Solomon Islands set to fully reopen

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 0

After more than 800 days, the Solomon Islands will reopen its borders this week.

It reopens on July with all existing quarantine requirements discontinued.

Prime Minister, Manesseh Sogavare said quarantine will be dropped, but visitors will still need to be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

Tourism Solomons Acting CEO, Head of Corporate Services, Dagnal Dereveke praised the relaxation after more than two years in isolation.

“The bulk of our tourism sector has been long preparing for this day,” he said.

“We have been anticipating this announcement for quite some time so most of the country’s tourism industry has kept busy upgrading their facilities,” he said.

“The same applies to our Covid-readiness.”

More than 80% of businesses and some 1,000 staff have undergone ‘Tourism Minimum Standards Extra-Care’ training and Covid-safe protocols in preparation for the reopening.

“We know the return to where we were in 2019 will take time,” Dereveke said.

Dereveke haled Solomon Airlines’ decision to reintroduce regular flights from Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati from August 1.

Virgin Australia flights to the Solomon Islands are expected to resume in with360 seats per week in each direction between Australia and Honiara.

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