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 rainfall expected over Northern and Central Vanuatu group in the next 48 hours. There is a strong wind warning for all coastal waters off Vanuatu, and the system is slow-moving which is very unfortunate as the ground is still saturated from Cyclone Cook.

The local Peace Corps office in Port Vila is constantly monitoring the situation and is preparing for a cyclone. They are notifying all their Volunteers throughout Vanuatu to prepare for a big storm, and are moving personnel off of the island of Pele and from the village of Epau into Port Vila.

We urge U.S. citizens to consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center websites for the latest weather information.  Tell family and friends in the United States of your whereabouts, and keep in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for information about flooding, including possible evacuation and shelter information.  You should protect your travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could delay or otherwise complicate your return to the United States.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Please note the U.S. Embassy does not have a full-time presence in Vanuatu, and all Embassy personnel must travel from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (which can take up to two days) to reach Port Vila.

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Solomon Islands Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby located at Douglas Street, National Capital District, at + 675 321-1455 or 675 321-0289, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal/PNG Holiday). After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +675 7200-3439.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).