Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 17 March 2017, 13:48 NZDT
  • Still current at: 30 April 2017

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There are no significant security issues in the Solomon Islands, but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety. 

Crime
There are criminal elements within the country, some of whom may have access to firearms. 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 mobile devices and jewellery. You should take particular care when using public transport in Honiara and avoid walking or travelling late at night and in the early hours of the morning 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 civil unrest and violence.

New Zealanders should avoid, and move away from, any demonstrations, large gatherings or protests, as even those intended to be peaceful could turn violent suddenly. 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. 

General travel advice
Visitors should be aware that outside Honiara there is limited capacity to respond to emergency situations. Medical services are very limited. 

Passenger ferry and flight services throughout Solomon Islands are routinely subject to schedule changes at short notice. Ferries are often overcrowded. Sufficient safety equipment may not be provided and safety regulations are not always adhered to. You may wish to consider taking your own lifejacket.

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

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The New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands

Street Address City Centre Building, Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands Postal Address PO Box 697, Honiara, Solomon Islands Telephone +677 21 502 Emergency Telephone +677 749 5039 Fax +677 22 377 Email nzhicom@solomon.com.sb 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

Street Address
City Centre Building, Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Telephone: +677 21 502

Emergency Telephone: +677 749 5039

Fax: +677 22 377

Email: nzhicom@solomon.com.sb

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/solomon-islands

Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200, 1300 - 1630 hrs

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