Travel Alert: Limited Outbound International Flight Options from Port Vila, Vanuatu

LOCATION: Vanuatu U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and holders of valid U.S. visas who are currently in Vanuatu and wish to return to the United States—or transit the United States en route to the third country—are advised to read this message carefully. Air Vanuatu recently announced the resumption of very limited international passenger services for outbound travelers …

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Travel Alert: Updated Travel Advisories for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

Location: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu On August 6, the U.S. Department of State lifted its Global Level 4 Travel Advisory and reverted to individual travel advisories for each country.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that travel advisories for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu have been updated …

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Health and Travel Alert – Update on Air Travel via Australia

As a follow up to the Embassy’s July 8th update on air travel via Australia , U.S. citizens are advised that, on July 13th, the Australian government implemented a cap on the number of international passengers arriving at Brisbane Airport (BNE) per week. The Australian government also recently loosened its requirements for passengers transiting Australia en route to a third country.  Transit times …

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Health and Travel Alert — Update on Air Travel Due to COVID-19 Situation in Victoria, Australia

Location:  Papua New Guinea The Embassy was recently informed that, due to the COVID-19 situation in Victoria, Australia, airlines are not permitted to bring international passengers into Melbourne Airport, and international arrivals to Sydney Airport are capped at 450 passengers per day with a maximum of 50 passengers per flight. These restrictions were implemented beginning …

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Health and Travel Alert – Update on Consular Services and Air Travel

Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Consular Services:  Due to worldwide precautions and limited resources, U.S. Embassy Port Moresby continues to prioritize emergency and mission-critical consular services, particularly for U.S. citizens. Routine consular services, including the processing of non-emergency visas, remain suspended. The Department of State and the Embassy continue to evaluate global …

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Health and Travel Alert — Update on Air Service for Return to the United States — U.S. Embassy Port Moresby

Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Solomon Islands:  U.S. citizens in Solomon Islands who wish to immediately return to the United States are advised that Solomon Airlines has confirmed a one-way repatriation flight from Honiara to Brisbane on June 19.  Qatar Airways offers onward itineraries from Brisbane to the United States (Dallas and Chicago) via Doha, Qatar, the following day, …

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Health and Travel Alert – Update on Commercial Air Service for Return to the United States

Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: As of May 28, the Embassy is not aware of flight options for entering or exiting Solomon Islands or Vanuatu.  U.S. citizens who wish immediately to return to the United States from Solomon Islands or Vanuatu are advised to continue monitoring the availability …

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Health and Travel Alert – Additional Brisbane to Los Angeles Flights for Immediate Return to the United States from PNG

Health and Travel Alert – Additional Brisbane to Los Angeles Flights for Immediate Return to the United States from Papua New Guinea Location:  Papua New Guinea Event:  U.S. citizens in Papua New Guinea are advised that Virgin Australia recently announced it will operate once-a-week international air service between Brisbane and Los Angeles beginning on Saturday, May 16 for a period of four weeks. U.S. citizens …

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Health and Travel Alert — Update on Commercial Air Options

Event:  Following its April 8-10 charter flights to the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby requests that U.S. citizens who are still in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu—and who wish to return to the United States as soon as possible—respond to the questionnaire at the following link. U.S. Embassy Port Moresby – Repatriation Interest Form At this time, we …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – Update on Commercial Air Options to Return to the United States

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – Update on Commercial Air Options to Return to the United States   Location:  Papua New Guinea Event:  On April 15, the U.S. Embassy published via STEP an alert to U.S. citizens about a limited window of availability for commercial air routes to return to the United States on …

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Health & Travel Alert – Possible Repatriation Flights from Honiara to Australia with Commercial Options to Onward Destinations in the United

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby – Possible Repatriation Flights from Honiara to Australia with Commercial Air Options to Onward Destinations in the United States   Location:  Solomon Islands Event:  U.S. citizens who wish to depart Solomon Islands are advised of the possibility of repatriation flights from Honiara to Sydney and Brisbane, from …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – Limited Commercial Air Options to Return to the United States

