- Reviewed: 26 January 2021, 15:23 NZDT
- Still current at: 31 July 2021
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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.
The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.
Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.
Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.
We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.View Larger Map Close/Open map
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.
General travel advice
Due to recent outbreaks of measles in the Pacific, travellers intending to visit Solomon Islands are now required to demonstrate proof of immunisation at the border before entering the territory. 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.
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
See our regional advice for the Pacific
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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