EU signs Visa Waiver Agreement with Solomon Islands
On 7 October 2016, the EU signed a short-stay Visa Waiver Agreement with Solomon Islands at a ceremony that took place in Brussels. See Agreement here
Similar agreements have been signed with nine other Pacific countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The new visa regime applies as of 8 October 2016 and provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to Solomon Islands and for citizens of Solomon Islands when travelling to the EU, for a maximum period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
The Agreement will encourage people-to-people contacts, boost tourism, and invigorate business between the EU and Solomon Islands.
In order to benefit from visa-free travel, citizens from the EU and Solomon Islands must be in possession of a valid ordinary, diplomatic, service/official or special passport and fulfill the other entry conditions (see FAQ).
Visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business, journalism etc.). It does not apply to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out a paid activity.
Ireland and the United Kingdom are not subject to the application of the Agreement, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. The visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation.
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