Solomon Airlines schedules February repatriation flight from Brisbane via Auckland to Solomon Islands

Published on : Monday, January 18, 2021

Solomon Airlines has advised that subject to regulatory approval, the airline will operate a repatriation flight on 7 February to bring more Solomon Islands citizens who have been stranded abroad, home via Australia and New Zealand.

The repatriation flight will operate as follows:


Flight IE648 will depart Brisbane at 9.15am arriving in Auckland at 3.25pm. All passengers will remain onboard the aircraft as new passengers join for the Auckland to Honiara flight sector. The flight will then depart from Auckland at 4.25pm arriving in Honiara at 7.00pm.

All passengers enroute to Solomon Islands will be required to take a series of COVID-19 tests prior to departure. Passengers will only be allowed to board the aircraft if all test results are negative.

If travelling from Australia, New Zealand or China (including Taiwan, excluding Hong Kong), two tests are required, the first test to be undertaken 12-14 days prior to departure, and second test no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers originating in any other country require three tests, the first to be 18-21 days prior to departure, the second 8-11 days prior to departure and the third no earlier than 72 hours before departure.

On arrival in the Solomon Islands, all travellers will also undergo a mandatory, minimum 21-day quarantine period and further, multiple COVID-19 tests depending on protocols related to their origin country. All COVID-19 test results must be negative before individuals can be released from quarantine.

All Solomon Airlines flights comply fully with the COVID-19 regulations of the relevant countries. Solomon Airlines crew onboard the airline’s A320 aircraft wear facemasks and gloves for the duration of service and catering is minimal to reduce contact between passengers and crew.

As Flight IE648 is a Solomon Islands Government managed repatriation flight, passengers interested to travel on this service are advised to contact their nearest Consulate or Mission for further details.

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