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Visa and Health information

Use this page to find up-to-date visa, passport and health requirements for the transit and destination countries that you are planning to visit. The link below is to the Timatic website which opens in a separate window. This website includes a powerful search engine on a database which is provided and managed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

 

For passport and visa requirements:

  • Your nationality
  • Alien residency (optional)
  • Destination(s)
  • Transit point(s)

 

For health requirements:

  • Embarkation point Destination(s)
  • Transit point(s)
  • Places visited in the last 6 days


IATA Visa and Health Information

In order to use this search function, you will need to enter specific information.

 

This search engine and database is provided and managed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Please be aware that visa requirements can change with little or no notice. You may wish to double-check foreign entry requirements by contacting your local Embassy or Consulate.

Travelling with Children

Solomon Airlines offers the following information to help make travelling with children an even more enjoyable experience.

Policy for the carriage of children and infants

All passengers travelling on Solomon Airlines must be restrained. This includes those classified and infants of children. Infants and Children travelling on Solomon Airlines aircraft must be restrained during takeoff, landing, or any other time that the fasten seat belt sign is illuminated.

Strollers

Strollers are to be checked in (not allowed in the cabin) and are included in the infants checked baggage allowance of 10 kilograms.

Children’s Meals

Solomon Airlines offers children’s meals for those aged between 2 and 11 years. Children’s meals may be requested by contacting your licensed Travel Agent or Solomon Airlines direct no less than 72 hours prior to your departure.

 

Infant Bookings

A minor is regarded as an infant in relation to carriage on Solomon Airlines aircraft if they are between the age of 7 days and up to the date of their second birthday.

Reservations for infants must be made via a licensed Travel Agent or Solomon Airlines direct in advance of travel.

Children and Infants On Board

If you are travelling with your children or infants our cabin crew will be more than happy to assist you during your flight.

Due to space limitations we are not able to provide on board bassinettes.

 

Infants under 2 years of age

An infant must be over 7 days old to travel on Solomon Airlines services.

An infant may be held on an adult’s lap and must be restrained by an infant belt or extension belt looped through the adults fastened seat belt. For safety reasons, an adult shall only hold one infant on their lap.

An adult may travel with a maximum of 2 infants provided, the first must sit on the adult’s lap, while the second must occupy a seat and be restrained  in an approved child restraint system. Where an adult is travelling with a second infant, a seat will need to be reserved and a “child fare” will be payable for the second infant.

 

Children over 2 years of age

A child is over 2 years of age and up to and including 11 years of age. Each child must occupy a seat and be able to sit upright without assistance. Children between 2 and 3 years of age and under 18kg may be seated in an approved child restraint system as described above. A child fare is applicable to all children that occupy a seat.

 

Approved Restraint Systems

Seats that comply with Australian/New Zealand design standard AS/NZS 1745 for infant car seats which are secured in the aircraft in a manner consistent with the seat design criteria. As this standard requires a 3 point attachment, a top tether, in addition to the fastened lap belt, must be fitted.

Conditions of Use

  • The responsibility of supplying and fitting the child restraint system (CRS) shall be that of the parent/guardian of the child.
  • Usage and installation shall be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Not to be located in a row of seats that is adjacent to, immediately forward or aft of an emergency exit.
  • Infant car seats that are not approved will only be accepted as checked in baggage.
  • The child restraint system shall not be fitted on an aisle seat.
  • The child restraint system shall be in the same row as the seat occupied by a physically able adult responsible for the child.
  • The child restraint system is to be secured at all times by means of a seat belt or as otherwise approved by the manufacturer.
  • The occupant of the system should not be removed from the restraint system during preparation for an emergency landing.

 

Children travelling alone (Unaccompanied Minors)

To provide for the wellbeing of the children travelling alone, otherwise known as “Unaccompanied Minors”, Solomon Airlines has specific requirements.

If your child or children are aged between 5-11 years of age inclusive and will be travelling without the supervision of a parent or guardian who is fifteen years of older they are classified as an unaccompanied minor.

An “Unaccompanied Minor Form” will have to be completed prior to arrival for check-in at the airport outlining the full details of who is dropping off the child and who is picking up the child at the other end for each journey.

While we will do our best to ensure that your child’s experience of travelling is an enjoyable one, there are a few extra things you can do to make it just that bit easier.

Make sure your child knows who is to meet them upon arrival at the final destination. Explain to your child how important their passport their passport and tickets are, and ensure that they can recognize both.

To find out more or to make arrangements for an unaccompanied minor, please contact your licensed Travel Agent or your nearest Solomon Airlines office.

Please note that we cannot accept:

  • Children travelling on any journeys which include a transfer between Afghanistan and Gizo
  • Children on any journeys which involve a night-stop, transfer or stopover exceeding six hours, unless you have arranged for your child to be met and cared for at the transfer point.

Things you need to know before booking

  • Service must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of the flight’s departure, otherwise it will not be possible for your child to travel.
  • All flights must be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Children from age five upwards can travel alone on a single sector, direct, non-stop flight only
  • If you are booking through your travel agent, please take your child’s passport with you, as you will need to show this to make the booking.
  • Check that all visas and other formalities have been completed.
  • Additional documentation is needed for some countries when your child is travelling alone.

