Official Travel Advice for Papua New Guinea
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary - addition of information on a significant increase in levels of tribal fighting in Hela, Enga, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces since February 2018; if you're planning to travel to these provinces, take care and consider enhanced security precautions; Safety and security section (Border areas) - editorial amendments to information on occasional border clashes
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 Jun 2018.
There has been a significant increase in levels of tribal fighting in Hela, Enga, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February 2018. If you’re planning to travel to these provinces, take care 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 Local travel
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 is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones and flash flooding. Monitor the latest weather reports. See Natural disasters
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s is no recent history of terrorism in Papua New Guinea, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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)