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Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands

Last Updated: December 16, 2016
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Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby

Douglas Street, adjacent to the Bank of Papua New Guinea,
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea

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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page per stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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No

VACCINATIONS:

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None required 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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Currency equivalent to 50,000 SBD or more must declared.

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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Currency equivalent to 50,000 SBD or more must declared.

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U.S. Embassy Port Moresby

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

Consulates

U.S. Consular Agent - Honiara
Commonwealth Avenue, Point Cruz

Telephone: +(677) 23426 or +(677) 98367

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(677) 94731

Fax: +(677) 27429

See the Department of State Fact Sheet for additional information on U.S. – Solomon Islands relations. 

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 stay 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.

If you plan to arrive or depart on a yacht, apply for a visitor’s permit by visiting the Solomon Island Immigration website.

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.

Public Safety: 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.

Crime: Petty theft is common in some parts of Solomon Islands. Criminal activity has increased in the area near the Japanese WWII Memorial and you should not visit the memorial alone. 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. Yacht-related robberies can occur, usually 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, you should contact the local police and the U.S. embassy in Port Moresby or Consular Agency in Honiara.  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.

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.  

Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.

Crime:  The crime rate in Solomon Islands is low; however, you should still not be complacent regarding your personal safety or protecting your valuables.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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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 and 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.

Malaria occurs throughout the year in most areas of Solomon Islands. Outbreaks of dengue fever also occur from. 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.

Zika Virus: For general information and the latest updates about Zika and steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you 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. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs:  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).

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers:  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 Solomon Islands, you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.   See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility of buildings, communications and information for persons with disabilities is not mandated. There are no special accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: 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.

Public Transportation: You should avoid travel by ferry, which can be dangerous due to lack of safety regulations.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Solomon Islands’ Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards, although Solomon Airlines and the airport are certified locally with ICAO.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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