Location:  Papua New Guinea Event:  U.S. citizens who still wish to depart Papua New Guinea are urged to do so as soon as possible by taking advantage of the following limited commercial air options: Air Niugini from Port Moresby to Brisbane – Qantas or Virgin Australia from Brisbane to Los Angeles Air Niugini from Port …

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Health and Travel Alert — Rescheduled Charter Flights from Goroka and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to the United States

Location:  Goroka and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Event:  The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the rescheduling of proposed Department of State charter flights from Goroka and/or Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to the United States, now expected to depart on Thursday, April 9th. Please note this is not a commercial service and all …

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Health and Travel Alert — Rescheduled Charter Flight from Port Vila, Vanuatu, to the United States

  Location:  Port Vila, Vanuatu   Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce the rescheduling of a proposed Department of State charter flight from Port Vila, Vanuatu to the United States via Apia, Samoa.    Please note this is not a commercial service and all dates and times are still subject …

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Health and Travel Alert – Delay of Charter Flights from Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu to the United States

Location:  Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu Event:  U.S. citizens are advised that the proposed Department of State charter flights from Papua New New Guinea and Vanuatu to the United States announced on April 1, 2020 have been delayed unexpectedly.  They will not take place on April 6, 2020 as originally planned. However, we continue to plan …

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Weather Alert – Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaching Vanuatu

Location:  Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Event:  Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaching Vanuatu The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) and the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center advise that Tropical Cyclone Harold—currently over Solomon Islands—is approaching Vanuatu.  Modeling suggests Harold will likely intensify to a Category 3 cyclone as it passes over the Vanuatu Group. A severe weather warning is in effect …

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Health and Travel Alert — U.S. Department of State Charter Flight from Port Vila, Vanuatu, to the United States

Location:  Port Vila, Vanuatu Event:  U.S. citizens who wish to depart Vanuatu immediately—and who can get to Port Vila—are advised to read this message carefully and closely follow all instructions, if applicable. The U.S. Department of State is preparing, on a reimbursable basis, a potential charter flight for private U.S. citizens who wish to return …

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Health and Travel Alert — Department of State Charter Flights from Goroka and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to the United States

Location:  Goroka and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Event:  U.S. citizens who wish to depart Papua New Guinea immediately—and who can get to Goroka or Port Moresby—are advised to read this message carefully and closely follow all instructions, if applicable. The U.S. Department of State is preparing, on a reimbursable basis, potential charter flights with …

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Health and Travel Alert – Seats on Potential Charter Flight from Port Moresby to Tokyo with Commercial Airfare Options Onward to the United States

Location:  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Event:  U.S. citizens who are presently in—or who can get to—Port Moresby and who wish to depart Papua New Guinea immediately are advised to read this message closely. The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby has been advised of seat availability on a potential charter flight from Port Moresby to …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Location:  Papua New Guinea Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of domestic and international travel restrictions and flight cancellations affecting U.S. citizens attempting to depart Papua New Guinea in order to return to the United States. U.S. citizens are advised that transiting New Zealand via Australia en route to a final destination in the United …

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Health and Travel Alert — U.S. Embassy Port Moresby — Serving Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of travel restrictions and flight cancellations affecting U.S. citizens attempting to depart Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu in order to return to the United States. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to continue working with airlines and/or travel agents to …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, covering Vanuatu

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is aware of the hardship travel restrictions and flight cancellations are creating for U.S. citizens attempting to depart Vanuatu. The government of New Zealand recently announced that, for a limited window until 23:59 on Sunday, March 29, foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, needing to transit via Auckland International Airport …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Event:  The government of Papua New Guinea has confirmed a case of COVID-19 within its borders.  The governments of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within their borders. In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, government authorities continue to implement enhanced screening measures …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Location:  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Event: As of March 17, the governments of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu have not confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within their borders. Effective March 14, the government of Papua New Guinea announced additional enhanced …

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COVID-19 Information

Reviewed August 4, 2020 Due to worldwide precautions and limited resources, U.S. Embassy Port Moresby continues to prioritize emergency and mission critical consular services, particularly for U.S. citizens. Routine consular services, including the processing of non-emergency visas, remain suspended.  The Department of State and the Embassy continue to evaluate global and local conditions that would …

