Official Travel Advice for Papua New Guinea
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Hela and Southern Highlands provinces following significantly increased levels of tribal fighting and the declaration of states of emergency by the Papua New Guinea government.
There has also been heavier than usual tribal fighting in Enga and Western Highlands provinces. If you’re planning to travel to these provinces, you should take greater care than usual and consider enhanced security precautions.
Outbreaks of tribal violence may occur with little warning and may escalate very quickly. You should avoid large crowds and public gatherings as they may turn violent. See Crime
There is a high level of serious and violent crime. Law and order is poor or very poor in many parts of the country. Pay close attention to your personal security, particularly after dark, and monitor the media for possible new security risks. See Crime and Local Travel
Carjacking is an ever present threat, particularly in Port Moresby and Lae. Lock car doors and keep windows up at all times. If possible travel in convoy or with a security escort after dark. See Crime
UK health authorities have classified Papua New Guinea as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Papua New Guinea has declared an outbreak of Polio. There have been confirmed cases in Port Moresby and Morobe and Enga provinces.
Papua New Guinea is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones and flash flooding. Monitor the latest weather reports. See Natural disasters
Monsoon season in Papua New Guinea runs from November to May. The National Weather Service has forecast heavy rain and strong wind for the 2019 season. This could lead to flooding and landslides. See Natural disasters
Although there’s is no recent history of terrorism in Papua New Guinea, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Consular support is limited outside of Port Moresby and especially where the FCO advises against all but essential travel. If you need consular support, contact the British High Commission in Port Moresby.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Most visits are trouble free.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Papua New Guinea
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 165,000 in 2011
English (official language) 20%
Port Moresby (also largest city)