Visiting Papua New Guinea

Adventure

In this section you will find all you need to know when visiting Papua New Guinea, so you will arrive well prepared for your holiday: 

  • Visa requirements
  • Airport
  • Customs and Quarantine
  • Currency
  • Credit Cards
  • Value Added Tax (Vat)
  • Business Hours
  • Climate
  • Dress
  • Tipping
  • Transportation
  • Electrical Voltage
  • Health Regulations
  • Medical Services
  • Public Holidays
  • Religion
  • Telecommunication
  • Time Zone
  • Media
  • Trekkers

Passport & Visa Information

Tourist Visas for Australian Citizens are available on arrival in Papua New Guinea at no cost or tourists can apply for visa prior to arriving in PNG.  

A 60 day tourist visa is required for all Australian passport holders and must be obtained prior to departure from a PNG consulate in Sydney, Brisbane or Canberra. It usually takes 2-3 days to receive visa documentation once the application, payment and supporting documents are received.

For procedures please refer to: www.pngcanberra.org


How to apply for PNG visa? 
  • Complete and sign the correct application form (http://www.pngcanberra.org/pdf/application.PDF)
  • Attach one passport size photograph (for APEC Business Applications and Permanent Resident Application please provide two photos)  
  • Provide any other documentary information as requested (refer to the appropriate entry category)
  • Send or deliver your application to the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission together with your valid passport.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of intended travel.

Where to apply?
Your application form, passport and supporting documents should be lodged at one of the following Australian Locations:

Canberra
Papua New Guinea High Commission
39-41 Forster Crescent
Yarralumla ACT 2600
P O Box E6317
Kingston, ACT 2604
Tel: (05 612) 6273 3322
Fax: (05 612) 6273 3732
Email: kundu@pngcanberra.org
Business Hours: 09:00 – 17:00

Brisbane
Papua New Guinea Consulate General
320 Adelaide Street
Christie Centre, Level 11/Suite 8
GPO Box 220
Brisbane QLD 4001

Tel: (05 617) 3221 7915 / 3221 8064 (Visa)
Fax: (05 617) 3229 6084
Email: pngcg@kundubne.org

Sydney
Papua New Guinea Consulate General
Level 2, 222 Clarence Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
P O Box A2273
Sydney South, NSW 123
Ph: (02) 92839020/(02) 92832070
Fax: (02) 92835424
Email: pngcg@kundusyd.org

All Tourist Visas must be lodged to the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division at least one month prior to departure.

Fees
There is no charge for a 60 day tourist visa to PNG when applied for in Australia

Please note that all Australian Passport holders need to obtain their visa prior to arrival in Papua New Guinea. Could all travellers who are not familiar with the process for obtaining visa’s for Papua New Guinea please take note of the information below and visit the Papua New Guinea High Commission’s website - http://www.pngcanberra.org/visas/

 Accommodation Address in Port Moresby

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cnr Hunter & Douglas Streets, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Phone: +675 309 3000

 Cost for a visa

  • $0 – Tourist Visa (no application fee)
  • $215 – single entry business visa
  • $435 – Multiple Entry Business visa (12 months period commences on first arrival)

You will need travel documents, sufficient funds for your stay in the country and airline ticket with confirmed outbound flights before expiry date of your Visa. As some restrictions apply to several Asian, Eastern European and African countries; please check with the nearest Papua New Guinea Mission or the nearest Australian mission, which is allocated in each country for visa requirements before travelling to the country. Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of intended travel.

Australians travelling to Papua New Guinea are advised to register on line Smarttraveller.gov.au

Welcome

Airport

Jackson's International Airport is the gateway of Papua New Guinea, situated about 8km away from the main town center of Port Moresby. Mt Hagen Provincial Airport has been declared an International Port of entry because of the mining activities around the Highland provinces.

Customs & Quarantine

Adults over 18 have a general allowance of new goods to the value of K250 and are allowed duty free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • 2 litres of alcohol.
  • A reasonable amount of perfume.

Drugs, pornographic literature or video tapes, firearms and weapons are prohibited. Food items, seeds, spices, live or dry plants, animals, animal products and biological specimens such as cultures and blood need special import approval.

For more information on Customs Procedures and Services visit the PNG Customs website www.customs.gov.pg

Currency

Papua New Guinea's unit of currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 toea. There are K100, K50, K20, K10, K5 and K2 notes and a K1 coin. Daily exchange rates are listed in banks, newspapers and hotels. You can exchange your money at Jackson's Airport once through customs this is preferable as banks and ATM's are too hard to access when you are only overnighting in Moresby.  Banks, which are open from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday - Thursdays and 9.00 - 4.00pm on Fridays.

Credit Cards

Hotels, restaurants, shops, rental car companies, cruise operators and travel agents accept most major credit cards including Amex, Diners, Master cards and Visa Cards.

