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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
Reconsider travel to Solomon Islands due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

Reconsider travel to Solomon Islands due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Solomon Islands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Solomon Islands has an unknown level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. CDC-compliant testing for COVID-19 is either not available or the results are not reliably available within one calendar day of testing. Travelers should expect delays returning to the United States. Commercial transportation to/from Solomon Islands is not available or only sporadically available. It may be difficult to enter or leave the country, and travelers should expect delays entering Solomon Islands and/or returning to the United States. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Solomon Islands.

If you decide to travel to Solomon Islands:

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No

Hague Convention Information

Solomon Islands is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Following is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of the Solomon Islands, the Social Welfare Division under the Ministry of Health.  The Social Welfare Division oversees all adoptions processes in the Solomon Islands.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from the Solomon Islands should contact the Social Welfare Division to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  There are no U.S. adoption service providers authorized by the Government of the Solomon Islands to provide adoption services in the Solomon Islands.  As of July 14, 2014, federal Hague accreditation standards apply to adoption service providers performing services in non-Hague intercountry adoptions.  For more information see our information on the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act.

U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in the Solomon Islands who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Social Welfare Division of the Solomon Islands.  See contact information below.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea provides services to U.S. citizens in the Solomon Islands and adjudicates non-immigrant and immigrant visas for Solomon Islanders. 

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to the Solomon Islands and the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s website for information on consular services and visas.

SOLOMON ISLANDS’ ADOPTION AUTHORITY:

Ms. Joan Ahikau
Coordinator
Social Welfare Division
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box 349
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Email: ofasia@moh.gov.sb

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Solomon Islands, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby
Courier Service Address: Douglas Street, adjacent to the Bank of Papua New Guinea,
Port Moresby,
Papua New Guinea
Telephone
+(675) 308 2100
Emergency
+(675) 7200-9439
Fax
No Fax

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