SI Chief Magistrate on U.S. Judicial System Program

SI Chief Magistrate on U.S. Judicial System Program   Honiara, Solomon Islands: Chief Magistrate of the Solomon Islands Central Magistrate Court, Emma Garo is the latest participant in the U.S. Embassy’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on “The U.S. Judicial System – Protecting Women and Children,” from July 29 to August 16, 2019.  Chief Magistrate …

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Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea

Provincial participants awarded for Tsunami Training in Papua New Guinea   Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: This week has been an intense week (4-9 August 2019) of tsunami training for up to 50 national and provincial participants at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby. The Unites States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pacific Tsunami …

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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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DPAA Ceremony Honors American Servicemen: Papua New Guinea Repatriation, 2019

DPAA Ceremony Honors American Servicemen: Papua New Guinea Repatriation, 2019 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The Government of the United States of America hosted a repatriation ceremony for the remains of service members killed in action in Papua New Guinea during World War II. The U.S. Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Accounting …

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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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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: 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: Decompression Chamber in PNG now in Working Order

Attention scuba divers residing in or travelling to Papua New Guinea. On 09 August 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby published a message to U.S. citizens noting the indefinite closing of the hyperbaric decompression chamber located in Port Moresby. The Embassy now confirms that the hyperbaric decompression chamber located at the Tropicair hangar at Jacksons International …

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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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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus in Solomon Islands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for the Solomon Islands regarding the risk of Zika virus infection.  Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their medical provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to the Solomon Islands. Men whose partners are pregnant or are …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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New Passport Application Requirements

Social Security number now required for all passport applications Effective October 1, a Social Security number (SSN) will be required for all passport applications.  This requirement comes from the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  The FAST Act requires passports to be denied and/or revoked for persons with seriously delinquent tax debt and/or those …

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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections #4

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8. U.S. citizens who want to participate in …

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Ongoing Violence in Lae

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby informs U.S. citizens that there are reports of continued violence and street protests in the city of Lae. Newspapers and radio stations reported more than 400 youths around Lae City attacked market vendors Tuesday morning. One man has been killed, and the main Highlands Highway into Lae has been …

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Changes to Consular Fees

The Department of State is publishing an interim final rule that makes changes to the passport book fees and fees related to the relinquishment of nationality. In addition, on October 4, 2015 the Department will lower the processing fee for the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens under age 15 whose parent or guardian …

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Tsunami Threat Forecast

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting our consular district – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – of a Tsunami Threat Forecast.  Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible along some coasts of all three countries.  Actual amplitudes …

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Police and University of Goroka Students Clash in Goroka Town, Eastern Highlands Province

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby informs U.S. citizens of recent press reports indicating clashes occurred between law enforcement and University of Goroka students in Goroka Town on August 27, 2015. According to media reports, police attempted to prevent students from holding a public protest at the Provincial Government House in the Yanepa Building. As …

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Information on disposition of remains in Vanuatu

The following general information is provided to assist families in making initial decisions in case of death of their loved one.  Indicated costs are estimates and should be considered as guides only.  These estimates also relate only to costs incurred in Vanuatu.  U.S. funeral home costs would be handled separately. Part II.  U.S. Embassy Port …

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Post-storm Conditions in Vanuatu

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby advises U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Vanuatu to exercise a high degree of caution, due to considerable devastation across the archipelago in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam.  While the airport is functioning normally, many of Vanuatu’s provinces are flooded and inaccessible, and significant infrastructure damage has …

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Tropical Cyclone Pam

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu of category 1 Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, currently located 745 nautical miles northwest of Fiji.  The storm will likely bring heavy rain that may result in flooding in coastal areas.  The Solomon Islands Meteorological …

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Possible Hanuabada Demonstration

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby informs U.S. citizens that a large demonstration may take place near the Badihagwa and “Bypass” Road roundabout and the road into Hanuabada Village in Port Moresby’s National Capital District on January 27, 28 and 29.  Demonstrators have indicated their intention to peacefully demonstrate against the alleged police shooting of …

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