The question of safety remains fundamental in Papua New Guinea. The capital Port Moresby is considered the fifth most dangerous city in the world. Armed attacks, thefts and racketeering are frequent. The mountain regions and the big cities are particularly dangerous. It is out of the question to go out after 5pm. Road travel at night is very risky and mobs of gangs represent a potential danger.
On this subject, you can read the travelers’ advisory from the New Zealand government:
Our first mission is to guarantee the safety of the operators in the field. When we organize a shoot, we take the maximum of precautions and opt for the best safety conditions. Informal bodyguards are indispensable in the mountains. On some routes and in certain periods a police escort will be necessary. We avoid traveling at night. A route or an entire region can become dangerous from one day to the next. Our teams are always attentive to changes in safety conditions and – to the utmost possible – accompanied by a representative from the region or community in which we are traveling. Without being paranoid, we always remain prudent and vigilant.