Solomon IslandsOfficial Name: Solomon Islands
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
Currency equivalent to 50,000 SBD or more must declared.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Currency equivalent to 50,000 SBD or more must declared.
Embassies and Consulates
Courier Service Address: Douglas Street, adjacent to the Bank of Papua New Guinea,
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Mailing Address: PO Box 1492, Port Moresby, N.C.D. 121, Papua New Guinea
Telephone: +(675) 321-1455
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(675) 7200-9439
U.S. Consular Agent - Honiara
Commonwealth Avenue, Point Cruz
Telephone: +(677) 23426 or +(677) 98367
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(677) 94731
Fax: +(677) 27429
The Solomon Islands form an archipelago in the Southwest Pacific Ocean approximately 1,200 miles northeast of Australia. The capital, Honiara, is located on the Island of Guadalcanal. Solomon Islands is a parliamentary democracy within the British Commonwealth. Tourism facilities are limited, particularly outside of Honiara. Read the Department of State Fact Sheet for additional information on U.S. – Solomon Islands relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Solomon Islands for tourism purposes. Visitor permits for 42 days are granted upon arrival at Henderson International Airport in Honiara, and you may enter any number of times as long as your total time in Solomon Islands does not exceed 90 days in a 12-month period. If you arrive on a one-way airline ticket, you must have documentation stating your business; this includes a work permit if you’re going to work in Solomon Islands. In all cases, you must also have a valid passport, an onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds. You may be denied boarding at check-in or turned around upon arrival in Honiara if your documents are not in order. The Solomon Islands’ government strictly enforces immigration laws, and you may face fines and other penalties if you remain in the country beyond the authorized period of stay.
If you plan to arrive on a yacht, apply for a visitor’s permit by visiting the Solomon Island Immigration website, and then visit the nearest immigration office to complete arrival forms.
If you arrive in Solomon Islands by plane but plan to depart by yacht, you must apply for a visitor’s permit before you arrive in Solomon Islands by contacting the Immigration Division. See website above. The application should state your arrival date, the vessel name and registration details, the vessel’s arrival date, and the approximate time you will spend in Solomon Islands. It should also request entry on a one-way (arrival only) airline ticket. The Immigration Division will issue a permit to be presented at airline check-in. If you do not have this permit, you may be denied boarding. Please allow at least four weeks for the permit to be issued.
For more information about entry requirements, please contact the Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands to the United Nations at 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400L, New York, NY 10017-4709; Tel: (212) 599-6192 or 6193 or visit the Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands to the United Nations website. If you anticipate the possibility of transiting or visiting Australia we advise you to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for Australia before leaving the United States.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Solomon Islands. According to the Solomon Islands Immigration Act, an immigration officer can bar you from entering the country or deport you if you refuse to submit to an examination by a government medical officer after being required to do so.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
Acts of political violence and civil unrest sometimes occur in Solomon Islands and may coincide with Parliamentary sessions and court cases. Civil unrest can also occur at sporting or cultural events that attract large crowds, especially if alcohol is involved.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Twitter and visiting the Embassy’s website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: Petty theft is common in some parts of Solomon Islands, so take extra care while walking the streets, going to the market, or going out at night. Guided or group tours are generally safer than traveling alone. Landowners may demand money if you enter their land without permission. Home invasions, burglaries, and violent crime typically increase in the months approaching the Christmas holiday season.
Gang-based criminal activity has increased in and around the Burns Creek area in East Honiara and in the Borderline area, which is close to the Japanese WWII memorial. You should not go alone to the Japanese memorial. Use caution when shopping in the central market area, as purse and mobile phone snatching is common. Police have established a post at the market area where you can report crimes.
There are incidents of yacht-related robberies, usually occurring at night while occupants are asleep. Most criminals are not deterred even when boats are anchored off-shore.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or Consular Agency. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Solomon Islands is “999”. Other emergency numbers are “911” for Ambulance and Hospital, “955” for National Disaster, and “988” for Fire.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in the Solomon Islands, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from those in the United States. Persons violating Solomon Island laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. In the Solomon Islands, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs could land you immediately in jail. If you break local laws in the Solomon Islands, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted in the United States for engaging in sexual conduct with children or for using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country regardless of the legality of these activities under that country’s laws. Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in the United States and if you purchase them in a foreign country, you may be breaking local law as well.
