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Reviewed: 21 June 2013, 14:50
Still current at: 09 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Solomon Islands due to criminal activity and the risk of civil unrest and we advise caution.
Political tensions/civil unrest
Political tensions can arise with little notice and we recommend that New Zealanders avoid demonstrations and large gatherings as they could lead to civil unrest and turn violent suddenly. New Zealanders are advised to closely monitor the media and other local information sources for information about safety or security risks.
There are criminal elements within the country, some of whom may have access to firearms. Criminal activity (such as theft and burglary) and some acts of violence do occur, especially around Honiara. Such activity is usually aligned to alcohol consumption, domestic related disputes and land issues. There have been incidences of abduction and assault on public buses. New Zealanders are advised to maintain a sensible level of personal security awareness at all times, to take particular care when using public transport in Honiara, and avoid travelling late at night and in the early hours of the morning in Honiara.
General travel advice
Visitors should be aware that outside Honiara there is limited capacity to respond to emergency situations. Medical services are very limited. Visitors are advised to carry a well-stocked first aid kit. Passenger ferry and flight services throughout Solomon Islands are routinely subject to schedule changes at short notice. Safety regulations are not always adhered to when travelling by sea ferry and it is advisable to take one's own lifejacket. Ferries are often overcrowded.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Solomon Islands should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air and unexpected flight schedule changes.
New Zealanders visiting and living in Solomon Islands are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address City Centre Building, Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon
Postal Address PO Box 697, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Telephone +677 21 502 Facsimile +677 22 377
After Hours Consular: +677 749 5038
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200, 1300 - 1630 hrs