Following a clash between the security forces, opportunistic looting and armed robberies affected many parts of Port Moresby from 6 to 8 December. Take great care in Port Moresby until the situation returns to normal and remain vigilant as higher levels of seasonal criminality are expected until the end of the year. Mount Hagen is also tense following the killing of a police officer on 6 December. See Crime
The situation at Wutung on the border with Indonesia remains tense following recent clashes between the OPM (Free Papua Movement) and the Indonesian authorities. There have been reports that the Indonesian military and the OPM have been engaging in gun battles. In response the Papua New Guinean government has strengthened its defence units at its Wutung border post. You should take extreme care and be prepared for possible sudden closure of the border crossing. See Border areas
Papua New Guinea is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones and flash flooding. 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.