Summary

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Highlands of Papua New Guinea on Monday 26 February 2018. There has been significant damage to infrastructure, including roads and telecommunications. Komo Airport has been closed. You should contact your airline or tour operator for further information on how your travel plans may be affected.

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.

There is a high level of serious 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

Outbreaks of tribal fighting can occur and may escalate quickly. You should avoid large crowds and public gatherings as they may turn violent. See Local travel

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.