Papua New Guinea’s complex culture and biodiversity mean an endless supply of amazing discoveries for even the widest-travelled adventurer.
While hiking the Kokoda Track is an act of pilgrimage for some, the insight into remote indigenous cultures and encounters with exotic wildlife are reason enough for many.
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Trek the iconic Kokoda Track
Sweat it out on muddy rainforest trails
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Papua New Guinea travel FAQs
PAPUA NEW GUINEA VISA
Tourist visas on arrival at Jacksons International Airport are now available for Australian & New Zealand passport holders for stays of up to 30 days and at no charge. Other nationalities will need to apply to their nearest High Commission to obtain their visa in advance. This tourist visa is non-extendable and is issued free of charge.
For those required to obtain a visa in advance you will need:
- Completed application form
- Valid passport
- 1 x current passport photo
- Return/ongoing flight ticket & travel itinerary
- Evidence of funds (Bank Statement proving sufficient funds for your stay)
All travelers also currently need to submit a health form along with their visa application: http://pngembassy.org/Supplementary_Health_Form.pdf
You can obtain your visa application form through your travel agent or by downloading a form online from the Papua New Guinean High Commission website. Your completed visa application needs to be sent your nearest Papua New Guinean High Commission, embassy or consulate along with your valid passport (which must have at least 6 months validity on it from the date of intended travel) as well as a pre-paid, self-addressed and registered post envelope which will be used to return your passport to you. Please note that visa processing times can be subject to delays, particularly during peak periods, so we recommend you allow sufficient time when applying for your visa.
Tipping isn’t expected in Papua New Guinea but if you’ve received good service consider a 10% tip.
Service can be slow and intermittent even in major towns.
Reception is poor in most areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
It's likely that you’ll encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Papua New Guinea. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Bottle of soft drink = 3 PGK
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 10 PGK
Simple lunch = 10 PGK
Three-course meal = 50 PGK
Drinking tap water in Papua New Guinea isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are widely accepted in major towns.
There’s good access to ATMs in Port Moresby.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 15 Apr Holy Saturday
- 16 Apr Easter Sunday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 12 Jun Queen's Birthday
- 23 Jul National Remembrance Day
- 24 Jul Public Holiday
- 26 Aug National Day of Repentance
- 28 Aug National Day of Repentance Holiday
- 16 Sep Independence Day
- 18 Sep Independence Day Holiday
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Papua New Guinea go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/papua-new-guinea/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Papua New Guinea
1. Be considerate of Papua New Guinea’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Papua New Guinea, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Kokoda Track Foundation
KTF is working towards a Papua New Guinea where every child has access to a free, high quality education, communities have access to quality, reliable and affordable healthcare, people can access diverse business opportunities, energy and clean water, and the future leaders of PNG are empowered.
Photo provided by Tim Starkey
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org