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Papua New Guinea Travel Advice

Papua New Guinea is in Oceania, group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia

On August 10, 2018, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued the following Papua New Guinea travel Advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Hela and Southern Highlands provinces following significantly increased levels of tribal fighting and the declaration of states of emergency by the Papua New Guinea government.

There has also been heavier than usual tribal fighting in Enga and Western Highlands provinces following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February 2018. If you’re planning to travel to these provinces, you should take greater care than usual and consider enhanced security precautions.

Outbreaks of tribal violence may occur with little warning and may escalate very quickly. You should avoid large crowds and public gatherings as they may turn violent.

There is a high level of serious and violent crime. Law and order is poor or very poor in many parts of the country. Pay close attention to your personal security, particularly after dark, and monitor the media for possible new security risks.

Carjacking is an ever present threat, particularly in Port Moresby and Lae. Lock car doors and keep windows up at all times. If possible travel in convoy or with a security escort after dark.

UK health authorities have classified Papua New Guinea as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

Papua New Guinea is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones and flash flooding.

Although there’s is no recent history of terrorism in Papua New Guinea, attacks can’t be ruled out.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Most visits are trouble free.

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