Solomon Islands

Quick Overview

Capital: Honiara
Population: 611,343
Official language: English
Time zone: Solomon Islands Time
Emergency #: 999
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: Yes
Climate Info

Solomon Islands: Travel Health Information

Solomon Islands is known for its coral atolls, sandy beaches, and historical sites. Surfing is a popular attraction in the Solomon Islands. Gizo in the country’s Western Province and Santa Isabel province are both popular surfing spots. Visitors can also explore the country’s many World War II relics east of Honiara.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Solomon Islands may differ from your home country. Solomon Islands have a public healthcare system and a few private providers. The quality of medical care throughout the country is generally considered inadequate and does not meet international standards. There is currently a shortage of trained medical personnel, specifically doctors and nurses. There are serious shortages of medical equipment and supplies in most health facilities, and many hospitals rely on outdated and poorly maintained equipment. The National Referral Hospital in Honiara provides the highest level of care. In rural areas, medical care is limited and provided by local nurses who are well-trained to provide a basic level of care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Solomon Islands require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Australia may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Solomon Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals in Solomon Islands is adequate in urban areas, but is extremely limited or unavailable in rural regions. Make sure to bring an adequate supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Solomon Islands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Honiara are paved and generally well maintained, but can be poorly marked and potholes are common. All other roads are generally unpaved or made of coral or gravel which may pose a risk to drivers. Seat belts are not required by law but should be worn for safety at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times. In Solomon Islands, traffic drives on the left.

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