The official language is English (1-2%). Pidgin English is a lingua franca. Around 120 Melanesian and Polynesian languages are also spoken.
01/01/2022 New Year
04/17/2022 Easter Sunday
06/11/2022 Queen’s birthday
07/07/2022 Independence Day
12/26/2022 National holiday of Thanksgiving
Duty free shopping
The following items can be imported duty-free into the Solomon Islands (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco; 2 liters of wine or spirits; other goods up to the value of 500 SBD.
A special permit is required for fruit and vegetables. More information is available from Countryaah.com.
Unlicensed weapons and ammunition.
Embassy of Solomon Islands
(Responsible for Europe.)
(without issuing a visa)
Avenue Edouard Lacomblé 17
+32 (0)2 732 70 85.
Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.
Immigration Division Department of Commerce, Employment and Tourism
(with visa issue)
+677 22856, +677 25081/82/83
You can generally get by with English or French. The most favorable period for business trips is from May to October. Business hours: Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.30, Sat 07.30-12.00.
Ministry of Commerce, Employment and Tourism, (see addresses). Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry PO Box 650, Honiara. Phone: 229 07.
Autodial Long Distance Service. The national telephone company is called Solomon Telekom (Internet: www.solomon.com.sb or www.telekom.com.sb).
Analog Mobile Network (AMPS) operated by Solomon Telekom Company (Internet: www.solomon.com.sb or www.telekom.com.sb). Compatible with GSM 900. Analogue mobile phones can be rented on site.
Main provider: Solomon Telekom (Internet: www.solomon.com.sb or www.telekom.com.sb). E-mail access for the public is available in Honiara and Gizo.
According to Abbreviationfinder.org, air mail to Europe is about 7 days on the way. Opening hours of the main post office in Honiara: Mon-Fri 09.00-16.30 and Sat 09.00-11.00. Post office hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm; Sat 08.00-12.00.
Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.