Foreign travel advice

Papua New Guinea

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Summary

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay up to date

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel at this time. Existing advice for Papua New Guinea remains in place:

The 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 severely limited where the FCO advise 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.