- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
High Degree of Caution
Travel to the Solomon Islands
International and domestic passenger services have resumed as normal, although there may be further measures for COVID-19. Passengers should check with local authorities, airlines and travel companies for the latest information before departure.
All passengers 18 years and older must be fully (double) vaccinated at least 4 weeks before arrival and have evidence of a negative PCR test (within 72 hours of travel to Honiara). Evidence of these will be checked at check-in prior to international flights to Honiara.
Passengers arriving from locations other than Fiji and Australia must send details of their vaccination status and a negative PCR test to NHEOC_repat@moh.gov.sb for prior approval. These should be sent at least one day in advance of travel.
Enhanced screening arrangements at ports of entry remain in place. It is mandatory for all travellers to undertake a PCR test on day 3 after arriving in Solomon Islands.
Information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
National Disaster Management Office
General Travel Advice
Mosquito borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever are common throughout the Solomon Islands. Ensure that you protect yourself against mosquito bites. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Since 24 November 2021 a number of buildings and public facilities have been damaged during civil unrest in Honiara. The Solomon Islands has declared Chinatown and all other burned buildings in Honiara as a ‘no-go zone’ due to concerns over hazardous materials, including possibly asbestos.
You should continue to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings and large crowds. Unrest can result from elections or periods of political uncertainty. Irish citizens are advised to monitor the news, and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Although the threat from terrorism in Solomon Islands is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. Unexploded World War II ordnance is still present in certain parts of the Solomon Islands, including Hell’s Point, the ridges behind Honiara, the New Georgia group of islands, the former capital of Tulagi and the Russell Islands.
While incidents affecting tourists are rare, there is the potential for trouble due to civil unrest and drunken behaviour. However, be aware that both expatriates and visitors can be attractive targets for opportunistic crime. Be vigilant about your personal security, particularly in Honiara and follow these basic safety guidelines:
- Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place
- Take a number of photocopies of your passport with you in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
- Women should take care, especially when alone in public areasIf you are arrested or detained, you are entitled to request that the local police notify the Irish Embassy in Canberra, in Australia of your detention.
Crime usually increases:
- after political instability
- around Christmas
- before major holidays
- during times of civil unrest
To protect yourself from crimes:
- lock doors, windows and gates at your accommodation, even if you have security guards
- lock vehicle windows and doors, even when moving
Lost or stolen passports
- Given that the nearest Irish Embassy is a long distance away in Canberra, Australia, dealing with a lost or stolen passport can be extremely inconvenient and can take time to resolve. In emergencies, you can get limited consular assistance from EU partners with Embassies in Honiara.
If you are a victim of a crime while in Solomon Islands, report it to the local police immediately, telephone 999. Please note that you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Canberra, in Australia if you need help.
As well as protecting yourself against crime while in the Solomon Islands, you have a responsibility to ensure that your own behaviour is orderly and respectful and does not bring you to the attention of the police
If you’re planning to drive in Solomon Islands, you should be extremely careful. Only a few of the main roads are of reasonable quality, the rest are very heavily potholed and in some areas the bridges have collapsed. Standards of driving and vehicle maintenance are poor.
If you want to drive, bring your full Irish driver’s licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
Hiring a vehicle
If you are hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you are allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
Drug use is illegal in the Solomon Islands, and can lead to prison sentences.
Swearing is a crime and can lead to large compensation claims and even jail.
Dress and behaviour
Dress codes, particularly for women, are modest and you should dress appropriately. In certain areas, there are ‘taboo’ sites, which can only be visited by men.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Solomon Islands. Please note that penalties include jail sentences. Be discreet and avoid public displays of affection.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Currently, citizens of most European countries, do not require a visa to enter the Solomon Islands. Instead, you apply for a visitor’s permit which is valid for up to a 90 day stay.
In order to be approved for a visitor’s permit, you must:
- a valid foreign passport with at least six month’s validity and have sufficient blank space to accommodate the necessary stamps
- have either a return ticket or an onward ticket
- proof of sufficient funds
- have a valid visa to enter other countries from the Solomon Islands, if required
- If you meet these requirements, you will be granted a permit on arrival.
However, the Embassy recommends that prior to travel you check the up to date entry requirements for the Solomon Islands, including visa and other immigration information from the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Solomon Islands and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay. Passports must have at least six months validity.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see what vaccinations you need for the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands experienced a Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and 2016. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
If you require emergency assistance from the Embassy, please contact us on +61 2 62140000
If you call outside normal working hours, you will be given instructions to call another number to speak to a Duty Officer.
You may also wish to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin directly at 00353-1-4082000.
Embassy of Ireland
20 Arkana Street
Tel: +61 2 6214 0000
Fax: +61 2 6273 3741
Monday to Friday 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.