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Solomon Islands Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*
Diphtheria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria Yes
Rabies No
Tetanus Yes

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

Medical facilities are very limited and there are drug shortages. There are several hospitals, the largest being the Central Hospital in Honiara. Church missions provide medical facilities on outlying islands. Health insurance is essential.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should be boiled first or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

Certificate

Visitors and residents are free to stay for 90 days without HIV testing. Any longer than 90 days and they must provide documentation of a clear HIV test. Deportation is possible for those found to be HIV positive.