Official Travel Advice for Solomon Islands
Summary - The Solomon Islands general election took place on 3 April and a new Prime Minister was elected on 24 April; this led to some violent protests and looting in central and eastern Honiara; local police restored security; however, there is an ongoing court case which may cause further disturbances over the coming months; you should monitor local media and be vigilant around any political demonstrations and large gatherings
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 May 2019.
The Solomon Islands general election took place on 3 April 2019 and a new Prime Minister was elected on 24 April 2019. This led to some violent protests and looting in central and eastern Honiara. Local police responded and restored security. However, there is an ongoing court case which may cause further disturbances over the coming months. You should monitor local media and be vigilant around any political demonstrations and large gatherings.
On 5 February 2019, a bulk carrier vessel ran aground in Kangava Bay on Rennell Island. The surrounding bay was affected by the resulting fuel leakage, and though the spill has now been contained, clean up activity continues. You should take local advice on precautions if visiting affected coastal areas.
Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are wide-spread across Solomon Islands. You should follow the advice of local authorities, the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
UK health authorities have classified Solomon Islands as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Earthquakes are common in Solomon Islands. To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see the New Zealand government’s GetReadyGetThru website. If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, you should follow the instructions of local authorities, bearing in mind that a tsunami could arrive within minutes.
The tropical cyclone season normally runs from November to May. You should monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters
Most visits to Solomon Islands are trouble free.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has limited resources and response times to calls for help can be slow. There have been reports of robberies involving violence, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing, distraction thefts and harassment, particularly around the central market in Honiara.
Fresh and salt water crocodiles and sharks are common. Large crocodiles have been seen offshore at beaches near Honiara. See Dangerous wildlife
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the Solomon Islands, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Medical facilities are very basic throughout Solomon Islands, including in Honiara. Contact local health providers for further advice. See Health
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Solomon Islands
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Visitors/Tourists: 23,000 in 2011