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Solomon Islands - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in the Solomon Islands.
Rennell Island - Avoid non-essential travel
Travel Health Notice - Zika virus
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to the Solomon Islands. See Health for more information.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Petty crimes, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft, occurs. Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times. Carry only what you need, and do not bring valuables to the beach.
There have been occurrences of violent crime, including against foreigners, such as assault and sexual assault, armed robberies, burglary, car and house break-ins and carjacking, especially in Honiara.
Criminal incidents have occurred at night clubs and bars, at beaches, around the central market and on public transportation. Crime usually increases in the period leading up to Christmas. Avoid travelling alone and do not walk alone at night. Ensure that you have adequate security measures in place at your accommodation.
Police are limited in their ability to respond effectively.
Civil unrest and demonstrations
Civil unrest, political violence and demonstrations occur, especially in Honiara.
General elections are due to take place on April 3, 2019. Demonstrations could occur before, during and after the elections.
- avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- follow the instructions of local authorities
- monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Road conditions are poor. The only paved roads, of which have many potholes, are in and around Honiara. Drivers have little regard for traffic regulations and do not follow safe driving practices. Where possible, avoid driving at night. If you must drive at night be vigilant as the roads are poorly lit.
Sexual assaults occur. Women travelling alone may also be subject to certain forms of harassment and verbal abuse.
There is still unexploded ordnance in the Solomon Islands from World War II, particularly in Hell’s Point and the ridges behind Honiara, the New Georgia group of islands, Tulagi and the Russell Islands. Be careful when hiking, boating or diving and heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.
Inter-island ferry accidents occur due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels. Safety standards are minimal. Do not board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Domestic flights may be cancelled without notice.
General safety information
Tourist facilities are limited, especially outside Honiara. Telecommunications are subject to disruptions.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the authorities of the Solomon Islands. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Solomon Islands.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays of up to 90 days
Business visa: Not required for stays of up to 30 days
Student visa: Required
An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required to visit the Solomon Islands.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
- Zika virus: Advice for travellers - January 17, 2019
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain. It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is low for most travellers. Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to mosquito bites (e.g., spending a large amount of time outdoors) while travelling in regions with risk of Japanese encephalitis.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.
Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
- Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
- There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. It is important for travellers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Oceanic Pacific Islands. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
- Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
- The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus infection
Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. Recent or ongoing cases of Zika virus have been reported in this country.
All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites day and night.
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects such as abnormally small heads (microcephaly). Zika virus can also be sexually transmitted.
Travellers who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy:
- Should avoid travel to this country.
- If travel cannot be avoided follow strict mosquito bite prevention measures.
- Talk to your health care professional about the risk of Zika infection in pregnancy.
- Use condoms correctly or avoid having sex for the duration of the pregnancy, if you are pregnant and your partner has travelled to this country.
- Female travellers: wait at least 2 months after returning from this country or after onset of illness due to Zika (whichever is longer) before trying to conceive (get pregnant) to ensure that any possible Zika virus infection has cleared your body.
- Male travellers: wait 3 months after returning from this country or after onset of illness due to Zika (whichever is longer) before trying to conceive. Use condoms or avoid having sex during that time.
See travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers
- There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this country.
- Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no vaccine against malaria.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in enclosed air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider pre-treating clothing and travel gear with insecticides and sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet.
- Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss your options.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.
For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.
Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.
High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.
Rennell Island (see Advisory)
A bulk carrier vessel ran aground in Kangava Bay, on Rennell Island, on February 5, 2019. The vessel is leaking fuel, which is toxic.
Medical services and facilities
There is one hyperbaric (decompression) chamber, in Honiara, to treat decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Medical facilities in the Solomon Islands are limited, especially in provincial areas. Medical evacuation, usually to Australia or New Zealand, can be very expensive but you may need it in case of serious illness or injury. Payment up front is often required.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
The laws of the Solomon Islands prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. Convicted offenders could face up to five years in prison.
LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to the Solomon Islands.
Local customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning the temporary import or export of items such as firearms, medication and pornographic material.
- Customs requirements - Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury
- Contact the Consulate General of Solomon Islands to Canada for additional information
Traffic drives on the left.
You must obtain a local driver’s licence to drive in the Solomon Islands. No additional tests are required to obtain this licence unless you plan on driving a class of vehicle for which you do not have a licence. To obtain the local licence, you must fill out a form, provide two passport size photos and show your provincial driver’s licence to the Inland Revenue Division (IRD). The Solomon Islands licence is valid for 4 months.
- A guide to obtaining a driver’s licence in the Solomon Islands - IRD’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Division
- Applying for a local licence - Solomon Islands IRD
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in the Solomon Islands.
If local authorities consider you a citizen of the Solomon Islands, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.
Dress and behaviour
Do not photograph locals without asking permission.
To avoid offending local sensitivities:
- dress conservatively
- behave discreetly
- respect religious and social traditions
Swearing in public as well as public displays of affection may offend locals.
The currency of the Solomon Islands is the Solomon Islands dollar (SBD). Major credit cards are accepted at hotels and tourist resorts. Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at banks. Traveller’s cheques in Australian dollars are recommended. Automated banking machines are available in Honiara.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Monsoons and cyclones
Monsoon rains and cyclones in the South Pacific usually occur from November to May. During this period, even small cyclones can quickly develop into major cyclones.
These severe cyclones can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.
If you decide to travel to the Solomon Islands during the monsoon and cyclone season:
- know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
- be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
- stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
- carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
- follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
The Solomon Islands are located in an active seismic zone and are prone to earthquakes, volcanic activity and tsunamis.
- Police: 999
- Medical emergencies: 911
- Fire: 988
- Search and rescue: 977
There is no resident Canadian government office in the Solomon Islands. You can obtain consular assistance and further information from the Australian High Commission in Honiara under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement.
Register with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to receive email updates on situations and events that could affect your safety while in the Solomon Islands.
Honiara - High Commission of Australia
Canberra - High Commission of Canada
The High Commission of Canada in Canberra, Australia, has consular responsibility for the Solomon Islands.
For emergency consular assistance, call the Australian High Commission in Honiara and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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