Solomon Islands international borders open today with a first flight from Brisbane expected in the afternoon with passengers checking out from airport right to their homes and hotels.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced this week that by July 1st the international borders will be open.
Speaking on Wednesday this week, Sogavare said: “I am elated as your Prime Minister to inform you all, that based on the assessment from our health team that the COVID-19 situation in the country had improved markedly over the past several weeks, and Cabinet has decided that our international borders will re-open fully from 1 July 2022 onwards. This means that from 1 July 2022, all international arrivals to Solomon Islands will no longer undergo institutional quarantine. They can proceed directly from the airport after clearing their normal arrival formalities to their booked accommodations in hotels or to their homes. If they go directly to their homes, we encourage them to use face-masks in the first few days after their return.
Also from 1st July 2022, all international travellers to Solomon Islands no longer need to apply for special exemption to enter the country. All travellers can book directly with airlines to enter the country and sort out their own accommodations,” he said.
Sogavare said all international travellers to Solomon Islands are advised that while “we no longer impose post-arrival quarantine or exemptions for entry into the country, all are still required to: Provide one negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in Honiara, and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 [except for children that cannot be vaccinated].”
“Any traveller that does not comply with these two requirements will not be able to travel to Solomon Islands,” he said.
The country’s borders were closed in March 2020.