Dangers & Annoyances
Foreigners are rarely targets or victims of violence in Papua, but stay abreast of current events and ask the police if you have concerns about particular places.
- Outbreaks of civil unrest and violence do occur, but they shouldn’t deter you from visiting unless the current situation changes.
- Avoid political demonstrations, which sometimes turn violent.
Outbreaks of civil unrest often involve the Organisasi Papua Merdeka (Free Papua Organisation; OPM) or the Indonesian army or the police. Many of these incidents occur in remote parts of the highlands (the Carstensz Pyramid area was particularly unstable at the time of research) or around the Freeport mine near Timika, although the Baliem Valley and the Jayapura areas also see some violence.