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 security measures.

The Embassy has established the following temporary measures until further notice:

  • Embassy personnel are strongly advised to carry cell phones and radios when traveling in personally-owned vehicles (POVs) in Port Moresby.
  • Embassy personnel are strongly advised not to travel alone in POVs after dark, and use of POVs are prohibited between 10pm and 5am.
  • Embassy personnel are to exercise additional caution when approaching police checkpoints and to make radio/telephone contact if needed for immediate mobile patrol response.

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 travel.state.gov 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.

Remember to stay up-to-date by also 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, our U.S. Embassy Port Morsby Facebook page 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.