The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Hela and Southern Highlands provinces because of ongoing tribal fighting.
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If you’re planning travel to Papua New Guinea, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
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There are high levels of tribal fighting in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. If you’re planning to travel there, you should take greater care than usual and consider enhanced security precautions.
Outbreaks of tribal violence may occur anywhere 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 Safety and security
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
Monsoon season in Papua New Guinea runs from November to May. This could lead to flooding and landslides. See Natural disasters
Although there is no recent history of terrorism in Papua New Guinea, attacks cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you need consular support, contact the British High Commission in Port Moresby.
Consular support is limited outside of Port Moresby.