Foreign travel advice

Papua New Guinea


Student demonstrations across Papua New Guinea started in May 2016 and are ongoing. There have been violent clashes between students, other groups and the police in Port Moresby, Lae and the Highlands. You should exercise a high degree of caution, avoid protests and large crowds, monitor local media for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 9 months. You should read the information and advice published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

There is a low threat from terrorism.  See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Most visits are trouble free.