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 off after equipment was damaged in the fighting.

This is in addition to the limitations already in place on travel to Tari, in the Hela Province, and other areas of the Highlands which were recently devastated by a major 7.5 earthquake and continuing aftershocks. The effects of the earthquake have led to large-scale population displacement in the region, fueling tribal violence. The United Nations and the International Organization on Migration (IOM) have both temporarily pulled their teams out of the region and suspended relief efforts until the security situation improves.

The Embassy recommends that the American community in Papua New Guinea also continually review and adjust personal security measures.

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) at 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.

Stay up-to-date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information and follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.

You can obtain updated information on security conditions 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.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is located on Douglas Street, National Capital District and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 675-321-1455 or 675-321-0289.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is 675-7200-9439.