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U.S. Ambassador Erin Elizabeth McKee Presents Credentials to Solomon Islands Governor General

U.S. Ambassador Erin Elizabeth McKee Presents Credentials to Solomon Islands Governor General   Honiara, Solomon Islands: United States Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Erin Elizabeth McKee, today presented her credentials to Governor-General Sir David Vunagi, formally marking the beginning of her ambassadorship to Solomon Islands. “This is the culmination of my career, my foreign service journey, …

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Alert: Eruption of Mt. Ulawun in West New Britain Province

Location: Mount Ulawun, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea Event: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano began spewing ash at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Hoskins Airport is closed and the Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.  Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Darwin Volcanic …

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U.S. Embassy Consular Update – April 2019

Foreign Service Officer Test The U.S. Embassy is happy to announce that we will be offering the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) here in Papua New Guinea! The testing date will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Embassy here in Port Moresby. The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (April 1, 2019)

Location: Solomon Islands in general, but these areas in particular: Fateleka (north Malaita) Malu (north Malaita) Gizo (Western province) West Honiara Central Guadalcanal – Hells Point Event: National Elections will be held in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, April 3rd, and there will be 1040 polling booths throughout the country.  It will take between 3 …

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PRESS RELEASE – U.S. VISA FEE CHANGES

Effective March 4, 2019, the following visa reciprocity schedule for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories for Papua New Guinea citizens will come into effect.  These changes will increase the fee and/or decrease the validity for the visa categories below, and are commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Papua New Guinea on U.S. citizens. Former …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (February 13, 2019)

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (February 13, 2019) Location: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Potential Tropical Cyclone region-wide. Current for Rennell & Bellona, Makira and Temotu Provinces in the Solomon Islands; and Santo and Malakula Islands in Vanuatu Event:  Tropical Cyclone Oma – According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), …

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Security Alert for Alotau, Milne Bay Province – January 24, 2019

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 24, 2019) Location: Alotau, Milne Bay Province Event: Violence has been reported in Alotau, involving the destruction and looting of properties, the theft of a hotel ATM and the shooting deaths of a number of people. Local police have locked down the city and …

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U.S. Embassy Closed on Dec. 24th, 2018

To All U.S. Citizens, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby would like to inform the public that the Embassy will be closed on Monday, December 24th, 2018, due to the Executive Order issued on December 18th. This is in addition to the already announced Embassy closure for the public holidays on Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, …

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U.S. Embassy Consular Update – December

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season! Please note that while the Embassy will be closed on December 25 and 26, we will be open for regular business hours the rest of the month. And of course we are always available in the case of …

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Security Alert for Port Moresby – November 20, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (November 20, 2018) Location: Port Moresby and potentially other cities throughout the country. Event: Members of the PNG Police, PNG Defence Force and Correctional Services Officers marched on the Parliament Haus today, demanding immediate payment of allowances for APEC-related work. They caused damage to the …

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THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ELECTRIFICATION PARTNERSHIP

THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ELECTRIFICATION PARTNERSHIP Papua New Guinea has invited Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to work together to support its enhanced connectivity and the goal of connecting 70% of its population to electricity by 2030. Currently only about 13% of Papua New Guinea’s population have reliable access to electricity. Access …

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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, AND JAPAN ON THE TRILATERAL PARTNERSHIP FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2018 JOINT STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AUSTRALIA, AND JAPAN ON THE TRILATERAL PARTNERSHIP FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE INDO-PACIFIC Today, the governments of the United States, Australia, and Japan, sharing a commitment to maintain and promote an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, …

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United States Coast Guard to Bolster APEC Security

United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Catherine Ebert-Gray and Royal Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner and Joint Security Task Force Commander, Gary Baki, today renewed their country’s cooperative efforts towards security assistance during APEC Leader’s Week through an unprecedented memorandum of understanding between the two countries. “APEC Leader’s Week marks the culmination of Papua …

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Ambassador Ebert-Gray acknowledges PNG US Military ties

