Fire and rescue services
Call 111 or go to the hospital.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Solomon Islands overall.
Higher levels apply in some areas.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Solomon Islands overall.
Higher levels apply in some areas.
Full travel advice: Safety
Full travel advice: Health
Full travel advice: Local laws
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Solomon Islands will host the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara between 19 November and 3 December. There may be an increased risk of crime during this time.
There has been an increase in violent crime targeted at expatriates, including home invasions.
Crimes that might affect you in Solomon Islands include:
Verbal harassment, intimidation and assault can also happen at nightclubs or bars.
Women alone in public places are at the most risk.
Harassment and assaults, some resulting in serious injury, have occurred at popular tourist sites, including beaches close to Honiara.
There have been reports of youths blocking roads in the suburbs and on the outskirts of Honiara under the guise of collecting fees for road maintenance.
Crime usually increases:
To protect yourself from crimes:
Keep your money and phone secure at all times.
Avoid being alone in remote and unfamiliar places.
Don't walk, jog or cycle alone after dark or in the early hours of the morning.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) urge Honiara residents to stay away from large gatherings and to be mindful of their safety and security. Avoid large gatherings and any other suspicious activities.
Political demonstrations and protests can escalate quickly into violence, especially during:
Avoid demonstrations and protests. To stay safe during periods of unrest:
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes adventure activities, such as scuba diving.
If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
Around Honiara, street dogs roam freely, sometimes in packs. Some packs and individual dogs attack people walking, running or cycling.
Freshwater and saltwater crocodiles and sharks are common. Sometimes they come close to Honiara, including near Mbonege Beach.
Ask for local advice before entering the water.
The Solomon Islands Government provides advice about natural disasters through:
To protect yourself if a natural disaster is approaching:
The cyclone season is from November to May. Tropical storms and cyclones may also occur in other months.
The direction and strength of cyclones can change with little warning.
Flooding and landslides can also happen. Services can be disrupted.
If there's a cyclone or severe tropical storm:
To protect yourself if a cyclone is approaching:
Solomon Islands is in an earthquake zone. Volcanic eruptions and tsunamis can also happen.
In November 2022, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck 53km south-west of Honiara, Guadalcanal Province. Earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 and above are felt routinely throughout Solomon Islands.
The island of Savo, 35km northwest of Honiara, is an active volcano. It has recently experienced an increase in seismic activity. Before travelling to the island, you should check for updates from local authorities, including the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office. Savo last erupted between 1835 and 1847.
To protect yourself if there's an earthquake:
Move to higher ground if you're near the coast or a low-lying area.
For real-time information on earthquakes, check the US Geological Service.
To receive tsunami alerts, register with the International Tsunami Information Center.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Solomon Islands. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
A dengue outbreak occurred from October 2016 to April 2017. The Solomon Islands Public Health Emergency and Surveillance Unit continues to monitor for more outbreaks.
Malaria is found in most areas of Solomon Islands and occurs throughout the year.
Zika virus and chikungunya are also found in Solomon Islands. There's no vaccination for Zika virus.
The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care's Zika virus bulletin includes advice on how to minimise Zika virus risks.
If you're pregnant, the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care recommends that you:
To protect yourself from disease:
Consider taking medication to prevent malaria.
Solomon Islands has experienced outbreaks of rotavirus that have caused deaths, particularly among children.
Rotavirus is highly contagious and spreads through:
A rotavirus vaccine for infants up to 6 months of age is available under the Australian National Immunisation Program.
You can stop the spread of rotavirus.
To protect yourself from rotavirus, wash your hands thoroughly for 10 seconds using soap and water and dry with a clean towel:
If children show signs of diarrhoea, seek medical attention.
Foodborne, waterborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases occur in Solomon Islands. These include:
To reduce your risk of illness:
Get medical advice if you suspect poisoning or have a fever or diarrhoea.
Eating reef fish can result in ciguatera poisoning. Ciguatera is a naturally occurring seafood toxin.
Medical facilities, rescue and emergency services throughout Solomon Islands are very limited.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be evacuated to Australia. Medical evacuation can be very expensive and time consuming. Medical evacuation process currently takes 1-5 days to complete. Make sure your travel insurance covers you for medical evacuations.
