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Solomon Islands Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Sep 08, 2003

This Public Announcement updates information on safety and security in the Solomon Islands in light of continuing lawlessness and threats against members of the government in the capital region of Honiara and in Malaita province. This replaces the March 17, 2003, Public Announcement and expires March 6, 2004.

As of July 24,2003, the Australian government has been helping the Solomon Islands restore law and order through military intervention. The majority of Solomon Islanders have positively received these Australian troops. By the end of August 2003, almost 3000 weapons were surrendered or seized as part of a countrywide weapons amnesty. Still, the status of the three-year old political, economic, and security crisis in the Solomon Islands remains largely unchanged. In February 2003, a member of the national peace council and former police commissioner was assassinated in Auki, Malaita province. 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.

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 For further general information on travel to the Solomon Islands, please consult the Department of States latest Consular Information Sheet for the Solomon Islands and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.

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