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.
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.
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
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
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.
GMT plus 10 hours.
What to Wear
Casual, but more formal than other Pacific countries. Females
should dress modestly.
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.