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Message for U.S. Citizens: Papua New Guinea / Solomon Islands / Vanuatu Holiday Safety Notice
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December 1, 2023

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season.

It’s the time of the year where, historically, worldwide threats of attacks and crime rates increase during the holidays. This region is no exception and previously has seen a surge in violent crimes during the holiday seasons where criminals are bolder and willing to commit riskier crimes. A criminal act can occur at any time and any place; extra care and caution is important.

As a reminder, personal security begins and ends with you. Good situational awareness accompanied with an adherence to these recommendations below significantly reduces your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Please consider some of these helpful tips in making your season a safe one:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Make sure to use your alarms (home and vehicle) consistently.
  • When you drive, make sure all windows are up and doors locked.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and any circumstance that may appear concerning. At home, lock your doors and store valuables in a safe space.
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry while out making holiday purchases or discuss finances in public.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • December is usually wet season and driving during evenings/dusk can be a traffic hazard. Vehicle accidents are common, and the situation can be aggravated with increased ‘drink driving/driving under the influence of liquor’.
  • When your vehicle is parked, make sure all packages or items are concealed.
  • When returning to your vehicles, keep your hands as free as possible and your car key at the ready.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby

Harbour City Road, Konedobu P.O. Box 1492

Port Moresby, NCD 121

Papua New Guinea

Phone number: +675-308-9100

After Hours for American Citizens: +675-7200-1111

Email address: ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov

Embassy website: https://pg.usembassy.gov/

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in our Consular district (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands or Vanuatu) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates.  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or consular agency. The Embassy also uses this list to notify Americans of potential holiday and other activities.

Read the Country Information Pages for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, which contain current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.

Follow us on the Embassy Facebook page, or on the State Department Facebook and Twitter sites.

You can obtain also obtain assistance from the State Department in Washington D.C. by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).