Before Your Trip
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 specific vaccinations are required unless you are coming from or passing through contaminated areas (see details below). However, malaria and other tropical disease are present in the Solomon Islands so preventative measures are advised. Solomon Islands are considered high-risk and anti-malarial should be considered.
Please note: Some malaria prevention medications including mefloquine (brand name Lariam) have side effects which can mimic decompression sickness.
We strongly advise that you ensure standard vaccinations (MMR, Tetanus, Polio, etc.) are up-to-date and that you check with your nearest travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip for the latest information and recommendations.
We recommend using insect repellent and covering exposed skin to reduce the risk of Dengue Fever and other insect borne diseases, including malaria.
If you are travelling with medication, please bring a copy of your physician’s prescription with you.
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.
Visitors arriving in the Solomon Islands from measles-affected countries including Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines (including transit through these countries) are 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.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from at risk countries in Africa and the Americas.
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
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.