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Papua New Guinea Travel Requirements

Passports and Visas
All visitors must have a visa and a passport valid for six months. Tourist visas, good for 30 days, can be obtained at Jackson Field airport in Port Moresby on arrival. However, it's best to obtain your visa, good for 60 days, before you leave for Papua New Guinea. Applicants must have return or onward travel tickets and sufficient funds for their stay. Visitors must not engage in any form of employment.

Business Hours
Banks are open from 9am to 2pm on Mondays-Thursdays, and Fridays till 5pm. Shops are open from 8am to 7pm on Mondays-Fridays, and till noon on Saturday. Offices are open from 8am to 4pm on Mondays-Fridays, 8am to noon on Saturdays. Government offices are open from 8am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays-Fridays.

Money Matters
Papua New Guinea's monetary unit is the kina (K), which is divided into 100 toea. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 toea and K1. Banknotes are available in denominations of K2, 5, 10, 20, and 50. Traveler's checks and currency, especially in U.S. dollars, Pounds sterling, or Australian dollars, can be exchanged at banks and major hotels. Keep all exchange receipts for reconversion of kina before departure.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, and Master Card are accepted in some major hotels and restaurants in the cities.

Visitors are guests to the country. Tips are neither expected nor encourage.

The Kina (K1) is divided into 100 toea, both of which are the names of traditional shell money. Denominations of notes come in K2, K5, K10, K20 and K50. Travellers cheques and international credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and restaurants in Port Moresby, but not generally in small towns or stores.

240 volts. AC/50 cycles. Some hotels provide 110 volts outlets.

Time Zone
GMT plus 10 hours.

What to Wear
Casual, but more formal than other Pacific countries. Females should dress modestly.

Banking Hours
Banking hours are from 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm Friday.

When To Go
The climate is the main consideration in deciding when to visit Papua New Guinea. You'll probably want to avoid rainy seasons (although a good tropical downpour is a sight to be seen) but they vary across the country. In most places the wet season is December to March, the dry season from May to October. During the two transition months (April and November). The most notable variations on this pattern are Lae and Alotau where May to October is the wet season.


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