 

 

 

Passports and Tickets

Tickets

Ensure that you are fully aware of the terms and conditions applying to your ticket. All tickets issued are subject to the conditions of contract and the Terms and Conditions of Carriage.

E-Tickets

An e-ticket or electronic ticket is a ticket that is stored electronically rather than being printed on paper. You should carry your e-ticket receipt at all times for both international and domestic flights. Photographic identification must be produced at check in.

Passports

All passengers need a passport for international travel, regardless of the destination, valid for the duration of your trip.

When you depart from your country of origin you need to present your passport and boarding pass to immigration and customs.

When you arrive in Solomon islands you need to present your passport and a completed Passenger Card to passport control.

If you have not already applied for your passport, arrange this well in advance of your departure date. Always check that your passport is valid. Many countries require travellers to have at least six months validity remaining on their passports. Immigration authorities may refuse entry if you arrive with less than this.

It is a requirement for the Solomon Islands government that all visitors must have a return ticket

Forms of Identification

Domestic Flights within Solomon Islands

If you have an e-ticket or paper ticket, and are travelling domestically within Solomon Islands bring one of the following forms of identification for booking confirmation:

  • Photo identification such as a driver's licence, passport or social security card; or
  • Your Flysolomons booking reference (printed on your e-ticket itinerary receipt); or
  • Photographic Identification

 

The following are the only acceptable forms of photographic identification all of which must be valid at the time of travel.

  • National passport; or
  • A motor vehicle driver's licence ; or
  • A document that identifies you issued by: Current employer or Valid student ID card
  1.  

An aviation security identification card issued by the operator of the aircraft or the operator of an airport.

Children and Infants

Children and infants are subject to the same identification requirements as adults, where they have an approved form of photographic identification. Exceptions from the identification requirements are given for children and infants travelling:

  • with an adult, or
  • as part of an organised group.


For group travel, the adult responsible for and travelling with the group, is to present a letter from the organisation (For example, school or sporting group) that includes the purpose of the trip, name, date of birth and sex of the responsible adult plus the names, dates of birth and sex of each of the children.

  • If the child is travelling with a parent or guardian their name must be recorded on the back of their parent or guardian's boarding pass.
  • If the child is under 12 years of age and is travelling unaccompanied they will be escorted through the airport by airline staff.
  • If the child is between 12 and 18 years of age and is travelling unaccompanied they will be escorted through the airport if they do not carry an accepted form of photographic identification.

 

To save any confusion or delays at the airport, ensure that you have the appropriate identification for all members of your travelling party.

First Time Traveller - About Honiara

Economy and Industry

Honiara is served by the Honiara International Airport, located about 10 kilometers outside the city. The industry is in form of several beverage factories and a cookie factory. Major exports are timber, coconuts, copra and fish. The most  important trade partners are Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Location

Honiara is located on the northern coast of the island of Guadalcanal and includes a sea port at Point Cruz. The town revolves around the Kukum Highway, which connects Henderson Field in the east of Honiara with the settlement of White River in the west, and passes the National Referral Hospital and the recently burnt down Chinatown. Honiara is located at 9°28' South, 159°49' East (-9.46667, 159.81667). [1]

The climate is tropical, the average daytime temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius, the water temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees. Damper periods are predominantly between November and April. The average amount of precipitation per year is about 2,000 mm and thus somewhat lower than the average on the entire Solomon Islands (3,000 mm).

Tourism

Honiara is the Solomon Islands' springboard for tourism activities. The country's tourist office, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau [1], is located on Honiara's main thoroughfare, Mendana Avenue. Situated between the shady Yacht Club and the popular Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, its officers provide tourist information and can radio ahead to announce visitors' arrivals to guest houses in the remoter areas.

Honiara has a harbour from which ferries depart to the various provinces. The gardens of the National Art Gallery are popular for afternoon strolls, while the reconstructed Government House and the National Museum exist. A botanical garden admits lots of orchids and shrubs. The spectacular Tenaru falls can be found a one hour's drive and a three-hour hike from Henderson International Airport.

 

History

What is now Honiara was close to the site of the Guadalcanal Campaign in World War II. It was built to replace the former capital of Tulagi at the end of that war. Honiara officially became the capital of the Solomon Islands in 1952. After violent rebellions in the year 2000, the protection of the population was promised by Australian units, since the Solomon Islands have no military.

In 2006, riots broke out following the election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister, destroying part of Chinatown and displacing more than 1000 Chinese residents. [2] Three National Parliament members, Charles Dausabea, Nelson Ne'e, and Patrick Vahoe, [3] were arrested during or as a result of the riots.

 

Religion

Honiara is predominantly Christian and is served by the headquarters of the Church of the Province of Melanesia (Anglican), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Honiara, the South Seas Evangelical Church, the United Church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other Christian churches.

There are many congregations of American and Australian style charismatic and/or evangelical movements. There are also members of the Bahá'í Faith, Buddhist, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon and Muslim religions.