Tourism Solomons Coronavirus Update – further DOI directive

Tourism Solomons advises as part of a further Solomon Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) directive, all air passengers who have travelled from or transited through China 14 days before arriving in the Solomon Islands will not be permitted entry.

The ruling also extends to passengers from affected countries travelling via Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, and Papua New Guinea.

Flights from Brisbane to Honiara, currently considered low risk, are not included in the directive.

However, all passengers originating from Australia are still subject to strict assessment by local medical authorities on arrival at Honiara International Airport.

In a further development, the Solomon Islands Customs & Excise Division (SICED) has announced all international vessels arriving in the Port of Honiara will, with immediate effect, require health and quarantine clearance before being allowed to berth.

This ruling extends to cruise vessels which will be permitted entry on a case by case basis.

The next cruise ship scheduled to arrive in Honiara on 22 February is the Noble Caledonia-flagged MS Caledonia Sky, one of 10 cruise ships visiting the Solomon Islands this year.

To date no cases of the coronavirus have been detected in the Solomon Islands.

(Source: Toursim Solomons)

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