Current travel advisories for Papua New Guinea

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Last Update: Monday, 27. May 2024 at 08:00

Please reconsider your need to travel to Papua New Guinea.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.8 / 5

Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania (Melanesia) with around 6 million citizens and a land mass of 462,840 km². We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.4 / 5

Papua New Guinea shares a land border with Indonesia. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.4. See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports of no cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government

Quelle: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/papua-new-guinea

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Papua New Guinea due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest (level 2 of 4).

Danger level: 2

Exercise increased caution / Some Risk.

New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/papua-new-guinea

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Reisewarnstufe: 0

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New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/papua-new-guinea

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel to the Hela, Enga and Southern Highlands provinces due to ongoing violent tribal clashes and politically motivated unrest (level 3 of 4).

Reisewarnstufe: 4

Avoid non-essential travel / High Risk.

Finnish government

Quelle: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/PG

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Risken för brottslighet är mycket stor. Naturkatastrofer och politiska oroligheter kan förekomma.

Danger level: 3

Travel with higher caution..

US American government

Quelle: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/papua-new-guinea-travel-advisory.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Reissued after periodic review with minor edits. Reconsider travel to Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, and piracy. Exercise increased caution due to kidnapping, unexploded ordnance, inconsistent availability of healthcare services, and potential for natural disasters. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Central Bougainville, particularly areas near the Panguna mine, due to civil unrest. The Highlands region, other than the towns of Mt. Hagen and Goroka, due to civil unrest. Country Summary: Violent crime, including sexual assault, carjackings, home invasions, and armed robberies, is common. There have been reports of criminals attacking resorts popular with foreign tourists to steal goods and money. Tensions between communal or tribal groups may lead to civil unrest involving violence and can occur without warning. Police presence is limited outside of the capital, Port Moresby, and police may be unable to assist due to limited resources. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port Moresby due to limited transportation infrastructure. U.S. government employees must obtain authorization before traveling to areas of concern, including the central part of Bougainville and the provinces of Southern Highlands, Western Highlands (excluding Mt. Hagen), Eastern Highlands (excluding Goroka), Hela, Enga, Jiwaka, and other areas of Papua New Guinea where one is unable to fly directly. Piracy is active in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea. Travelers by boat should reconsider travel to the Bismarck and Solomon Seas along Papua New Guinea's north and eastern coasts. In 2021 and 2022, the Embassy was aware of at least three occasions in which sailboats operated by or carrying U.S. citizens were boarded by criminals. The criminals, who have been known to use physical violence, robbed the boats, and in one incident, severely injured the captain when he attempted to fight back. Visit our website on International Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea. Kidnapping for ransom or political influence occurs in Papua New Guinea, though foreign nationals are not frequently targeted. In February 2023, a foreign citizen was kidnapped. In late 2022, foreign citizens employed by an international company were kidnapped and held for several days.   Travelers should exercise increased caution when traveling in remote areas of Papua New Guinea due to the presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) remaining from World War II. UXO is discovered infrequently throughout the country, often on smaller islands. Papua New Guinea has inconsistent availability of healthcare services which may be difficult to obtain outside of Port Moresby. Pharmaceuticals may be scarce or unavailable. Papua New Guinea is subject to periodic seismic activity and is home to several active volcanoes. The country does experience regular volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. U.S. citizens are advised to familiarize themselves with volcano updates, earthquake tracking, and tsunami warnings in Papua New Guinea. U.S. citizens should develop contingency plans in the event of an eruption or major earthquake.   Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Papua New Guinea.

Danger level: 4

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Canadian government

Quelle: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/papua-new-guinea

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Danger level: 4

Avoid non-essential travel.

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


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Country information

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Basic facts

Citizens
around 6 million
Covering landmass
462,840 km²
Electricity
240V - 50Hz
Currency
Kina (PGK)
ISO 2-Letter Code
PG
Phone prefix
+675
Top Level Domain
.pg
Mobile frequencies (MHz)
900

Airports in Papua New Guinea (extern)

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Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Papua New Guinea.

Is Papua New Guinea safe to travel in 2020?

There are some travel advisories for Papua New Guinea. With a risk index of 3.8 out of 5 possible point, we suggest you consult your local authorities before booking a flight.

How many countries have issued advisories for Papua New Guinea?

We currently know of 5 countries having issued advisories for Papua New Guinea.

What countries does Papua New Guinea share land borders with?

Papua New Guinea shares a land border with Indonesia. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.4. See danger map of the region.


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!