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 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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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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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 – 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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Upcoming Consular Services – Date Change

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A Consular Officer will be in Port Vila on Friday, April 20th (not Thursday) from 10am – Noon at Jill’s Café (downtown Port Vila). Please contact the Consular Section to make a specific appointment time. The consular section may not have …

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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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News from the Consular Section

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving this Thursday, and hope you can spend it with family and friends wherever you are in the world! Please know that we are here for you if you need us, and we are always happy to hear “good news” from you, as well as assisting with …

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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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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Unrest in Honiara, Solomon Islands

The United States Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea wishes to advise American citizens living in and around Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, 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 …

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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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Message for U.S. Citizens: No Decompression Chamber in PNG

Attention scuba divers residing in or travelling to Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby has confirmed that the hyperbaric decompression chamber located in Port Moresby is currently closed and disabled, with no timeline for when it will be reactivated. The chamber is located at the Port Moresby Medical Clinic, but is owned …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer coming to the Highlands

Greetings U.S. Citizens residing in Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to the Highlands for consular related services. A consular officer will be visiting the following locations: The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) on Monday, August 21 in Ukarumpa The New Tribes Mission (NTM) on …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Officer coming to Vanuatu

Greetings U.S. Citizens residing in Vanuatu, The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A consular officer will be in Port Vila on Tuesday, August 15th at Jill’s Café (downtown Port Vila). We will have appointment times from 10:00-12:00 am. Please contact us immediately to reserve a specific …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections and Personal Security

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Papua New Guinea to exercise caution in and around election-related facilities as counting gets underway following the PNG 2017 General Election voting period. Election facilities, such as counting centers, can be gathering points where large crowds assemble. We also take this opportunity to remind …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu

Greetings U.S. Citizens residing in Vanuatu, We hope you have all weathered Cyclone Donna without injury or damage, and wish everyone a speedy recovery! The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to Vanuatu. A Consular Officer will be in Port Vila on Tuesday, May 23 at Jill’s Café (downtown …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Warning for Vanuatu

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Vanuatu of a tropical cyclone developing within the next 24 hours. The potential has been rated “High” by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Vanuatu has had significant rain over the last two days and now there is heavy …

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