Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Solomon Islands. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning your travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Despite the social unrest in its recent past, the Solomon Islands is relatively safe by most standards. It is safe to walk around town during the day, but usual caution should be exercised after dark. Always drive with your car securely locked and windows up.


Malaria is a problem, even in Honiara and recent years an outbreak of Dengue Fever. You should consult your travel doctor at least two weeks before you travel and take tropical-strength insect repellent and use it liberally.