On 18 January 2024, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The government of Papua New Guinea announced a 14-day state of emergency on January 11, 2024, following widespread looting and rioting in the National Capital District and other regions in Papua New Guinea. While reports indicate the situation has largely calmed, tensions remain high, and the situation could change at a moment’s notice. The state of emergency does not include a curfew, but restricts public gatherings, limits the sale of alcohol, and gives law enforcement additional authority to stop and search individuals, vehicles, and premises.
“Many local businesses are damaged or destroyed, including fuel stations and grocery stores, and may not be operating. For the businesses that are open, there could be large, unpredictable crowds and a tense and unsettled atmosphere. Stores that are open may close early or have sporadic hours. Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby remains operational, but travelers should confirm flights with their airlines as there have been reports of flight cancellations or delays.”