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Solomon Islands

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

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Overview

Security status

We advise you to take normal precautions in the Solomon Islands.

Latest Travel News

There is currently an outbreak of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Solomon Islands. 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. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and plan to travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and to consider postponing your travel to affected areas. Irish Citizens are advised to follow the advice of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Emergency Assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Solomon Islands, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Canberra.

We suggest you learn as much as you can about the Solomon Islands before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in the Solomon Islands, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

Other EU embassies

You can contact the Embassies and Consulates of other EU countries represented in the Solomon Islands for emergency consular assistance, advice and support. 

Our tips for safe travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

 

Safety and security

Civil unrest

The security situation in the Solomon Islands has been relatively stable since the widespread civil unrest of 2006.  However, you should continue to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings and large crowds.

Terrorism

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.

Crime

While incidents affecting tourists are rare, there is the potential for trouble due to civil unrest and drunken behaviour. Be vigilant about your personal security, particularly in Honiara and follow these basic safety guidelines: 

  • Don’t 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

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Solomon Islands, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Canberra, in Australia if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Solomon Islands, you should be extremely careful. There are few roads and 90% of them are on Guadalcanal and Malaita. 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’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re 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).

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

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.

LGBT

Homosexuality is illegal in many Pacific countries. Be discreet and avoid public displays of affection, as they may offend local inhabitants.

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

If you’re unsure about the entry requirements for the Solomon Islands, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the High Commission of the Solomon Islands in Belgium.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

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.

Health

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see what vaccinations you need for the Solomon Islands.