Solomon Islands bans non-citizens from entry

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-22 16:07:40|Editor: xuxin
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SYDNEY, March 22 (Xinhua) -- The Solomon Islands government said it will ban all non-citizens from entering the country from Sunday.

According to a government statement issued on Saturday, incoming Solomon Islands citizens and residents will be permitted to enter but must undergo a strict mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

The government has introduced strict new travel restrictions and revised travel advice based on the "increased risk posed by the spread of the COVID-19," said the joint statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration together with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

The travel advisory is applicable to all travelers and crew regardless of the mode of travel. Under the new restriction, all travellers including crew arriving in Solomon Islands must complete a health declaration card, providing full details of their international travel history for the period of 14 days prior arrival, their place to stay, travel itinerary and current personal contact details.

Besides, the pilot or ship master of all aircraft or vessels are required to report the presence of any sick person on board upon arrival.

Any person found to be providing false information will be prosecuted under the relevant laws of Solomon Islands, which may include imprisonment or deportation.

At the same time, Solomon Islands government has banned all members of parliament and government officials from traveling and asked all citizens and residents to avoid or defer non-essential international travel.

Additional measures regarding the incoming maritime vessels and crafts are introduced as well.

At the moment, Port of Honiara and Port of Noro are the only approved entry and exit points.

No cruise liners or yachts will be allowed to enter the country for a period of 90 days. Cargo ships, including logging, mineral ores and fishing vessels must stay off shore for 14 days before docking at the designated ports.