Thank you Commander Louis Allow me to extend a very special welcome to Commander Louis and his crew of the USS Michael Murphy and a tremendous shout out to the women and men in uniform from both the U.S. Navy and the PNG Defense Forces. I am so pleased to see you all here in …

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PNG Suspends Visas-on-Arrival for the Month of November

In a letter sent to all airlines Friday afternoon (Oct 12), and confirmed by the Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha Monday morning (Oct 15), the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) is imposing a temporary suspension of Visas-on-Arrival for all tourists and visitors from October 30 to November 30. This suspension will not …

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PNG, US Sign Agreement on board USS Michael Murphy

Signing Remarks of Ambassador Ebert-Gray, October 7, 2018, USS Michael  Murphy I am proud to be standing here with my now long-time friend, and trusted partner, Minister Pato. The document we just signed demonstrates the earnest intent, on behalf, of both of our governments, to deepen security links between our two nations. I am confident …

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Papua New Guinea Travel Advisory Updated – July 25, 2018

Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, and a polio outbreak. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory . Do Not Travel To: The Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province due to civil unrest. Reconsider travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. The …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby – July 13, 2018

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby – July 13, 2018 Location: Papua New Guinea On July 12, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Warning for Papua New Guinea (PNG) regarding the recent outbreak of Polio in the Morobe Province. The recent World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Polio Eradication Initiative announcements also list PNG as a Polio outbreak country. Actions to Take: The …

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: TIER 3

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: TIER 3  The Government of Papua New Guinea does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore Papua New Guinea was downgraded to Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, …

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Papua New Guinea – Updated Travel Advisory – June 2018

Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution     C U N   Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To:   ·         The Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province due to civil unrest.   Reconsider …

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Security Alert – Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province (June 20, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (June 20, 2018)   Location: Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province    Event: Recent government protests and tribal fighting have caused major destruction to government buildings and public infrastructure. Police have been unable to keep public order or prevent the destruction of property. U.S. …

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PNG Travel Advisory – Updated May 2018

Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution  –   C U N Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. the Southern Highlands, Hela, and …

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Security Alert – Increase in violence in Madang region

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea that the Embassy has temporarily limited travel for U.S. Embassy employees to the Madang region because of a sudden increase in violence following the April 2 murder of a local teacher. The town’s water supply has also been cut …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Passport Fee Increase

U.S. Passport Fee Increase   Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for …

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Travel Advisory: Update Following Recent Earthquakes in PNG

Updated Travel Advisory Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution C U N Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory . Reconsider travel to: • Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest. • The Highlands …

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Weather Alert – Potential Tropical Cyclone

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 23, 2018) Location: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Potential Tropical Cyclone region-wide. Event:  A band of low pressure south of the equator is currently present. A large low pressure system is forecast to significantly drop in pressure towards the coming weekend potentially …

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Message for American Citizens: Consular Update – December

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season! Please note that while the Embassy will be closed on December 25 and 26, we will be open for regular business hours the rest of the month. And of course we are always available in the case of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 2017-2018 South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season Travel Alert

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area. While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current south pacific tropical cyclone season begins on November 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018.  …

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Security Message: American Citizens in Solomon Islands

The United States Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea wishes to advise American citizens living in and around Honiara City to be aware of the current political situation and to avoid crowds or areas around Parliament House, the central market, and the Prime Minister’s complex. A motion of no confidence in the current government …

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Security Message: Heightened Security Precautions in Port Moresby

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises all U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea that the Embassy has temporarily tightened its security measures for U.S. Embassy employees following a recent assault on an American citizen.   The Embassy recommends that the American community in Papua New Guinea also continually review and adjust their own …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Evacuation of Ambae Island due to Volcanic Activity

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Vanuatu that the government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency on the island of Ambae, as the Monaro Volcano remains on Alert Level 4. Provincial authorities in Ambae undertook evacuations of people in high risk areas to safer areas. Over 7,000 people …

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Security Message: Ambryn Volcano Alert in Vanuatu

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Vanuatu that there in an increased danger of the Ambrym Volcano erupting. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department have issued a national advisory to the whole country and particularly to visitors and people of Ambrym that volcanic activity has increased from Level 2 to …

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