Covid Information

After nearly two and a half years the Solomon Islands border opened on July 1st, 2022 and Bilikiki Cruises has been running trips since August. On this page are the latest entry requirements for the Solomons and other Covid related information, as well as a few things about measles and travel insurance. This page was last updated on October 12th, 2022.

Entry Requirements for the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands border opened on July 1st and there are no longer any quarantine requirements. For full details of the entry requirements please see Solomon Airlines website.

For your convenience we have compiled the relevant parts for international visitors. Please note that this is as accurate as possible but the responsibility to be up to date and make sure all requirements are met lies entirely with the visitor to the country.

  • All incoming international passengers 12 years and above must be fully vaccinated (at least two doses) against COVID-19 at least four weeks prior to arrival.
  • Proof of vaccination must be shown at check in and possibly at immigration.
  • A RAT test is required before boarding MV Bilikiki. A positive test means you will not be able to join the trip. This is for the safety of yourself, the other passengers, our crew and everyone out in the remote islands of the country. No refunds are offered in this situation and any hotel or travel costs are at travellers own expense. Please see the note on travel insurance below. Please bring a RAT test with you if you can, we do have some onboard but there are not unlimited supplies in Honiara.
  • We also recommend you do a RAT test yourself before flying.

Covid Precautions Onboard

All of our crew and staff have undertaken Covid safe training and are vaccinated.

As well as our normal comprehensive cleaning and hygiene procedures we are using electrostatic sprayers for extra protection. We also have air purifiers onboard for use in the cabins.

Measles

Vaccination against measles is required for entry into the Solomon Islands. Most people are vaccinated as children against the measles. Proof of vaccination is no longer required on entry though so as long as you can tick that you are vaccinated for measles then there are no other requirements. 

Travel Insurance

As well as the normal mandatory diving evacuation insurance (DAN or equivalent) we also very strongly recommend people get comprehensive travel insurance that covers Covid related issues as well as the normal possible problems of travel. Companies like DAN, Dive Assure and Travel Safe all offer travel insurance that covers things like last minute cancellations due to Covid, any required hotel isolation or travel change costs and health care. Our normal cancellation policies now apply so please be sure to get travel insurance as we will not refund or reschedule in situations that are now covered by insurance.

Keep up to Date

While there are no planned changes on the entry requirements at this time please do check the requirements before travelling. Solomon Airlines have current information for entry on their site and we keep this page as up to date as possible. You airline should also keep you updated on any changes or requirements.

And finally…

Please be as covid safe before and during travelling as possible, keeping covid out of the Solomons and off the boat are important to everyone. From reports from other locations cases of covid on liveaboards are rare and your trip is unlikely to impacted but please take all precautions possible.

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