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Please be advised that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Advice is now available at Ireland.ie/travel. Travel Advice on this webpage is no longer being updated. To ensure you receive the latest Travel Advice for Solomon Islands, please see Ireland.ie.

Solomon Islands

If you’re travelling to the Solomon Islands, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact



Security Status

Normal Precautions

General Travel Advice

Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Solomon Islands.

A valid passport is required for travel to Solomon Islands. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the Additional Information tab.

Visitors to Solomon Islands are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Embassy on social media (Twitter @irlembaustralia and Facebook @IrishEmbassyAustralia) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Solomon Islands by dialling:

  • Police: 999
  • Fire brigade: 988
  • Ambulance: 911
  • Search and rescue: 977

Our tips for Safe Travels:

As there is no Irish Embassy in Solomon Islands, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Canberra, Australia.

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Civil unrest

Demonstrations occur regularly, especially in Honiara and Malaita. Civil unrest and political violence may occur.

You should continue to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings and large crowds. Unrest can result from elections or periods of political uncertainty.  Irish citizens are advised to monitor the news, and follow the instructions of local authorities.


Although the threat from terrorism in Solomon Islands is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. Unexploded World War II ordnance is still present in certain parts of the Solomon Islands, including Hell’s Point, the ridges behind Honiara, the New Georgia group of islands, the former capital of Tulagi and the Russell Islands.  


While incidents affecting tourists are rare, there is the potential for trouble due to civil unrest and drunken behaviour. However, be aware that both expatriates and visitors can be attractive targets for opportunistic crime. Be vigilant about your personal security, particularly in Honiara and follow these basic safety guidelines: 

  • Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place
  • Take a number of photocopies of your passport with you in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
  • Women should take care, especially when alone in public areas. If you are arrested or detained, you are entitled to request that the local police notify the Irish Embassy in Canberra, in Australia of your detention.

Crime usually increases:

  • after political instability
  • around Christmas
  • before major holidays
  • during times of civil unrest

To protect yourself from crimes:

  • lock doors, windows and gates at your accommodation, even if you have security guards
  • lock vehicle windows and doors, even when moving

 Lost or stolen passports

  • Given that the nearest Irish Embassy is a long distance away in Canberra, Australia, dealing with a lost or stolen passport can be extremely inconvenient and can take time to resolve. In emergencies, you can get limited consular assistance from EU partners with Embassies in Honiara.

Reporting crime

If you are a victim of a crime while in Solomon Islands, report it to the local police immediately, telephone 999. Please note that you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Canberra, in Australia if you need help.

Personal responsibility     
As well as protecting yourself against crime while in the Solomon Islands, you have a responsibility to ensure that your own behaviour is orderly and respectful and does not bring you to the attention of the police


If you’re planning to drive in Solomon Islands, you should be extremely careful. Only a few of the main roads are of reasonable quality, the rest are very heavily potholed and in some areas the bridges have collapsed. Standards of driving and vehicle maintenance are poor.

If you want to drive, bring your full Irish driver’s licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance

Hiring a vehicle

If you are hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you are allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters, such as tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis, occur. Listen to Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation on radio station AM1035 for official updates.

A tsunami can occur within minutes of a nearby earthquake. However, the risk of tsunami can remain for several hours following the first tremor. If you’re in the Solomon Islands, familiarize yourself with the region’s evacuation plans in the event of a tsunami warning.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Illegal drugs

Drug use is illegal in the Solomon Islands, and can lead to prison sentences. 


Swearing is a crime and can lead to large compensation claims and even jail.

Dress and behaviour

Dress codes, particularly for women, are modest and you should dress appropriately. In certain areas, there are ‘taboo’ sites, which can only be visited by men.


Homosexuality is illegal in the Solomon Islands. Please note that penalties include jail sentences. Be discreet and avoid public displays of affection.


Additional Information

Additional Information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Currently, citizens of most European countries, do not require a visa to enter the Solomon Islands. Instead, you apply for a visitor’s permit which is valid for up to a 90 day stay.
In order to be approved for a visitor’s permit, you must:

  •  a valid foreign passport with at least six month’s validity and have sufficient blank space to accommodate the necessary stamps
  • have either a return ticket or an onward ticket
  • proof of sufficient funds
  •  have a valid visa to enter other countries from the Solomon Islands, if required
  • If you meet these requirements, you will be granted a permit on arrival.

However, the Embassy recommends that prior to travel you check the up to date entry requirements for the Solomon Islands, including visa and other immigration information from the nearest Embassy or Consulate. 


It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Solomon Islands and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay. Passports must have at least six months validity. 


Malaria and dengue are widespread across Solomon Islands.

Zika virus is also found in Solomon Islands. There's no vaccination for Zika virus.

Infection with Zika virus has been increasingly linked with a serious birth condition called microcephaly where the baby is born with an abnormally small head and/or brain damage. An increase in cases of a neurological illness (called Guillan Barre Syndrome) have also been reported in areas where Zika virus outbreaks have occurred. Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) .

Foodborne, waterborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases occur in Solomon Islands. These include:

See the Solomon Islands Heath Advisory for more information.

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see what vaccinations you need for the Solomon Islands.  Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you require emergency assistance from the Embassy, please contact us on +61 2 62140000
If you call outside normal working hours, you will be given instructions to call another number to speak to a Duty Officer.

You may also wish to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin directly at 00353-1-4082000.

Embassy of Ireland
20 Arkana Street
ACT 2600

Tel: +61 2 6214 0000
Fax: +61 2 6273 3741

Monday to Friday 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

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