Frequently asked questions

Solomon Islands

Before Your Trip

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose in the Solomon Islands. Help support our Literacy League program by bringing books and library supplies to Solomon Islands. You can find our immediate needs here: www.solomonsdiving.com/pack-for-a-purpose. Please remove packaging from any products that you choose to bring to reduce the plastic waste in country.

Travel

Currently Solomon Islands borders are closed to tourists.

Visa and Passports
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay in Solomon Islands and you should carry an onward or return flight ticket.
Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada, and most other Western countries do not need a visa to enter the Solomon Islands. Upon arrival they will be issued with a visitor’s permit with 3 months validity.
We are happy to provide assistance with Solomon Islands visa applications for guests who need one. However, at least 8 weeks’ notice is required and a handling fee will be charged for this service in addition to the cost of the visa, regardless of the outcome of the application.
Transit via Australia
Guests travelling via Australia may need to apply for a transit or visitor’s visa before travelling, if the time between connecting flights is more than 8 hours, or if they wish to leave the airport during their transit period. To check which visa you may need, please refer to the visa section of the Australian Immigration website: www.immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit.
Australian visa applications can take up to 14 days to process.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the proper entry permits for your travels. We suggest referring to the IATA Travel Centre website for current visa requirements (including transit): www.iatatravelcentre.com/SB-Solomon-Isl.-passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm.
Proof of onward travel: You should be in possession of printed copy of a return or onward ticket.

No inoculations or vaccinations are required unless you are coming from or passing through contaminated areas. However, we strongly advise that you check with your nearest travel clinic for up to date information and recommendations. https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/199/solomon-islands
Please make sure you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to reduce the risk of Dengue Fever and other insect borne diseases as malaria. Solomon Islands are considered high-risk and anti-malarial should be considered.
If you are travelling with medication, please ensure to bring your physician’s prescription with you.Measles immunisation
With effect from 14th December 2019 all passengers entering the Solomon Islands are required to complete a health declaration form regarding immunisation against/exposure to measles. The forms will be made available at check-in counters and on board your flight.
From 28th December 2019, all visitors arriving in the Solomon Islands from measles-affected countries including American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji,Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines (including transit through these countries) will be required to provide certified proof of vaccination against measles at least 14 days prior to their date of arrival.
Please note: failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in being placed into a 21-day quarantine period on arrival in Solomon Islands, or deportation. The latest advisories from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services can be found on the Travel Advice page: https://botportal.blob.core.windows.net/pdf/solomons_measles_advisory_updated_13_dec_2019.pdf

Country Information

UTC+11

The official language is English. 74 languages are spoken in the country, with Pijin being the binding local language. The religion of Solomon Islanders is mainly Christian (comprising about 92% of the population). The main Christian denominations are: the Anglican Church of Melanesia 35%, Roman Catholic 19%, South Seas Evangelical Church 17%, United Church in Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands 11% and Seventh-day Adventist 10%. Another 5% of the population adhere to aboriginal beliefs.

he local currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD). Exchange services are available, including at Honiara International Airport. Larger hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants may accept Visa and Master Card for which a charge will likely be levied, but not always so always check first.

The coverage is very limited in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands have an equatorial climate and weather is roughly divided into two seasons. There is more rainfall from November to April, however, the area is not monsoonal and so poor weather usually blows through very quickly. Temperature changes only very slightly throughout the year with the average daytime temperature being around 27°C (81°F). While evenings are generally also quite warm we would always advise guests to bring warm clothing for the cooler evenings just in case.

Generally, medical care in Solomon Islands is very basic and medical supplies are limited. There are around 8 hospitals, of which the best one is the National Referral Hospital located in Honiara. Moreover, a few church-funded medical facilities, nurse-stations and the like can be found on several islands.

In case of a dive emergency, there is a hyperbaric chamber in Honiara. However, it is manned by volunteers and not always available. The nearest reliable recompression chamber is about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) away in Townsville, Australia.

During Your Trip

Water temperature will be in the comfortable 28ºC - 30ºC (82ºF to 85ºF) range all year round. Recommended are a 3mm or 5mm full wetsuit.

The power onboard is 220V with Australian plugs. There is a limited number of adapters so we advise your bring you own.

There will be almost no cover during your trip and you should expect to be out of reach for the majority of the trip. There is a satellite phone onboard for emergencies.

Due to local banking restrictions we accept cash payment on board Solomons PNG Master in only USD and AUD. We accept Visa and Master card for payments on board and crew tips, though please note that there is a 3% fee on credit card payments. If paying in cash, guests are advised to bring enough USD (or equivalent currency) for any optional extras and tips.