Papua New Guinea Travel Information

The Basics


Local time is GMT +10


Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plug points are the same as in Australia, with three rectangular pins.


More than 800 languages are recognised in PNG. The official languages are Tok Pisin (the most widely spoken), English, Hiri Motu and Papua New Guinean Sign Language.

Travel Health

Protection from insect bites is essential, with malaria prophylaxis recommended in all areas of Papua New Guinea below 5,906 feet (1,800m). A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations are recommended for all travellers for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Travellers spending time in rural areas should also consider a vaccination for Japanese encephalitis.

Medical facilities in Papua New Guinea are limited. Travellers should ensure they have comprehensive travel and health insurance and bring along all required medication.

Local Customs

Both male and female visitors to Papua New Guinea should avoid revealing clothing, and make sure to save their bathing costumes for the beach. Women should try to make sure that their thighs are covered at all times, and couples should bear in mind that public displays of affection are frowned upon. Papua New Guineans are friendly and usually keen to engage with foreigners; in fact, it is considered rude not to stop and chat to people that greet you on the street. Don't step over food, if it is being prepared or served on the ground. Note that homosexual acts are illegal in Papua New Guinea.

Duty Free

Visitors to Papua New Guinea age 18 and older may import 260 cigarettes/250g cigars or tobacco, one litre of alcohol, and a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use. Uncanned foodstuffs and animal products from countries other than Australia and New Zealand, and pig meat from New Zealand are prohibited.

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