How Safe Is Port Moresby for Travel?

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Safety Index:
55

Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea.

The city is on the shores of the Gulf of Papua. Its population is around 300,000.

Moresby, as it is commonly known, got its name from Captain John Moresby, who arrived in 1873 as the first European visitor.

Travelers come here to see Port Moresby Nature Park (formerly The National Botanical Gardens) – it has some fantastic examples of country’s wildlife such as birds of paradise, cassowaries, tree kangaroos, multiple wallaby species, and many other native bird species.

Many reefs and wrecks are excellent for Scuba Diving. Just near to Port Moresby, diving can be arranged through day vessels.

Warnings & Dangers in Port Moresby

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Port Moresby is not a safe city. Civil uprisings and pogroms often occur here. The police can not always cope with crime; besides, the level of corruption is high. It is not recommended to walk around the city at night and alone.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

Poor road maintenance and crime make road travel dangerous. Keep windows up and doors locked. Better to have own or rented car for getting around. Avoid driving at night. Avoid travel by motorcycle, taxis and public transport.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

The risk of picketing is quite high. You should know that on the roads, bags are often pulled out of the hands of passing drivers. Do not carry a lot of cash and jewelry. Do not shine them in the streets.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

Port Moresby region is located in a seismically hazardous area. Earthquakes of high magnitude are not uncommon here. Also nearby are active volcanoes. Tropical cyclones and floods associated with them are also possible in the city.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Armed severe robberies are not uncommon here. You should be very careful when moving around this city. It is best not to walk the streets alone, to run in groups and not to go out at night. Some areas of the city should be especially avoided at any time of the day.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

In the recent history of Port Moresby, there have been no cases of terrorism. It can be said that there is minimal risk from terrorism in Port Moresby. Transnational terrorism is uncommon in Papua New Guinea.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Most fraud is related to the Internet and SMS mailing. This usually does not apply to tourists. Not so rare are scams with bank cards and scams in ATM. Make sure you withdraw money from ATM at the bank and in a safe place.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Women are not advised to travel to Port Moresby, unaccompanied. It's better do not wear immodest clothing and jewelry to avoid unwanted attention to yourself. Avoid appearing on the streets of the city at night; do not stay in bars by yourself.

So... How Safe Is Port Moresby Really?

Port Moresby is well-known for its bad reputation, and it has a high level of crime.

Most crimes in the capital of Papua New Guinea connects to the car and things stealing, armed robberies, vandalism.

Also, in Port Moresby, there is an extremely high level of bribes and corruption.

There is a lot of civil unrest in the city, and the police cannot always deal with them.

Because of bribery and corruption, the police often side with criminals.

You should always monitor your surroundings, avoid places where criminal groups gather – for example, the Vaigani district and the golf club.

When stopping at a traffic light – do not open the windows of the car and keep the vehicle closed – in these places, there are many cases of breaking the car.

There are many marine crocodiles in the coastal waters of Port Moresby. Care should be taken near and in the water.

There are dangers that isolated travelers will face as they make their way around Port Moresby.

While most parts of the city are safe, it’s best to stay in groups and avoid traveling at night.

It’s not rare for people to occasionally get into violent confrontations with some locals.

Criminals often use ‘bush knives’ (machetes) and guns.

Always be alert to your surroundings.

Avoid going out after dark.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A foreign national wishing to enter Papua New Guinea must obtain a visa in one of the country's diplomatic missions unless they are a citizen of one of the countries eligible for visa on arrival or eVisa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for six months.
  • Currency - The kina is official the currency of Papua New Guinea. It has code: PGK, the currency symbol: K. It is divided into 100 toea. The kina was introduced on 19 May 1975.
  • Weather - The best times to visit Port Moresby for ideal weather are June to November. Average temperatures in Port Moresby vary barely at all and feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.
  • Airports - Jacksons International Airport, also known as Port Moresby Airport, is an international airport located 8 kilometers outside Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. It is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea. The airport also serves as the main hub for Papua New Guinea Air and Travel Air.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Port Moresby Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 28° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 27° C
Apr 27° C
May 27° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 28° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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313030303029292929303131
Low
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242424242424232323242424
High
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888686868684848484868888
Low
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757575757575737373757575

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