Value Added Tax (Vat)

All transactions within hotels, restaurants and bars are subject to 10% tax which is included in published prices.

Business Hours

Commercial Firms: Monday to Friday - 8.00am - 4:30 or 5.00pm.
Saturday 8.00am - 12.00 noon.
Government Hours: Monday to Friday - 7.45am - 4.06pm.

Climate

Warm to hot and humid throughout the year. There is a rainy season, which varies from province to province, however, in general, it's driest from May to December. The air is clean; watch out for sunburn, particularly in the Highlands, even on overcast days. Up in the Highlands it is a lot cooler and wetter.

Dress

Informal and casual with shorts and open neck shirts worn throughout the year along with traditional items and apparel: ramis. sulus, laplaps and kolos. Thongs, sneakers and sandshoes are not allowed in some bars and restaurants. In the Highlands, sturdy walking shoes are recommended, as is a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. Female dress should always be modest.

Tipping

Visitors to the country are guest and hospitality is an honour in our Melanesian culture. Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.

Transportation

Transportation is mostly by air across PNG. A good network of roads connects the Northern zone and the Highlands region. Hire and rental cars, local boats and ferries, taxis in larger towns, plus local buses. There is no road link between the northern zone and the capital, Port Moresby because of the rugged nature of the terrain.

Electrical Voltage

Electrical current on the national grid is 240 volts. The type of plug that electrical appliance use in PNG, is TYPE I. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets in guest rooms for shavers and hair dryers.

Health Regulations

Certification or vaccination against yellow fever or cholera is required for travellers over one year of age coming from or through infected areas. Malaria is the only serious health risk. Visitors are strongly advised to consult your local doctor or tropical disease clinic to commence anti-malarial preparations before arrival. Water quality is within World Health Organization standards in most towns. Advised to drink bottled water to be on the safe side. In rural areas it is advisable to boil water at all times or use purification tablets. Please go to your Dr and request recommended inoculations prior to visiting PNG.

Medical Services/Requirments

Dental, doctors and hospital services are available in all major centers. Medical clinics and aid posts are found in remote areas and several hospitals are privately owned. New Year's Day - 1st January, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Queens Birthday - 13th June, Rememberance Day - 21st July, Independence Day - 16th September, Christmas Day - 25th December, Boxing Day - 26th December.

Religion

Local traditional beliefs and ceremonies are maintained in remote areas; however, Christian influence is predominant.

Telecommunication

Papua New Guinea has modern satellite communications, which have brought the world closer at the touch of a few buttons. ISD and STD dialing are available in most parts of the country. Telex and Facsimile services are also readily available except in very remote areas where high frequency radios are in use.

Time Zone

PNG is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Media

Papua New Guinea has two daily English Language newspapers - the Post Courier and the National Newspaper.

Trekkers:

Final Gear Check

Use our equipment list to check off everything that you need. Maybe get someone to check it for you as well. For Kokoda trekkers only we will check your gear when you get to Port Moresby.

You will need casual clothes and footwear for in Moresby. Make sure you bring another lockable bag, can be a soft bag so you can leave your "City/Travel Clothes" and valuables in it if this is required for any of our expeditions.

Make sure when you are booking in at the airport that your back pack is strapped up or is in a tote bag. Airlines tend to be tough on anything that is hanging lose. You do not want the straps of your back pack torn off.

Trekking poles need to be in your pack.

Declare all food coming into PNG.

Flight time to Port Moresby from Brisbane is 3 hours and from Cairns 1 1/2 hours.

If unfamiliar with Brisbane Airport please go onto: http://bne.com.au/terminal-guide/terminal-maps

Please wear your boots on the plane. If trekkers are unfortunate enough to have their luggage go missing which happens occassionally we can pretty much deck out a trekker in gear except for their boots. This is not an ideal situation for any trekker to be in.

Flight Home

After the trek has finished, the afternoon before you connect with your international flight home please:

It pays to confirm your flight-

  • Virgin Blue/Pacific Blue-http://www.virginblue.com.au/
  • Qantas/Qantas Link-http://www.qantas.com.au/
  • Air Niugini-http://airniugini.com.pg/

Airport Transfer: Please book your airport transfer with the Hotel the day before you are flying out. Follow up before you go to bed that evening. Hotels are all withing 15-20 minutes drive from the International Hotel.

PNG International Terminal: Like any other international terminal throughout the world your luggage will be scanned. The Boarding Lounge at Jacksons Airport has cafeteria's, bars duty free shopping. There is also a Qantas Club Lounge if a member.

On arrival in Australia: It is a given that customs will most likely want to inspect your boots and poles for dirt. Please make sure you clean them the day before traveling. You will be charged a fee if Australian Customs have to clean any of your gear.

Any Artifacts that you may have puchased in PNG will have to be declared.

Try to avoid having any Kina to change back to Australian dollars. The exchange rate will certainly not be in your favour.