Papua New Guinea Travel Information
Due to the spread of the corona virus, the
authorities in March 26 have introduced entry denial for
foreign nationals. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
There is currently increasing political instability
in Papua New Guinea and riots and increased crime have
been reported. The increasing instability is mainly due
to the July (2017) elections, and it is expected that
this will continue until the political situation is
Travelers should exercise a great deal of caution,
follow local news and avoid large crowds.
The level of crime is high and often targeted
specifically at women. It is recommended to use
transport arranged by the hotel, not public transport -
nor taxi. One should not travel outside after dark.
The security situation is serious. Armed robbery, car
hijacking, robbery, rape and other types of criminal
acts are widespread especially in urban areas. Gang
crime is particularly widespread.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Papua New Guinea
is considered low. Papua New Guinea has severe penalties
for import and export, possession, use and sale of
drugs. There are further severe penalties for possession
of weapons and pornography. Homosexuality is prohibited
and can be punished with imprisonment. Papua New Guinea
has reintroduced the death penalty for some crimes.
In Papua New Guinea, it is a left-hand drive. Road
quality is generally poor. Always keep all windows
closed and car doors locked while driving. If you become
involved in traffic accidents where there is no danger
to life or health, you should immediately drive to the
nearest police station and ask for assistance. Avoid
stopping at "roadblocks" unless you are absolutely sure
it is set up by the police. If not, turn around and run
an alternate route.
- Countryaah: Port Moresby is the capital
of Papua New Guinea. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Armed demonstrations and riots can occur in major
cities. Clashes have occurred in markets in Port Moresby
and Lae, among others. Ethnic contradictions, especially
in the Highlands region, have led to fighting and armed
The mountain area of Bougainville, especially at
the old Panguna mine, is a prohibited area ("No Go
Zone"). Foreigners entering this area without permission
from Papua New Guinea authorities risk the arrest,
interrogation and confiscation of travel documents.
You should only carry small amounts of cash and
always keep copies of important documents (passports,
tickets, credit cards, etc.) separately from the
originals. Valuable assets should be kept locked up. It
is also not recommended to keep credit cards, cash and
travelers checks together. Spread the risk so that you
will not be able to pay if you are hit by theft.
Papua New Guinea has several active volcanoes and
from time to time volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and
landslides occur. For advice and guidance on how to deal
with an earthquake, see Emergency Management Australia
Tropical storms with heavy rainfall and flooding can
occur in Papua New Guinea. The country may also be
affected by a tsunami. Follow local news and seek advice
and advice from local authorities in the event of a
crisis. General precautions for natural disasters in
Oceania can be found here.
In a crisis situation where there is reason to
believe that family and friends may be concerned, the
embassy encourages Norwegians in the affected areas to
contact family members in Norway. Family members can
also contact the local authorities in the affected
It is recommended that you check the Foreign Travel
Office's official travel advice before traveling. In
addition, you are recommended to download the brochure
Reiseklar, which provides advice and assistance to
Norwegians traveling abroad. Norwegian citizens are
encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate in the
capital Port Moresby. Responsible Norwegian Embassy is
the Norwegian embassy in Canberra.
Local emergency numbers are 000 for police in Port
Moresby and some other cities/towns. Emergency numbers
may vary between different cities/regions.
In crisis and emergency situations, the public is
encouraged to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Canberra
on tel: +61 2 6270 5700 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Outside the opening hours, the public can contact the
UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or
by e-mail: [email protected]
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages anyone who
is going to countries outside Europe and North America
to register on www.reiseregistrering.no. Travel
registration is also recommended for anyone who is going
to be abroad for an extended period of time, including
students and other residents.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens need a visa to stay in Papua New
Guinea. Visas for a period of 60 days can be purchased
on arrival at the airport for approx. 200 kroner. It is
still recommended by travelers to arrange a visa before
arrival. Passport must be valid for up to six months
after scheduled entry date, one must be able to present
Norwegians need visas for travel to Papua New Guinea.
A visa for a maximum period of 60 days can be purchased
on arrival at Papua New Guinea airport and costs approx.
