Summary

Elections will take place in Bougainville between 11 May and 8 June. Take extra care if you’re travelling to the region during this period.

Papua New Guinea is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones and flash flooding. Monitor the latest weather reports. Recent bad weather across the Highland Provinces and West New Britain has caused landslides, flooding and roads and bridges to be washed away. See Natural disasters

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 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

There is a low threat from terrorism.  See Terrorism

5,000 British nationals visited Papua New Guinea in 2012. Most visits are trouble free. 

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.