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January 12, 2024

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (January 12, 2024) 


Location: Papua New Guinea  

Event: The government of Papua New Guinea announced a 14-day state of emergency January 11 following widespread looting and rioting in the National Capital District and other regions in Papua New Guinea.  While reports indicate the situation has largely calmed, tensions remain high, and the situation could change at a moment’s notice. 

Many local businesses are damaged or destroyed, including fuel stations and grocery stores, and may not be operating.  For the businesses that are open, there could be large, unpredictable crowds and a tense and unsettled atmosphere.  Stores that are open may close early or have sporadic hours. 

Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby remains operational, but travelers should confirm flights with their airlines.   

U.S. government personnel are strongly discouraged from any nonessential travel or movements.  The U.S. Embassy remains fully operational but offered staff early dismissal January 12 if needed to access open stores, whose operating hours are limited.  The Embassy will be closed Monday, January 15, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday.  A duty officer is available in case of emergency at all times through the contact information below. 


Actions to Take:  

  • Avoid all non-essential travel, conserve fuel.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings of people.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Keep your cellphone charged.
  • Assess food and water stocks.  Determine if you have enough supplies to last until business returns to normal.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Avoid walking or driving at night.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Review your personal security plans. 



U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby  

+(675) 308-9100