Electricity

Electrical current in the Solomon Islands is 230 volts, 50Hz. The most commonly-used plug is the three-prong Australian plug.

Language

English is the official language.


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Health

A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers to the Solomon Islands arriving from an infected area, while the territory has in the past few years been subject to outbreaks of dengue fever and rubella. A measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is recommended for all travellers born after 1956, as is a typhoid vaccine (except short-term business travellers or cruise ship passengers). Tap water should not be drunk unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Medical facilities are very limited so pack a personal medical kit and bring adequate supplies of all medications. Should a doctor be needed, the main facility is the Central Hospital and National Referral Hospital in Honiara. Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended for travellers.


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Local customs

Local culture in the Solomon Islands is relaxed but traditional. While informal dress, including shorts, is acceptable, you should avoid wearing beachwear off the beach. Always show respect for older people, especially in rural areas. Girls are not to show friendliness to strangers of the opposite sex when accompanied by their relatives. If invited into a local's home, the guest will be expected to eat first.


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Duty free

Travellers to the Solomon Islands age 18 and older may import the following goods duty-free: 200 cigarettes/250g cigars or tobacco, two litres liquor, other goods valued to SBD400. Offensive weapons, pictures, and literature is prohibited, and firearms and ammunition require a police permit obtained prior to arrival.


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Passport & Visa

Visitors are required to hold return or onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry requirements

US citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

UK citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

Canadia citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

Australian citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

South African citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months, provided they have a pre-arranged visa approval.

Irish citizens can get a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

A passport valid for six months from arrival is required. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival for a maximum stay of three months.

Useful contacts


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Embassies / consulates in other countries

Solomon Islands High Commission, New York, United States: (212) 599 6192

Solomon High Commission, Canberra, Australia: +61 2 6282 7030

Solomon Consulate, Auckland, New Zealand: +64 9 255 5535

Embassies / consulates in Solomon Islands

Australian High Commission, Honiara, Solomon Islands (also responsible for Canada): +677 21 561

New Zealand High Comission, Honiara, Solomon Islands: +677 21 502

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