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For the traveller
Air Niugini in code share with Qantas offer services to Papua New Guinea. Recently commenced between Cairns and Port Moresby is regular flights by Airlines of PNG. Domestically, apart from Air Niugini flights to the various provinces other airlines are Airlines of PNG, Islands Nation Air, Trans Niugini Airways, MAF and Regional Air.
The international airports are Jackson International Airport, 10kms from the capital at Port Moresby in the National Capital District; and Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen Province. Daru Airport is a small airport that takes in charters or third-level airlines from Australia and also does customs clearance. Most hotels will offer courtesy airport transfers for guests.
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Passports, Visas and Immigration
Ensure that your passport is valid through to your return date home. Tourists are required to have a visa to enter PNG. Currently a 60-day tourist visa is available upon arrival for nationals of many countries including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, UK, USA and most western European countries at Port Moresby airport. To acquire a visa upon arrival, you will need a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds for your stay, an onward airline ticket with confirmed bookings and Kina cash. Alternatively, you may acquire your visa prior to leaving your home country with either the nearest PNG Embassy or in some cases at the Australian Embassy in your country. Be certain your baggage claim checks are clearly marked “POM” for Port Moresby on your international flight into PNG. Allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport to conduct immigration, security, and check-in procedures. On arrival in Port Moresby, the procedure is quite orderly but can take up to one hour. If you have a tight connection, be sure you go to the head of the line in immigration and request special assistance at Jackson’s Airport in Port Moresby.
Important: The Air Niugini domestic transit counter at Jackson’s airport in Port Moresby is located in the Customs Hall for those with connecting flights. For those with domestic connections, check in at the transit counter before leaving the Customs Hall.
|Australian High Commission
Locked Bag 129 Waigani 131, NCD
PO BOX 1040 Port Moresby 121
Cuthbertson Street (POM)
Embassy of The Republic of Korea
PO BOX 5916 Boroko 111
PO BOX 1155 Port Moresby 121
Pruth Street, Korobosea (POM)
|United States Embassy
PO BOX 1492 Port Moresby 121
Tel: 3211455 Fax: 3213423, 3200637
Location: Douglas Street
Currency, Credit Cards and Exchange
The unit of currency in PNG is the Kina, pronounced “kee-nah”, and sub-units of 100 are called Toea, pronounced “toy-ya”. Note denominations are available in K2, K5, K10, K20 and K50.
Kina cash can be acquired at the Foreign Exchange counters at most international ports of departure to PNG. It is strongly recommended you acquire your Kina cash prior to departing for PNG. As it has been known for Foreign Exchange counters at airports to run out of Kina, so it is recommended that you order Kina from your local Foreign Exchange or from your local bank well in advance of departure. When ordering Kina, it is highly recommended that you get mainly small denominations, such as K2, K5 and K10. If your connection time in Port Moresby to your next domestic flight is short, you may not have time for banking. There are also banks in most major centres in PNG Banking hours in PNG are generally from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through to Friday. Major credit cards (including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners and JCB) and travellers cheques are accepted at most leading hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.
Health Regulations and Recommendations
The only health requirement is a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever or cholera if arriving from or travelling through infected areas prior to arrival in PNG. Visitors are advised to take malaria precautions, but only your doctor can recommend and prescribe the appropriate medication for you. Although the problem of diarrhoea and dysentery is not as severe in PNG as in some of the neighbouring Asian countries, it is possible you may get some kind of diarrhoea at some stage of your trip. This is normal for travellers whose bodies are adapting to different food and water. In most cases the problem is short term, not severe and is easily treated.
Insurance and Medical Facilities
All travellers to PNG are strongly recommended to acquire Travellers Insurance for trip cancellation and delays, for baggage loss and damage, and for illness, accident and medical evacuation. Government owned general hospitals, church affiliated hospitals, private doctors, dentists and pharmacies are available in all major centres of the country. A full listing of hospitals, doctors, dentists and pharmacies in various centres are available in the Papua New Guinea Telephone Directory.