- Reviewed: 27 February 2019, 13:57 NZDT
- Still current at: 18 August 2019
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Avoid non-essential travel
Exercise normal safety and security precautions
Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Solomon Islands.
Criminal activity, such as theft, robbery and burglary, and some acts of violence do occur, especially around Honiara. Such activity is usually related to alcohol consumption, domestic disputes and land issues. There have been incidents of abduction and assault on public buses and at bus stops.
New Zealanders are advised to maintain personal security awareness at all times. As foreigners may be targeted due to their perceived wealth, avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as electronic devices, cameras and jewellery. You should take particular care when using public transport in Honiara and avoid walking at night in Honiara. Ensure that you have adequate home security measures in place.
Political tensions/civil unrest
Civil unrest can arise with little notice and political developments have occasionally resulted in violence.
New Zealanders should avoid, any demonstrations, large gatherings or protests, as even those intended to be peaceful could turn violent with little warning. You should closely monitor local media and information sources for advice about safety or security risks. We recommend following the instructions of local authorities and avoiding travel at night in any areas affected by unrest.
Solomon Islands is in an active seismic area, and is subject to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. On 9 December 2016 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southwest of Makira island. Travellers should be aware of the possibility for travel disruptions in the event of seismic or volcanic activity. Familiarise yourself with general safety procedures in the event of an earthquake.
On Tuesday 5 February, the MV Solomon Trader, a bulk carrier vessel carrying bauxite, ran aground in Kangava Bay, Rennell Island, adjacent to a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in East Rennell. The vessel is carrying over 700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, which has begun to leak into the Bay. Heavy fuel oil is a toxic substance, and exposure should be avoided. Other vessels in the Bay are likely to disturb the oil and carry it outside the Bay, further impacting the World Heritage site.
General travel advice
Visitors should be aware that outside Honiara there is limited capacity to respond to emergency situations. Medical services are very limited.
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Solomon Islands to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
Passenger ferry and flight services throughout Solomon Islands are routinely subject to schedule changes at short notice. Avoid travelling by ferry, as they are often overcrowded and there is a lack of safety regulations.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Solomon Islands should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air and unexpected flight schedule changes.
New Zealanders in Solomon Islands are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands
Street Address Lengakiki, Honiara, Solomon Islands Postal Address PO Box 697, Honiara, Solomon Islands Telephone +677 21 502 Emergency Telephone +677 749 5039 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/solomon-islands Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200, 1300 - 1630 hrs
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New Zealand High Commission Solomon Islands
Lengakiki, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Telephone: +677 21 502
Emergency Telephone: +677 749 5039
Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200, 1300 - 1630 hrs