The hyperbaric chamber in Honiara is currently out of operation. If you experience decompression sickness (DCS) as a result of scuba diving, specialised transport will be required to transfer you to another country for treatment. Ensure you have appropriate insurance cover if you plan to undertake risky activities like diving.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
It is illegal for those under the age of 21 to consume or be supplied with alcohol.
Same-sex sexual activity is illegal. Penalties include jail sentences.
It's illegal to import or possess pornographic material.
Solomon Islands doesn’t recognise same sex relationships. It is a criminal offence to engage in same-sex sexual activity. Penalties include jail sentences.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Standards of dress and behaviour are conservative in Solomon Islands.
Avoid public displays of affection and swearing as these may offend locals.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You can get a 'Border' visa on arrival for stays of up to 45 days. A border visa is issued once during a calendar year. For stays of more than 45 days, you must apply for the relevant visa with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the Solomon Islands High Commission for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
To enter Solomon Islands, it is recommended that you show proof of vaccination against measles. Acceptable proof includes either:
If you don’t provide this evidence, you may be requested to report for an examination by medical authorities. Bring your official vaccination record with you.
You're encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It's recommended you carry COVID-19 vaccination and relevant health documentation with you when travelling.
Solomon Islands like many other countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. It can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. Get a new passport if you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible.
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD).
You must declare all amounts over SBD50,000 or foreign currency equivalent on arrival or departure. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
International credit cards are accepted at hotels, resorts and major shops in Honiara. Credit card facilities are rarely available elsewhere.
You can change currency and access ATMs at the airport and commercial banks in Honiara and other major centres.
Solomon Islands will host the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara between 19 November and 3 December. Pressures on local infrastructure and resources are expected. Make early preparations if you're visiting Honiara during this time.
Hotel Accommodation in Honiara will be difficult to find. Confirm travel arrangements early.
Food, fuel and cash supply shortages may be more prominent during this time.
Traffic delays are possible in Honiara as road and transport arrangements are adjusted.
Remnants of war are still present widely throughout Solomon Islands.
Areas affected by war include:
The condition and stability of the weapons are unknown.
Get local advice before you travel to these areas. Take care when hiking, boating or diving.
Mobile and internet services can be limited in some areas of Solomon Islands.
Have backup communications plans, such as agreed check-in points with others who know your expected movements or alternative communications methods, such as satellite phones and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).
To drive in Solomon Islands, you'll need both:
Driving without an IDP can void your travel and vehicle insurance.
After 3 months, you'll need to get a local driver's licence.
Most roads in Solomon Islands are in a very poor state of repair.
Large potholes are common. Local drivers swerve or slow suddenly to avoid potholes, including on the main road in Honiara.
Vehicles are generally poorly maintained.
Traffic lanes and road rules are often ignored, particularly at roundabouts and other intersections.
Pedestrians often walk on roads. Take caution when driving off the main highway.
Traffic jams are common in Honiara.
If you plan to drive:
If rocks are thrown at your car, leave the area quickly and safely.
Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when riding a motorbike.
Always wear a helmet.
Only use registered taxis and authorised limousines. Arrange these through your hotel.
There's no formal public transport system in Solomon Islands. Privately owned passenger vans, small buses, and trucks provide transport in most areas with roads.
A limited minibus system operates in Honiara.
Take care of your belongings due to petty theft.
Travel by boat in Solomon Islands can be dangerous.
Passenger ferry services are subject to disruption at short notice.
Overcrowding of passenger ferries is common.
Consider flying to your destination rather than taking a passenger ferry.
There are limited marine search-and-rescue services in Solomon Islands.
To protect yourself when travelling by boat:
Airport infrastructure across the country may be maintained to a different standard than in Australia, including emergency response vehicles.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Solomon Islands' air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 111 or go to the hospital.
For non-urgent medical advice or assistance call 713 6000.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular assistance, contact the Australian High Commission in Honiara.
Cnr Hibiscus Ave and Mud Alley
Telephone (+67 7) 21 561
Facsimile (+67 7) 23 691
Check the Australian High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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