Air Niugini Advises Public Traveling To Solomon Islands To Receive Measles Vaccination

January 6, 2020

Air Niugini Advises Public Traveling To Solomon Islands To Receive Measles Vaccination

Air Niugini wishes to advise the traveling public that passengers traveling to Solomon Islands are required to receive measles vaccination.

This follows the current measles outbreak in several Pacific Island countries including Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand and also the Philippines.

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) advise the following travel requirements and measures be implemented to ensure safety to citizens of Solomon Islands.

All persons arriving in Solomon Islands will be required to complete a Travelerís Public Health Declaration Card, which became effective from December 14, 2019.

All Solomon Islanders and residents of Solomon Islands planning to travel to affected countries are required to get vaccinated with a single dose of measles containing vaccine 15 days prior to their departure from Solomon Islands, effective from December 28, 2019.

All Solomon Islanders and residents of Solomon Islands arriving from measles affected countries, including transit through these countries, should carry a certified proof of measles containing vaccination received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date in Solomon Islands.

If it is not available, they will be allowed to board at the departing country but will be quarantined, home-based, for 21 days in Solomon Islands. This becomes effective from December 28, 2019.

Non-Solomon Islanders arriving from measles affected countries, including transit through these countries, should carry a certified proof of measles containing vaccination received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.

If it is not produced, they will not be allowed to board at the departing country.

Non-Solomon Islanders arriving from measles affected countries, including transit through these countries, who fail to produce the certificate of vaccination in Solomon Islands will be deported. This becomes effective from December 28, 2019.

These requirements, except for the first one, are not applicable for infants less than 6 months of age and pregnant women.

 

Corporate Communications Department

Tuesday 24th December, 2019