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MFAT: Solomon Islands Travel Advice

Solomon Islands Travel Advice
Consular Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Wellington, New Zealand

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Issued on 19 April 2006 NZT

This travel advice has been reviewed and reissued.

We currently advise against non-essential travel to the Solomon Islands. Civil disturbances and demonstrations continue to take place in Solomon Islands, particularly in Honiara and its environs. It is recommended that New Zealanders monitor radio news broadcasts for developments, avoid large gatherings, exercise caution when travelling by road, especially in the capital, and follow the advice of the Royal Solomon Islands Police.

Personal security awareness should be maintained at all times. Visitors should obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes provision for emergency medical evacuation and flight changes.

Travellers should heed media reports relating to natural disasters or security conditions. New Zealanders should check security conditions with the High Commission and monitor radio broadcasts. While visitors and expatriates are not believed to be specific targets they should maintain a high level of personal security awareness.

Visitors should be aware that outside Honiara there is limited capacity to respond in emergency situations. Medical services are limited. Passenger ferry and flight services throughout the Solomon Islands are routinely subject to change at short notice. Safety regulations are not always adhered to when travelling by sea ferry and it is advisable to take one’s own lifejacket. Ferries are often over-crowded.

To meet these contingencies, we recommend visitors obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes provision for emergency medical evacuation and flight changes.

New Zealanders in the Solomon Islands are encouraged to record their details with:

The New Zealand High Commission
City Centre Building, Mendana Avenue
(PO Box 697), Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Telephone: +677 21 502 Facsimile: +677 22 377
Email: nzhicom@solomon.com.sb
Please provide the following information:
full names of individuals and accompanying dependants,
New Zealand passport number(s),
contact details whilst in the Solomon Islands,
departure dates and details, and
contact information for a family member or friend in New Zealand.

New Zealand citizens may also register on-line at:
www.kiwisoverseas.govt.nz

ENDS

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