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Solomon Islands Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 26, 2006

This Public Announcement is issued to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in Honiara, the Solomon Islands. This Public Announcement expires on May 24, 2006.

American citizens are cautioned to reconsider any travel plans to Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Although the presence of foreign forces and police has resulted in relative calm following two days of ethnic violence on April 18 and 19, the potential for violence remains.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Honiara to be alert to the potential for violence when traveling downtown. U.S. citizens in Honiara should exercise caution, closely follow media reports, and avoid areas where crowds are expected to gather. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Honiara are encouraged to register with the Consular Agent in Honiara, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, or through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Honiara. Embassy communications with the resident American citizen community, or Warden Messages, can be found on the U.S. Virtual Presence Post website at http://www.usvpp-solomonislands.org or the Embassys website at http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov/index.html.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Cautions, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Travelers should also consult the Department of States latest Consular information Sheet for the Solomon Islands. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby can be reached at 675-321-1455 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time or the duty officer outside business hours at 675-683-7943.

The Consular Agent in Honiara can be contacted at 677-23426 or 677-94731.

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