Safety and security
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
Wed, 11 May 2016 14:39:59 BST