UK amends Solomon Islands travel advice

The Foreign Office today revised its travel advice for the Solomon Islands. We are no longer advising against all but essential travel to the Solomon Islands. The relevant points in the summary now read:

Wide scale civil unrest took place in the Solomon Islands between 18 and 22 April 2006. Rioting resulted in 90% of China Town and several other buildings in the capital Honiara, including one major hotel, being destroyed. The security situation in the Solomon Islands has now stabilised. However, you should continue to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings and large crowds.

The previous advice read:

We advise against all but essential travel to the Solomon Islands due to civil unrest. On 4 May 2006, Members of the Solomon Islands Parliament elected a new Prime Minister. Although there has been no repetition of the wide scale violence which took place in the Solomon Islands between 18 and 22 April 2006, the security situation in the country remains uncertain.

If against our advice you decide to travel to the Solomon Islands, you should regularly monitor all available information on the local situation. You should exercise caution and avoid public gatherings and crowds, particularly in the city centre, eastern and Chinatown areas of Honiara.
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