Australia and Solomon Islands Travel Advice
The information on this page is a guide only and subject to change as regulations and restrictions change.
Passengers can book tickets through our Honiara Travel Centre via phone (+677) 20152 or email [email protected], or through our Brisbane Sales Office via phone (+61) 07 38605883 or email [email protected].
Passengers holding valid unused Solomon Airlines tickets can use these as credit towards available flights and any fare or tax difference will need to be paid.
Please note that limited seats are available on all repatriation flights in accordance with Solomon Islands Government directives and we can not guarantee any availability on any flight services at this time.
Countries have strict entry and quarantine requirements in place for all travellers. Guests are requested to ensure they understand and comply with these. Some requirements are listed below, however, it remains the responsibility of travellers to ensure they satisfy all requirements of the destination country.
If your required flight is not available, register your interest with us using our Unscheduled Expression of Interest Form.
Advice for travel to the Solomon Islands
Passport Validity Requirements
For foreign nationals, your passport must have at least 6 months validity beyond your intended stay.
Entry to the Solomon Islands is permitted from 'low-risk' countries unless otherwise specified, currently including:
- New Zealand
- Taiwan, China
- All South Pacific countries (excluding Papua New Guinea and French Polynesia)
All travellers must have remained in a low-risk country for at least 28 days prior to intended departure.
Select flights that allow passengers from other originating countries deemed 'high-risk' will be advised on specific dates.
COVID-19 PCR Testing Requirements
Two COVID-19 PCR tests are required prior to your flight departure and both results must be negative.
- First Test - 14 days prior to departure - results to be sent with your Pre-Departure Form to [email protected]
- Second Test - no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure - results to be sent to [email protected]
For COVID-19 PCR test locations, see your doctor or visit the QLD Health website for Testing and Fever Clinics
If you are travelling from a 'high-risk' country, three COVID-19 PCR negative test results are required:
- First Test - 18-21 days prior to departure - results to be sent to [email protected]
- Second Test - 8-11 days prior to departure - results to be sent with your Pre-Departure Form to [email protected]
- Third Test - no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure - results to be sent to [email protected]
Mandatory Pre-Departure Forms
If you are an Australian citizen or resident you will require permission to leave Australia. Request permission here.
All passengers are required to complete a Pre-Departure Questionnaire and Instructions on Conduct form. These forms are required to be completed, signed, and emailed to [email protected] at least 5 days prior to departure.
These health entry requirements are strict. It is important that you keep a hard copy of the above documents for inspection on arrival if required by the health authorities.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister's Office Approval
All foreign nationals require Prime Minister's Office Approval regardless of their resident or work status. The exemption can only be granted by the Prime Minister and is the first step into the process of entering the country. The final step is fulfilling all the mandatory health requirements before any approval is granted.
For the COVID Oversight Committee to consider your situation, please address a letter to the Chairperson of the COVID Committee and state your reasons to enter Solomon Islands. The address is: Mr James Remobatu, Chairperson, COVID-19 Oversight Committee, PO Box G1, Honiara.
Attach this letter to an email to [email protected] or send this signed letter to the Consul General in Australia Mr Kereta Sanga:
- Email – [email protected]
- Address: 17 Creswell Street, Newstead 4006, Brisbane, QLD
- Phone: (07) 38541697
Please note each entry to the country will require a separate application.
Pay your own Quarantine Options
Hotel quarantine will be determined from the risk assessments conducted by the National Health Emergency Operations Centre. A hotel will be allocated by Solomon Islands Government. You are advised to contact [email protected] well ahead of time if you wish to seek guidance on this. Passengers from the same household will be allocated to the same room on arrival as there is limited availability.
Day of Departure Conditions
You must have completed all of the above requirements including completion and delivery of the Pre-Departure Checklist 24 hours prior to departure.
All of these requirements are mandatory and the passenger's responsibility in order to be able to board an international flight to Solomon Islands.
If any of these requirements are not completed, then boarding will be denied and no-show conditions will apply.
You will be required to wear a face mask at all times on the flight.
One complimentary Wellness Pack including an N95 face mask and sanitising wipes will be provided prior to boarding.
Catering will be limited to reduce contact between crew and passengers.
For information on disembarkation procedures at Honiara click here.
Advice for travel from the Solomon Islands to Australia
Australia Travel Declaration
Travellers should complete the Australia Travel Declaration and need to be aware of the following:
Information about the Australia Travel Declaration and a link to the declaration is available on the Department of Home Affairs website
Once you have submitted your declaration, you will receive a confirmation email from ‘AU- Health Aero [email protected]’
Complete the Australia Travel Declaration a minimum of 72 hours before your departure for Australia. Any later may cause delays.
If you do not complete the Australia Travel Declaration you may not be able to board the flight.
Once you have completed the Declaration, you will receive an email with details to be shown (either electronically or printed) to our airline staff prior to boarding. Only flight crew and diplomats are exempt from completing the Declaration.
Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.
- Travellers who meet exemption criteria or have a compelling reason to enter Australia can apply for an exemption
- For information on exemption categories, application form, and documentation required, see the Department of Home Affairs website
- Make your application at least four weeks but not more than three months in advance of travel and provide full supporting documentation
- Foreign nationals transiting through Australia to another country don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked on a connecting flight from the same airport and they are not going to leave the airport. If you do plan to leave the airport before boarding your connecting flight, submit a travel exemption application to the Commissioner of the Australia Border Force.
QLD International Arrivals Registration
All international passengers must complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration form 72 hours in advance of their arrival.
State and Territory Quarantine Requirements
If you cannot remain in the airport before your connecting flight departs, you must follow the quarantine and isolation requirements in the state or territory you have arrived in, even if you have an exemption from the Australia Border Force Commissioner. State and territory authorities will consider exemptions to the mandatory 14 day quarantine period on a case by case basis.
COVID Testing and Quarantine Arrangements
Solomon Islands is exempt from pre-departure testing requirements in Australia. Testing will be conducted by QLD Health whilst you are in quarantine. Passengers must wear masks throughout international flights and airports.
All international travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their port of arrival. This is arranged by individual State and Territory governments. Click here for Australian Government Information for International Travellers.
Queensland have introduced charges for mandatory quarantine and other requirements (testing and screening) for all arriving travellers:
- Please see rules around Queensland entry requirements here
- Information on mandatory quarantine and costs for arriving passengers here.
- You can also download the QLD Health fact sheet for International Travellers and QLD Health Quarantine fact sheet
The Department of Home Affairs website sets out information on transiting Australia, including on transit visas, irrespective of how long your transit is.
You are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 8 hours or less and you have evidence of onward international travel and if a visa is not required (please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website). If your transit is 8-72 hours you will need to request a 771 transit visa. Any stay over 72 hours is possible only if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or you have an exemption to enter the country.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Reservations or Sales Offices.