solomon Islands. Tropical cyclones occur in the
eastern part of the archipelago from November to May.
The National Disaster Management Office sends tsunami
and cyclone alerts. Savo Island northwest of Honiara is
a cyclically active volcano.
- Countryaah: Honiara is the capital
of Solomon Islands. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in the Solomon Islands are encouraged to
register on reiseregistrering.no.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 911, fire 988,
In case of crisis or emergency, you can contact the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour operating center on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Due to the prevalence of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV),
the Solomon Islands authorities have implemented
measures worth noting before traveling to the Solomon
Islands. The new measures are as follows:
- All travelers to Solomon Islands can be checked
for body temperature upon arrival.
- Travelers who have been to China for the last 15
days prior to arrival Solomon Islands must report to
the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Public
Health Emergency and Surveillance Unit at +677 23650
if they experience symptoms such as breathing
problems, fever and cough.
- Travelers who have been to China for the last 15
days before arrival in the Solomon Islands and who
have symptoms, such as fever and cough, with or
without breathing problems will be isolated and
examined for 2019-nCoV infection.
Vessels and aircraft arriving in the Solomon Islands
are required to report any sick passengers on board.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to enter the
Solomon Islands. A visitor's permit will be issued upon
arrival. The visitor's permit is free up to three
months. A fee is payable on extension up to six months.
Passports must be valid for at least six months after
the departure date and a valid exit ticket is required.
Only passports are accepted as identification
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid. It is recommended to check
in advance if it is allowed to visit islands and
Please note that from December 14, 2019 there is a
requirement to fill out a health declaration on arrival.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
spread of the virus, the authorities of March 22 have
introduced entry denial for foreign nationals (with some
exceptions). Information on the measures can be read on
the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website. It
is the authorities of the Solomon Islands who are
responsible for updating the websites.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the Solomon
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The health services in the Solomon Islands consist of
national hospitals, district hospitals, health centers
and health posts. The quality and availability of these
varies, both due to poor economy and the destruction of
cyclones and other natural disasters.
There is no danger of yellow fever in the Solomon
Islands, but proof of yellow fever vaccine is required
if arriving from a country at risk of yellow fever.
Norway is not such a country. See this list for yellow
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends vaccines against malaria, hepatitis A and
typhoid before entering the Solomon Islands. See
Travelers' health for more information.
Due to outbreaks of measles in some countries in the
Pacific region, proof of measles vaccine (dated at least
two weeks prior to arrival) is required if arriving from
a country at risk of measles (including visitors in
transit). This requirement is valid from December 28,
English is the official language of the Solomon
Islands. Salomon pidgin is the most common language and
is a mixture of Melanesian and English.
The Solomon Dollar is the official currency. ATMs are
available in Honiara and credit cards are accepted in
most places in the city. Credit cards are less widely
accepted elsewhere. Travelers checks should be in
Australian dollars or British Pounds to avoid any
additional exchange fees.
Solomon Islands is nine hours ahead of Norway.
The area code for calls from Norway to Solomon
Islands is +677. The telephone network is stable and
there is widespread internet in Honaria and in most
regional centers. The Internet domain is.sb.
Normal opening hours are from 10am. 08:00 - 16:30
Monday to Friday and 09:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays. Banks
have opening hours 08:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday and
09:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays.
220/240 volts is standard for electrical outlets.
Tipping is not expected.
The temperature in the Solomon Islands averages 29
degrees. There is most rainfall from the middle of May
Public Holidays: January 1 - First New Year, February
25 - Founding Day of Choiseul Province, Good Friday, 2nd
Easter Day, Pentecost Monday, June 2 - Founding Day of
Isabel Province, June 8 - Founding Day of Temotu
Province, Second Monday of June - Queen's Birthday, June
29 - Central Province Founding Day, July 7 - Liberation
Day, July 20 - Rennel and Bellona Province Founding Day,
August 1 - Guadalcanal Province Founding Day, August 3 -
Makira Ulawa Province Founding Day, August 15 - Malaita
province's founding day, November 28 - Thanksgiving,
December 25 - Jul.