Port Moresby has a big safety question mark over it at the best of times. The rascals and a general level of lawlessness means crime is very high in the capital.
The current political deadlock is only adding to that lawlessness and instability.
However, having said that, the current incidents are concentrated around government buildings and involving government officials - it's not like they're raiding hotels and hunting don foreigners. If you stick to your hotel and to popular/busy tourist destinations (during daylight hours) and stay well away from any public gathering or protest, you should be relatively safe.
But there's always a chance the situation could deteriorate, so I'd keep an eye on the news. If you're intending to be there soon, try giving your hotel a call and ask them about the security situation around their premises, if they're taking extra precautions and what their plan is if things do get worse. If they don't have any answers to those questions maybe you should think of switching to another hotel which does have your safety in mind.
Phil over 6 years ago
I second Phil.
Having travelled to PNG recently (and loving it) as a single female, I found that I was always on my guard and aware of everything that was going on. I love PNG but probably wouldn't be going there until the government situation was stable.
Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul are pretty scary places at the best of times, but with the current political unrest it may be worth considering delaying your travel. Have you reviewed your government website on travel precautions?
If you are travelling for work, have you had a security debrief by a reputable organisation? over 6 years agoAnswered by Lisa via WorldNomads.com