200 Norwegian kroner. However, it is recommended to
obtain a visa before entry. The passport must have a
minimum period of six months upon entry. You must also
be able to present a return ticket. It is possible to
apply for a visa extension for a maximum of 30 days.
Visa rules and other regulations on entry and exit to
Papua New Guinea are frequently changed. Contact the
nearest Papuan Embassy or Consulate for updated
When departing from the international airport in Port
Moresby you have to pay a departure tax of PGK 30,
approx. NOK 85.
Special import permits are needed to bring food,
seeds, spices, live or dried plants, animals and animal
products into Papua New Guinea. For more information see
PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
spread of the virus, the authorities from March 26 have
introduced entry denial for foreign nationals.
Information on the measures can be read on the Ministry
of Health website. It is the authorities of Papua New
Guinea who are responsible for updating the websites.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the authorities
of Papua New Guinea.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Diseases such as malaria, Japanese encephalitis,
dengue fever, tuberculosis and waterborne parasites are
widespread in Papua New Guinea. HIV/AIDS is also
widespread and the number of people infected has
increased in recent years. Travelers should carefully
check the public health guidelines and recommendations
A number of diseases are widespread in Papua New
Guinea and travelers should therefore carefully check
the National Institute of Health's guidelines and
recommendations before departure. Health care is limited
and the standard is poor by Norwegian standards. There
are hospitals, doctors' offices and pharmacies with most
common medicines in the cities, but conditions are far
worse in outskirts. This also applies along the Kokoda
The embassy strongly encourages all necessary
vaccines in order and a good travel insurance covering
hospital stays, etc. Talk to your doctor about how to
best protect yourself against illnesses while traveling.
See the World Health Organization and the Public Health
Institute for further information.
Malaria is widespread across the country, and dengue
fever is common along the coast. Precautions should
therefore be taken to avoid mosquito bites and insect
bites. Tuberculosis is also common. HIV/AIDS is becoming
an increasingly serious problem in Papua New Guinea and
other sexually transmitted diseases are widespread in
By the way, one should take all the usual hygiene
measures for staying in the tropics. Water should be
bottled or boiled before drinking or consumed in food,
and travelers should avoid eating ice cubes and raw or
low-cooked food. Local water sources can be polluted and
dangerous, so it is important to ensure access to clean
water at all times.
Dangerous parasites are found in several of the
rivers in Papua New Guinea. Seek help if you experience
fever and/or diarrhea after contact with water.
Area code for phone calls to Papua New Guinea is
+675. Papua New Guinea is nine hours ahead of Norway.
Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Amex can be used in most
hotels, restaurants and shops.
Traveling in Papua New Guinea can be challenging as
the infrastructure is poor and it can be difficult to
obtain information about the country ahead of the
journey. Papua New Guinea is nine hours ahead of Norway.
Power uses 240V and three-point plugs.
English is the official language in addition to Tok
Pisin (pidgin) and Motu. In total, about 820 different
languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea. The
population is culturally and geographically very diverse
and consists of 700 different cultural groups, many of
which are in conflict with each other. Especially in the
southern highlands, dangerous situations can develop as
a result of disputes between cultural groups.
Papua New Guinea has a conservative standard in
clothing and behavior. Both women and men should pay
attention and avoid hitting anyone when choosing
clothes. Sandals may be prohibited in certain
restaurants and bars. It is recommended that you request
permission before taking pictures of individuals and
In Papua New Guinea, the practice of "eye for eye,
tooth for tooth" is also practiced. Therefore, do not
offend anyone or act so that you will be met with
damages or other forms of extramarital retaliation.
Common credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners
and Amex can be used in leading hotels, restaurants,
shops and car rental companies. Cash can be exchanged at
the airport or in banks. Public offices are open Monday
to Friday from 0745-1600. Banks are open Monday to
Thursday 0900-1500 and Friday 0900-1600. Shops and
private companies are normally open Monday to Friday
0800-1630 and Saturday 0800-1200. ATMs are relatively
common in cities, but only ANZ and Westpac ATMs accept
foreign credit cards.
Contact the Honorary Consulate in Port Moresby for
Royal Norwegian Consulate General
Turumu Street, Boroko
Tel: +675 3255 411
Fax: +675 3250 167
Email: [email protected]