Foreign travel advice

Solomon Islands


Following the 7.8 earthquake near Makira Island in the Solomon Islands on the morning of 9 December 2016, aftershocks could continue for some time and may be felt across the country.

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 Solomon Island Government has confirmed an outbreak of Dengue Fever throughout the islands, except for Rennell and Bellona Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities 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.

Most visits to Solomon Islands are trouble-free.

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

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

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Medical facilities are very basic throughout Solomon Islands, including in Honiara. Contact local health providers for further advice. See Health

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British High Commission in Honiara.