Handy tips and visitor information to make vacation planning easy

Planning a vacation to the Papua New Guinea. Then you need to read our helpful tips and useful visitor information to ensure you make the most of your upcoming holiday.

Visas & useful Visitor Information

Upon entering Papua New Guinea visitors can apply for a one month vissa with a for a valid passport, a valid return or onward ticket and sufficient funds to finance your stay. You can demonstrate this with cash, travelers checks or a credit card. Upon arrival, an “Arrival Card” “be filled with personal data; This is already being distributed on board the aircraft.

Although there are no formal requirements with respect to mandatory vaccinations for entry, we advise you to be vaccinated against tetanus. Although the chance of getting malaria is very small, it is still advisable to carry a prescription of prophylaxis before departure at your local health (malaria tablets).

On arrival the traveler is asked for an explanation on any brought food, plants and products of animal origin. To protect the pristine nature and agriculture knows French Polynesia strict regulations regarding the importation of food, animals and plants.

International Departure in Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby International Airport is located 15km outside the city center. Both international and domestic flights are carried out at this airport.

These airlines conduct international flights:

Air Niugini (Brisbane, Cairns, Honiara, Hong Kong, Nadi, Noumea and Sydney)
Qantas (Brisbane and Cairns [Australia])
Solomom Airlines (Honiara [Solomon Islands])
Virgin Australia (Sydney [Australia])

All other airports and airstrips only serve the domestic air traffic.

The electricity in Papua New Guinea is 240V / 50Hz. The sockets are three pin, identical to those in use in Australia and New Zealand.

Duty Free
In addition to items of a personal nature (clothing, photographic equipment, etc.) Visitors may import tax on these items.

Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars, respectively. a combination of tobacco products whose weight does not exceed 250g
Alcoholic drinks 2 liters of wine and 1.5 liters of spirits
Perfumery: 250 ml eau de toilet and 100 ml perfume
Other items with a total value of 600 Kina

Entertainment & Night Life
Only in Port Moresby, Madang and Lae will you find a decent nightlife (restaurants, bars and discos). There is a casino located in Port Moresby. Most tourists, however, continue in the evening in their hotel to dine and socialize in the bar. Some hotels offer on certain nights of the week, a traditional dance show. Outside the larger cities and on the outer islands you will not find a “Western nightlife”.

Food & Drink
In Port Moresby, Lae and Madang and most larger hotels boast a choice of restaurants. Also covered in Port Moresby and Lae are a variety of fast food restaurants, local “takeaways” and small local restaurants. The dress code is usually informal “Casual”, although in upscale restaurants resorts sometimes evening dress is appreciated. Outside the larger cities and you are reliant on the outer islands in the restaurant of your accommodation.

As the islands of Papua New Guinea are surrounded by the ocean, you will find on the menu, lots of tuna and other large sea fish on and shellfish and tropical fruit. In traditional cuisine sweet potato and cassava is very typical (both the root and the leaves).

If you have your laptop or smartphone along on your trip, you can use it in certain places using a wifi connection.

If you want to access the internet on the go, that you need to purchase a SIM card (or dongle) for the UMTS network. These are for sale in the shops of the major telecom providers (such as Telstra and Vodafone). Along the main routes and in most places the mobile reception is good.

Currency & costs

The local currency is the kina. Kina is divided into 100 toea. There are coins of 1K, 50t, 20t, 10t and 5t (1t and 2t are taken out of circulation since 2007). There are notes of 100K, 50K, 20K, 10K, 5K and 2K.

Euro, US dollars and other western currencies and travelers checks can be exchanged at banks and major hotels normally. The big hotels accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express).

In Papua New Guinea, the banking system is fairly developed. In Port Moresby, Alotau, Lae, Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Mount Hagen and on each island you will find (in the main town) a bank, usually with cash machine (ATM).

In Port Moresby will find many banks, such as Westpac and ANZ bank, where you can do your banking. Opening hours are: Mon-Fri 8.30 am 16.00. Only at the airport in Port Moresby will find an ATM in the arrivals hall.

In principle, tipping is not mandatory, but if you have received exceptional service then you can express your appreciation by giving a small tip. Service charges and taxes are generally included in the price.

When to go

If you want to discover both sides of the island in good weather, it is best to stay for the months of May, June, October and November.

What to wear for the climate
When you plan your visit to the Papua New Guinea it is best to bring light summer clothing. When visiting a local village residents make sure not to show up in swimwear, but with shirt or t-shirt.

Consider a thin raincoat (for walks) and plastic sandals or reef shoes (for protection against coral). Bring a hat or cap to protect against the sun. The shops will otherwise provide virtually everything that you need to enjoy your holiday.

Festivals and Events
In the highlands of Papua New Guinea are several major festivals each year, which can often be very difficult for hotel accommodation.

18 to 21 July 2012: National Mask Festival
8 and 9 August 2012: Crocodile Festival (Ambunti)
August 12, 2012: Mount Hagen Show
14 and September 16, 2012: Goroka Show
27 and 28 October 2012: Morobe Show
2 to 4 November 2012: Canoe & Kundu Festival (Alotau)

Getting there

Port Moresby International Airport is located 15km outside the city center. Both international and domestic flights carried out at this airport. These airlines conduct international flights:

Air Niugini (Brisbane, Cairns, Honiara, Hong Kong, Nadi, Noumea and Sydney)
Qantas (Brisbane and Cairns [Australia])
Solomom Airlines (Honiara [Solomon Islands])
Virgin Australia (Sydney [Australia])

All other airports and airstrips only serve the domestic air traffic.

Getting around

The distances in Papua New Guinea are often gigantic and the roads are often in poor condition.

In all towns and on most islands public buses are available. The bus services are driven by private companies. The buses usually have all the windows open, are often crowded and make many stops making a journey of 100 km can take 3 to 4 hours.

Health & safety

The climate in Papua New Guinea is pleasant, therefore you usually do not need to take any special medical precautions. However, the best you can go to your family doctor for specific advice.

Papua New Guinea has almost no dangerous or poisonous animals. The most dangerous animal is probably the shark. Inside the reefs in the lagoon from time to time you will see small harmless reef sharks. The larger shark species – such as the hammer head, tiger shark and white shark – like deep water so you are only likely to encounter if you are scuba diving outside of the lagoon.

Remember that the coral is sharp. To prevent sores and possible infections, we recommend that you wear plastic sandals or reef shoes when you are walking or in shallow water over coral is swimming over the coral. If you have to cut the coral the risk of infection is very large, do not wait to long to use antibiotics.

Water in Papua New Guinea
Tap water is generally safe to drink on French Polynesia, but chlorinated. For safety, however, we advise you to boil your drinking water or buy bottled water.

Sunburn in Papua New Guinea
French Polynesia is located in the tropics, the air is not polluted and pure. This brings strong solar radiation unhindered on earth. Head covering and a sunscreen with a high protection factor is so highly recommended.

Country Profile

The population of Papua New Guinea 7.321 million.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world; 848 languages are listed for the country, of which 12 have no known living speakers.