PORT MORESBY – In the wake of a recent assault and hijacking of an American citizen, the United States embassy in Papua New Guinea has temporarily tightened security measures for its employees in Port Moresby.
The embassy has also recommended that the American community everywhere in PNG “review and adjust” its own security measures.
Embassy personnel have been “strongly advised” to carry cell phones and two-way radios when travelling in their own vehicles in Port Moresby at any time of the day.
They have also been strongly advised not to travel alone in personal vehicles after dark and the embassy has totally prohibited the use of personal vehicles are between 10pm and 5am.
In a grim warning the embassy has told its personnel “to exercise additional caution when approaching police checkpoints and to make radio/telephone contact if needed for immediate mobile patrol response”.
The embassy has further strongly recommended that US citizens “travelling to or residing in [Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands or Vanuatu] enrol in the US Smart Traveller Enrolment Program at www.travel.state.gov to receive the latest security updates.