Following a clash between the security forces, opportunistic looting and armed robberies affected many parts of Port Moresby from 6 to 8 December. Take great care in Port Moresby until the situation returns to normal and remain vigilant as higher levels of seasonal criminality are expected until the end of the year. Mount Hagen is also tense following the killing of a police officer on 6 December.
The situation at Wutung on the border with Indonesia remains tense following recent clashes between the OPM (Free Papua Movement) and the Indonesian authorities. There have been reports that the Indonesian military and the OPM have been engaging in gun battles. In response the Papua New Guinean government has strengthened its defence units at its Wutung border post. You should take extreme care and be prepared for possible sudden closure of the border crossing.