Papua New Guinea – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Advisory Issued May 30, 2018

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 Southern Highlands, Hela, and Enga Provinces due to the aftermath of an earthquake.

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.

Demonstrations, protests, political rallies, and large public gatherings can begin at any time without notice, and some protests have resulted in injuries and deaths.

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 demonstrations and crowds.
  • 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.

Southern Highlands, Hela, and Enga Provinces

An earthquake has damaged infrastructure and disrupted local services.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Originally Published: May 30, 2018

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