The security situation in the Southern Highlands and Hela provinces of Papua New Guinea has been deteriorating for several months. The US, UK and Australian Governments are warning against travel to the region in the wake of the most recent violence.

From the US Embassy in Port Moresby (issued June 20th 2018) –

Location: Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province 

Event: Recent government protests and tribal fighting have caused major destruction to government buildings and public infrastructure. Police have been unable to keep public order or prevent the destruction of property.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to these two regions until further notice. 

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the Southern Highlands Province and Hela Province 
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds. 
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Keep a low profile.      
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Make contingency plans to leave.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

Please click through for the Embassy’s website and contact information.

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