Travel Information Papua New Guinea
- FLAG 🇵🇬
- CAPITAL Port Moresby
- GOVERNMENT Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy
- CURRENCY kina (PGK)
- POPULATION 5,545,268 (July 2006 est.)
- TOTAL AREA 462,840 km2 (land: 452,860 km2 water: 9,980 km2)
- LANGUAGES English spoken by 1%-2%, Tok Pisin widespread, Motu spoken in Papua region 820 indigenous languages
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Papua New Guinea uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+10:00
- LOCATION Papua New Guinea is located in Melanesia
Most popular cities in Papua New Guinea
- Port Moresby — the capital city with its interesting Zoological gardens, the Parliament building, the museum, and general Melanesian atmosphere.
- Alotau — laid-back capital of Milne Bay province and gateway to some fascinating but remote islands.
- Goroka — an attractive highland town with pleasant climate and the annual Goroka Show. Centre of the country’s coffee industry.
- Lae — the country’s second city, main commercial centre and gateway to the Highlands.
- Mt. Hagen — the ‘wild-west’ frontier town in the Highlands, which will introduce you to the cool, crisp Highlands weather and Highlands culture.
- Madang — a beautiful city with breathtaking flights of bats in the evening (it is illegal to hurt them), and even more breathtaking diving.
- Rabaul — the city at the foot of an active volcano which was evacuated and severely damaged by a major eruption in 1994.
- Vanimo — the border town if you want to make you way to or from the province of Papua in neighbouring Indonesia. Popular surfing destination.
- Wewak — the gateway to the Sepik river, where you can experience Sepik culture, the river itself, and the elaborate carvings typical of the region.
Sockets & Plugs
Papua New Guinea uses 240V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type I.
Papua New Guinea uses the Papua New Guinean kina (symbol: K), code PGK.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 kina. Kina is subdivided into 100 toeas. Coins come in denominations of 1 kinas and 50, 20, 10 and 5 toea.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Papua New Guinea. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Papua New Guinea is on average 3.5 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Papua New Guinea is very low. It’s quite hard to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 128.56 PGK, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Telikom PNG, Bmobile or Digicel.
Papua New Guinea uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Papua New Guinea upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Papua New Guinea, dial +, then 675 (the country code for Papua New Guinea), then the area code and the local number.
Very high crime rate
Papua New Guinea has a very high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Papua New Guinea you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 60 km/h (37 mph) in all built-up areas and 75 km/h (46 mph) on undivided highways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Illegal, but tolerated
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 112
- Ambulance 111
- Fire department 110
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
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