- Reviewed: 10 November 2022, 12:00 NZDT
- Still current at: 4 December 2023
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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.
Exercise increased caution
Exercise increased caution in Solomon Islands (level 2 of 4).View Larger Map Close/Open map
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.
Criminal activity targeting foreigners, 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 assault at popular tourist sites, nightclubs, bars, on public buses and at bus stops. Female travellers can be subject to sexual harassment and there have been incidents of sexual assault against tourists. Female travellers should take extra care, and avoid walking alone, particularly at night.
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. Ensure that you have adequate home security measures in place, and if travelling by road, car doors should be locked and windows up.
Unexploded munitions left over from past conflict is still present throughout the Solomon Islands. New Zealanders are advised to seek local advice and take care when hiking, boating or diving.
Solomon Islands is in an active seismic area, and is subject to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. 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.
General Travel Advice
Visitors are required to indicate on entry whether they have previously been vaccinated for, or been infected with measles. There is no formal requirement to evidence immunisation. Please read our measles information before travelling.
Visitors should be aware that outside Honiara there is limited capacity to respond to emergency situations. Medical services are very limited.
Freshwater and saltwater crocodiles and sharks are common but attacks are rare.
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 Town Ground, Honiara, Solomon Islands Postal Address PO Box 697, Honiara, Solomon Islands Telephone +677 21 502 Email email@example.com 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
Town Ground, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Telephone: +677 21 502
Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200, 1300 - 1630 hrs