Current travel advisories for Papua New Guinea

Last Update: Wednesday, 16. June 2021 at 08:28

Please reconsider your need to travel to Papua New Guinea.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.2 / 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: 4.1 / 5

Papua New Guinea shares a land border with Indonesia. For this country, the Danger Index is 4.1. See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 18,933 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 209 reported deaths associated with the disease in Papua New Guinea.


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses. Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here. We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

Danger level: 0


Finnish government


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..

Canadian government


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.

Australian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
To depart PNG for Australia, you must have a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of your travel. If you’re departing on a commercial flight from Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby, you must undertake a COVID-19 PCR test before boarding your flight. This test is free and meets your COVID-19 test requirement to enter Australia. Check with your airline for details and arrive at the airport early. If you or someone you’re travelling with tests positive for COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to travel to Australia unless you have proof you’re no longer unwell. There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in most districts and provinces. COVID-19 is a serious health risk and is impacting the capacity of local health services. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of infection. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Papua New Guinea due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. 

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

US American government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Do not travel to Papua New Guinea due to COVID-19, crime, civil unrest, health concerns, natural disasters, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not issued a Travel Health Notice for Papua New Guinea for COVID-19, indicating an unknown level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place, including third-country transit requirements, affecting U.S. citizen entry and exit in Papua New Guinea. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea. Reconsider travel to: Bougainville, particularly areas near the Panguna mine, due to civil unrest. The Highlands region due to civil unrest. Areas in the vicinity of Mt. Ulawun on the island of New Britain due to natural disaster. Country Summary: Violent crime, including sexual assault, carjackings, 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. Public demonstrations, especially in population centers, are common and may turn violent. Even peaceful demonstrations may present opportunities for criminal elements or other actors to exacerbate local political tensions. On August 21, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Level 2 Travel Notice for Papua New Guinea regarding an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus in the Morobe Province. Refer to the CDC for additional information and advice on the outbreak. 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 special authorization before traveling to areas of concern, including Bougainville. Read the country information page.

Danger level: 5


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.


Country information

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Basic facts

around 6 million
Covering landmass
462,840 km²
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Airports in Papua New Guinea (extern)


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 4.2 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 4.1. 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!