Foreign travel advice
Papua New Guinea
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred in the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea at 1051 UTC on Saturday 17 December 2016. You should follow the instructions of local authorities if you are in the affected area.
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
Following an increase in civil unrest in Lae, you should be particularly vigilant as there’s an increased risk of violence and crime.
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.
There is a low threat from terrorism. 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.