Papua New Guinea has already suspended the Visa on Arrival service, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week, which starts on Monday 12th November. Security will be tight ahead of the conference and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning that accommodation and transport could be difficult to find during this time. Make sure you confirm any bookings you may have and have robust contingency plans in place for any necessary travel.

Crime remains a serious issue in Port Moresby, and there have been recurring outbreaks of violence in some of the provinces, including Western Highlands, Hela, and Enga. Health concerns include polio, typhoid, and zika. If you are heading to Papua New Guinea, please make sure you have a rehearsed risk management plan in place, and you have talked to a doctor. 

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office


The Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) has announced that the Visa on Arrival (VoA) service will be suspended from 30 October until 30 November 2018 (inclusive) as part of enhanced border security measures related to APEC Leaders’ Week. During this period, all travellers can still apply and obtain a visa through Papua New Guinea Embassies and Missions abroad prior to travel.

Local travel

Heads of State and Government, Ministers and delegations from 21 countries will be in Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week from 12-18 November 2018. Transport and hotel accommodation will be scarce, and road closures and restricted access will be in place in some parts of town.

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