There have been some outbreaks of unrest – potentially involving violence and looting – in the capital Honiara following the recent election in the Solomon Islands. There have been reports that the Pacific Casino Hotel in Honiara was damaged in rioting.

Visitors are advised to monitor the situation and review their travel plans accordingly.

Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Summary – The Solomon Islands general election took place on 3 April 2019 and a new Prime Minister was elected on 24 April 2019; this led to some violent protests and looting in central and eastern Honiara; local police have responded to restore security, but visitors should be alert to the risk of further protest, and move away from any large gathering; you should monitor local media and be vigilant.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/solomon-islands

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