Travel Tips

Customs & Quarantine

Adults over 18 have a general allowance of new goods to the value of K250 and are allowed duty free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
  • 2 litres of alcohol.
  • A reasonable amount of perfume.

Drugs, pornographic literature or video tapes, firearms and weapons are prohibited. Food items, seeds, spices, live or dry plants, animals, animal products and biological specimens such as cultures and blood need special import approval.

For more information on Customs Procedures and Services visit the PNG Customs website www.customs.gov.pg

Customs

Custom inspection is mandatory for any incoming passengers. Similar to Australia & New Zealand, Papua New Guinea is strict on food products, such as meat. If you have food item, please indicate so in the custom declaration sheet. Failure to declare it may result in confistication of all food items (including allowed items) because of “false declaration”.

Traveller’s allowance are as follows.

  • new articles which total value does not exceed K1000.00 (K500 for travellers under 18)
  • perfume not exceeding one litre or 500 grams;
  • up to 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco products per adult (over 18); and
  • not more than 2 litres of alcoholic beverage per adult (over 18).

You may check website for PNG Custom for further details. http://www.customs.gov.pg/

Dining

If you are looking for traditional PNG restaurants’ you are out of luck, the only way to get good PNG meals are if you go to the villages where you can enjoy some of PNG’s delights.

This includes – Mumu (Highlands & country wide), Aigir (East New Britain), Sago dish (Coastal area including Sepik, Manus & New Ireland) to name a few.

But if you are looking for just any place to dine, there are various numbers of restaurants in Port Moresby – Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Steak houses, Italian and many hotel restaurants. There are limited restaurants in other centre apart from Hotel, but fast food shops are available across the country.

Diving

Scuba Diving in PNG is one of the best things you can do while you are in the country.

PNG is rich with beautiful reefs and sea creatures and voted as Best Diving destinations in the World by reader’s choice by American Diving Magazine several times.

There are many dive spots around PNG, including Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Tufi, Madang, West New Britain (Kimbe), East New Britain (Rabaul) & New Ireland (Kavieng)

Dressing

Some Hotels in Port Moresby have dress codes but otherwise casual wear is acceptable countrywide. Entering National Parliament (if you have a chance) requires you to wear collared shirt and cap, sandal & sunglasses are not allowed. While Swimming, Bikini is not recommended as it is not common in Papua New Guinea and may offend people. Generally while in the village, ladies need to be more decent clothing as villagers are more conservative and not familiar with ladies exposing the skin.

Warm cloth is required in Highlands, especially in the night & early morning.

Electricity

Papua New Guinea’s electricity mainly comes from Hydro Dam, and some by Power Plant.

Blackouts are frequent so a torch will come in handy unless you are staying in a hotel with a backup generator. Power is 240V and Power Pug is same with Australia