SOLOMON Islanders will soon travel to the European Union member countries without visa.
The European Union will sign a visa waiver agreement with the Solomon Islands and four other Pacific Island countries.
Leonidas Tezapsidis, EU Ambassador to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu revealed to media on Wednesday at the end of the 6th EU and Solomon Islands political dialogue in Honiara, the agreement has been finalised.
“We have completed the initial part agreement last November. We have completed on our side all procedure that is needed for the signing,” he said.
Mr Tezapsidis said they are now waiting for Solomon Islands to do the same.
“When they are ready, there will be a signing in Brussels.
“And as soon as the signings are done, there will be provisional application, which will allow travellers with valid travel document and ticket to stay for three months in every six month period in 28 EU member states,” he said.
However, Tezapsidis said United Kingdom and Ireland are not covered under the agreement.
But he said the visa waiver will also apply to four Schengen non EU countries namely Norway Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland.
By EDDIE OSIFELO