Current travel advisories for Papua New Guinea

Last Update: Monday, 15. July 2019 at 07:22

We advice caution when travelling to Papua New Guinea.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 2.6 / 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: 2.6 / 5

Papua New Guinea shares a land border with Indonesia. For this country, the Danger Index is 2.6. See danger map of the region.

Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, a polio outbreak, the aftermath of an earthquake, and kidnapping. 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 long-term effects of an earthquake in February 2018, and civil unrest. 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 at any time without warning. Police presence is limited outside of the capital Port Moresby, and police may be unable to assist due to limited resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Notice for Papua New Guinea regarding the recent outbreak of vaccine derived poliovirus in the Morobe Province. The CDC has additional information and advice on the outbreak. Travelers who have received all the routine childhood polio vaccinations as well as a single booster dose of polio vaccine as an adult have essentially no risk of infection with this vaccine derived polio that is circulating in Papua New Guinea. Malaria, tuberculosis, zika, HIV and other infectious diseases are also present. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port Moresby due to limited transportation infrastructure, and U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization before traveling to areas of concern, including Bougainville. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 2


New Zealand government

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.

Danger level: 2

Exercise increased caution / Some Risk.

New Zealand government

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel to the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces due to ongoing violent tribal clashes and post-election related unrest.

Reisewarnstufe: 4

Avoid non-essential travel / High Risk.

Canadian government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Danger level: 3

Exercise a high degree of caution.

Maltese government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the government. Moreover, the areas, together with the provinces of Enga and the Western Highlands experience an increase in tribal fighting. Outbreaks of the latter are also common Port Moresby. Tribal violence may occur with little warning and can escalate very quickly and result in the destruction of property, disruption of services, and serious injury. Travellers should avoid large crowds and public gatherings.

Danger level: 3

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas.

Irish government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
High degree of caution

Danger level: 3

High degree of caution.

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.


Country information

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Basic facts

around 6 million
Covering landmass
462,840 km²
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Note of the displayed travel advisories
These trabel 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 if a first indicator.