Solomon Islands Passport Ranking
The Solomon Islander passport currently ranks on the 39th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. The ranking has consistently improved from the 56th rank in 2012 to the current ranking. It provides visa-free access to 131 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score. Solomon Islander passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to destinations such as Singapore, Canada, South Korea, Indonedia and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities worldwide. Solomon Islanders do require a visa to enter about 95 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are China, Japan, Thailand, the United States and Australia.
The Solomon Islands is a sovereign state that consists of nine provinces. The most important provinces are Malaita, Guadalcanal and Western. The country is situated in Oceania in the Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea. It is composed of 6 main islands and over 900 smaller islands. The overall surface area is 28,400 square kilometers spread across the islands. The country’s terrain consists of volcanic mountains and coral atolls. Its climate is the tropical monsoon type with very little temperature variation over the year.
The overall population is approximately 652,857 people. The capital of the country is Honiara, which is also the most populous city with around 84,000 inhabitants. Other important cities are Malango and Auki. The country’s largest and only international airport is Honiara International Airport (HIR). The airport provides access to regional destinations and Australian cities.
The Solomon Islands are dominated by many different Polynesian societies. The highest percentage religion is Protestantism. The official language is English with over 120 indigenous languages still spoken in the different islands. The Solomon Islander system is a mix between the English common law and customary law. The government form is a parliamentary republic under a constitutional monarchy. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth II. The head of government is Prime Minister Rick Hou. Elections are held every 5 years.
The official currency is the Solomon Islands dollar (SBD), which has a current exchange rate of SBD 8 per USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $1.4 billion, making it the 5th largest economy in Oceania. Its citizens have a per capita income of $2,307. The GDP is mostly made up of the services and agriculture sector. Agriculture is extremely important assuring the daily nutrition needs of the country. Some of the main exports products are rough wood, processed fish and palm oil. There are vast mineral resources, which the government seeks to develop in the future.
The Solomon Islands are filled with a variety of natural tourism attractions. It is known for its vast beaches, nature and Polynesian traditions. Some of the major destinations include the Tenaru Falls, the Honiara Botanical Gardens, Rennell Island, the National Museum, the Serah Keu Lagoon and the Borare River. The main tourist activities are fishing, scuba diving, watersports and hiking. The island nation has a total of approximately 27,900 tourists visiting every year with the majority originating from New Zealand and Australia.