23 Feb 2004

New Zealand reviews travel advisory to Solomon Islands

7:29 am on 23 February 2004

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reviewed its travel advisory to Solomon Islands to reflect the improved security situation.

A statement from the Ministry says there have been significant improvements in law and order throughout the Solomon Islands, and the threat of criminal activity affecting visitors and expatriates is now considered minimal.

However, it recommends that visitors obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes provision for emergency medical evacuation.

Police, military, and officials from Pacific Island Forum nations including New Zealand and Australia are deployed in the Solomon Islands under the Forum's Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, RAMSI.

RAMSI and the Solomon Islands police have been successful in restoring law and order throughout the country following several years of ethnic conflict, corruption and lawlessness.