Arrest notifications in host country: While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or consular agency if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in that country, others may not. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or consular agency as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.
Customs information: Solomon Islands' customs authorities enforce strict regulations for importing or exporting firearms and ammunition, sexually explicit material, and certain prescription drugs to or from Solomon Islands. Other items may be subject to quarantine regulations or import duty. The Solomon Islands' government prohibits the export of military artifacts from World War II. Contact the Solomon Islands' Mission to the United Nations for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Natural disasters: Solomon Islands lie in the South Pacific cyclonic trajectory and are vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and sudden tidal movements. The Pacific cyclone season extends from November through March. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Recreational Diving: Thousands of visitors participate in recreational dives each year in the Solomon Islands. However, diving is a dangerous activity, and medical assistance is often hours or even days away from diving sites. We suggest the following tips for visitors who plan to dive while in the Solomon Islands:
- Verify that your dive operator is currently certified through one of the international diving associations (PADI, NAUI, BSAC, CMAS, etc.), and
- Rental equipment is in good working condition , with up-to-date inspection stamps, and
- Equipment fits properly.
- Postpone or cancel diving activity if any equipment is faulty.
- Preferably, remain in pairs or in a group that includes a Dive Guide.
- Determine your level of training before engaging in deep water or wreck dives.
Confirm that dive operators have adequate onsite emergency equipment and diver-recall systems. The nearest hyperbaric chamber might be hours away, or require a plane flight. Please report any unsafe conditions or diving practices to either the certifying diving association or the local authorities.
Scuba diving in the Solomon Islands: The only hyperbaric facility is located in the capital city of Honiara, far from some of the more remote dive sites. Due to the high costs for decompression services and associated emergency transportation, divers are strongly advised to obtain adequate medical evacuation and diver’s insurance.
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: While same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Solomon Islands, there are no known incidents of the prosecution, targeting, or harassment of consenting same-sex adults. We recommend that you avoid public displays of affection, which could be categorized by the Solomon Islands penal code as an act of gross indecency, a felony, liable to imprisonment for five years. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in the Solomon Islands you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in the Solomon Islands, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. There is no law or national policy on persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities, and no legislation mandates access to buildings for such individuals. In practice, very few buildings are accessible to persons with disabilities.
The road network in Solomon Islands is in poor condition, and foot paths and road crossings in most major towns are congested. Open drainage systems in downtown Honiara limit access and movement for people with disabilities.
Hospitals and pharmacies in Solomon Islands are very basic and limited to populated areas and religious missions. The nearest reliable medical facilities are in Australia or New Zealand. There is only one hyperbaric recompression chamber in Solomon Islands. It is in Honiara at the In-the-Zone Medical Centre, phone (677) 23485 or (677) 23482. Medical conditions resulting from diving accidents may require medical evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. Serious medical treatment requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to Australia, New Zealand, or the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. If you anticipate the possible need for medical treatment in Australia, obtain entry permission for Australia in advance. We strongly advise you to have travel and medical insurance in place before you arrive in Solomon Islands.
Malaria occurs throughout the year in most areas of Solomon Islands. Seek medical advice on taking prophylaxis against malaria and use an insect repellent at all times. Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever occur from time to time. For information on dengue fever, see the World Health Organization Factsheet. Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic, and other infectious diseases (including hepatitis, tuberculosis, filariasis, and sexually transmitted infections) are prevalent, with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before travelling. We advise you to boil all drinking water or drink bottled water, and avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food. Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhea.
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in the Solomon Islands, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Solomon Islands is provided for general reference only and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Traffic in Solomon Islands moves on the left side of the road. Paved roads are found only in and around Honiara. These two-lane paved roads are poorly marked and have many potholes. Roads are not well lit at night. The remaining roads in Solomon Islands are made of coral or gravel or are dirt tracks. Be careful when driving off main roads to avoid trespassing on communal land. If you are involved in a road accident, the law requires you to stop and stay at the scene until the police arrive.
You should avoid travel by ferry, because safety regulations are not always strictly applied, and the travel can therefore be dangerous.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of the Solomon Islands' Department of Commerce website for information about Solomon Islands driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Solomon Islands, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Solomon Islands’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.