Travel Advisory: Update Following Recent Earthquakes in PNG

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Updated Travel Advisory

Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution C U N

Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:
• Areas near the Panguna mine in Bougainville due to civil unrest.
• The Highlands region due to the aftermath of recent earthquakes.

Violent crime, such as gang-rape, carjacking, home invasions, kidnappings, and armed robberies, is common. Tensions between communal or clan groups may result in violence.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of major population centers and in the southern part of Bougainville, Porgera Mine area, Lae, Mt. Hagen, Southern Highlands, and Hela Province as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to those areas.

Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.

If you decide to travel to Papua New Guinea:
• Avoid using local taxis or buses, known as public motor vehicles or PMVs.
• Travel with guides from a reputable tour company, particularly if you plan to hike.
• Avoid walking or driving at night.
• Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
• Review the Crime and Safety Report for Papua New Guinea.
• U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Areas Near the Panguna Mine

The Autonomous Government of Bougainville has designated areas near the mine as “no go zones” due to the risk of violence and civil unrest. Bougainville police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The Highlands

An earthquake has damaged infrastructure and disrupted local services.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Upcoming Consular Services

The Consular Section is happy to report that we will be providing Consular services in Wewak on March 15-16. We will be visiting the New Tribes Mission facility, and invite all other U.S. citizens who need any type of services to make an appointment. Please contact either the NTM coordinator directly, or the Consular section.

Contact information for NTM in Wewak:

Brandon Buser
Coordinator NTM-Sepik
western-coordinator@ntmpng.org

Stay In Touch

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.

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.