Travel to Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: Travel Info

Formalities, visas

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

1150 Brussels

Tel: 322-7 79 06 09

Honorary Consul of Papua New Guinea

Mattentwiete 5

20457 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 303802 43


Departure fee

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

1l alcohol

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

Flights to

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.

Sea route

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.

Ferry connections

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

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:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

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.

Infectious Diseases

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”.
  • cholera
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Lambliasis
  • Polio, polio
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus

Recommended vaccinations

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.

Malaria prophylaxis

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.

Compulsory vaccination

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.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

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:

  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50 kina

The following coins are in circulation:

  • 1t (toea)
  • 2t
  • 5t
  • 10t
  • 20t
  • 50t
  • 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

Travel to Papua New Guinea