Papua New Guinea: Travel Info
Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial resources to finance their stay in the country themselves.
When entering via the airport in Port Moresby you can get a visa valid for 30 days, but the German Foreign Office advises you to get a visa from the institutions mentioned below before entering the country.
It is responsible for issuing visas in Germany
Visa Department of Papua New Guinea
Avenue de Tervuren 430
Tel: 322-7 79 06 09
Honorary Consul of Papua New Guinea
Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 303802 43
In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. This fee is when leaving Papua New Guinea.
Import and export of goods
People over 18 years of age are allowed to import the following amounts duty-free:
260 cigarettes or 250 g tobacco or the same amount as cigars
perfume for personal use
Otherwise, goods up to a value of 200 kina from people over 18 years of age, may be introduced. People under the age of 18 may import goods up to a value of 100 kina.
No fresh animal products may be imported, only those in cans that must come from Australia or New Zealand. The exception is pork from Australia, which is prohibited from importing.
Papua New Guinea: Getting There and Transport
How to Get to Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea are mainly served by the domestic airline Air Niugini or the Australian company Quantas. There is no direct flight from Germany.
You can fly to Papua New Guinea via Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Indonesia or Japan. International air traffic is handled via Port Moresby.
On the sea route, you only have to enter with your own yacht.
Travel in the country
Air connections The plane is the most important means of transport for longer distances in the country. The local airlines connect the provincial capitals well with one another.
There is no rail passenger transport
If there are roads, the country is well developed and can be traveled by minibuses. You can get on and off anywhere.
The road network consists of around 19,600 km of roads, of which only 686 km are paved.
Cars Cars can be rented in the larger cities, but they are not very useful because of the poor quality of the roads. For many roads you need an off-road vehicle. If you drive yourself, you should be aware beforehand that in the event of an accident, you will not stop at all. Even if he is to blame for this. It is the custom of many tribes to seek revenge immediately. The corporal punishment can be extremely severe, and sometimes even death.
Boats are an important means of transport for travelers. You can use them either for river trips or to reach islands. There are a total of 10,900 km of waterways.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, Papua New Guinea’s international license plate is:
Papua New Guinea: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings
Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.
Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.
There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:
- Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis A and B
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Polyo (polio)
- Tetanus (tetanus)
Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.
As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.
In Papua New Guinea, the following infectious diseases, which are rarely or rarely widespread in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:
- Malaria, there is a year-round risk of infection, which is increased from February to November. About 80% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana. There is no risk of malaria infection in areas above 2,000 m
- Amoebic dysentery
- Bacterial agitation
- Chikungunya, a serious viral infection that is not fatal for a healthy adult human and is transmitted by the mosquito “Aedes albopictus” (tiger mosquito). The name of the disease comes from the East African Swahili (Kiswahili) language and roughly means: “who walks crookedly”.
- Dengue fever disease
- Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
- Hepatitis A and B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Polio, polio
When traveling to Papua New Guinea are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:
- Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Polio, polio, vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
- Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
- Typhoid, but only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
When traveling in the country, it is advisable to undergo malaria prophylaxis. If the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by product” with you.
For all persons who are coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO and are older than 1 year, there is a compulsory vaccination against a yellow fever disease.
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Papua New Guinea embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000
Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000
Papua New Guinea: Currency, Exchange Rate and Shopping
The national currency of Papua New Guinea is the kina, which is made up of 100 toeas. The Kina has been in circulation since April 19, 1979. The money is named after the kina shell, from which shell money was traditionally made in the highlands.
The 1-kina coin, like the shell money, therefore also has a hole in the middle.
The sub-line in Toea is also named after a shell that was used as currency in the coastal area.
The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:
- 50 kina
The following coins are in circulation:
- 1t (toea)
- 1 kina
Shop opening times
- Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs
- Bilus: bags or nets made from natural fibers and worn on the head.
- Masks: made from different natural materials such as wood, raffia or feathers
- Drums that come from a hollow tree trunk
- Storyboards: story boards on which the history of the respective village is presented.
- as well as wooden bowls and baskets