Solomon Islands Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Oct 28, 2003
This Public Announcement updates information on safety and security in the
Solomon Islands in the wake of efforts by a regional military intervention
force to restore order. This replaces the September 8, 2003 Public
Announcement and expires April 9, 2004.
Since July 24, 2003 the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands
(RAMSI), a coalition of Pacific Island states that includes military and
police forces from Australia and several other Pacific Island nations, has
helped the Solomon Islands improve law and order. The Solomon Islands
government and the vast majority of its citizens have welcomed the
intervention. By the end of September 2003, more than 3500 weapons were
surrendered or seized as part of a countrywide weapons amnesty. While there
has been a marked drop in crime and violent incidents since the arrival of
the RAMSI mission, the potential for tension and civil unrest remains. We
continue to recommend Americans who travel to the Solomon Islands be aware
of their surroundings and be cognizant of the security situation.
Americans planning to visit the Solomon Islands may wish to contact the U.S.
Consular Agent in Honiara or the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New
Guinea, for updates on the security situation. In particular, those who
intend to travel outside the capital city of Honiara should seek an update
on the security situation.
All Americans in the Solomon Islands are encouraged to register with the
U.S. Consular Agent in Honiara, as there is no U.S. Embassy in the Solomon
Islands. Americans requiring emergency assistance or updated security
information may contact the U.S. Consular Agent, c/o BJS Agencies on Mendana
Avenue in Honiara, telephone (677) 27429, fax (677) 23426. Alternatively,
contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, telephone (675)
321-1455, fax (675) 321-1593, e-mail [email protected] For
further general information on travel to the Solomon Islands, please consult
the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for the Solomon
Islands and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at