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Tourism Solomons has welcomed Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare’s announcement the nation’s border will fully reopen on 1 July 2022.
This easing of restrictions signifies that from that date, international nationals can as soon as once more enter the nation.
However, well being precautions will nonetheless apply with all incoming travellers required to have a unfavorable PCR take a look at inside 72 hours earlier than arrival, as well as to a unfavorable RAT take a look at inside 12 hours of arrival.
Only these folks that have accomplished a full course of vaccinations will likely be allowed to enter the nation from abroad, excluding youngsters unable to be vaccinated.
The present quarantine interval for worldwide travellers is 14 days however this will likely be dropped to six days on 01 June after which three days put up that date with worldwide guests required to quarantine in Honiara.
A unfavorable RAT take a look at will likely be required on day three post-arrival earlier than they are often launched.
Tourism Solomons Acting CEO, Head of Corporate Services, Dagnal mentioned after greater than two years remoted from the remainder of the world, that is fantastic information and he, his group and the native tourism business are greater than prepared to begin welcoming worldwide guests.
“Our tourism sector has taken the front foot and is well ahead of other segments of the population in terms of COVID-readiness,” Mr Dereveke mentioned.
“More than 80 p.c of enterprise operators, hoteliers and resorts have undergone ‘Tourism Minimum Standards Extra-Care’ coaching and applied COVID-safe protocols in preparation for the border reopening.
“All we need are our international guests to start arriving.”
Mr Dereveke and his group have for the previous two years been stored busy together with their counterparts at Solomon Airlines and the Ministry of Culture & Tourism driving the domestic-oriented ‘Iumi Tugeda Holiday Packages’.
The program has performed a significant function in serving to to increase a lot wanted income and job alternatives for the nation’s severely-impacted tourism business.
“Now it’s time to move on,” Mr Dereveke mentioned.
“We have a big job on our hands, but our tourism industry has survived numerous crises over the years, and we have always emerged, and will always emerge, in better shape.”
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