Travel Tips

Geography

Papua New Guinea is an island country with more than 1500 islands.

It shares a border with Indonesia to the West and neighbouring countries include the Solomon Islands to the East and Australia to the South. The highest peak in PNG is Mt. Wilhelm, 4509 m above sea level. PNG has 22 provinces.

Hiri Motu

Hiri Motu is one of Papua New Guinea’s 3 National Languages. It has estimated 200,000 speakers in Papuan Region. Hiri Motu grew from a trade language of the Motu people of Central Province. Colonial Police and different people changed it to suit their communication needs, and thus called “Police Motu” compared to the original language of “pure” Motu. Motu has similar routs with other pacific languages, including Hawaii, Fiji, and all the way to Madagascar.

Hospital

There are government-run hospitals in each province, small aid posts & clinics in rural areas.

There are also church-run hospitals. Private hospitals are only limited in large towns.

Malaria check is usually very quick, and treatment is done very quickly.

Generally, the medical level is quite limited, and cannot cater for complicated operations.

Travellers under medications should bring their own medications as it is very difficult to obtain specific medications in Papua New Guinea, or very expensive even if they exist.

You need to have comprehensive medical /travel insurance, especially with Medical Evacuations.

In case of injury or sudden illness beyond the medical standards of Papua New Guinea, you will be air-lifted to Australia (Mainly nearby towns like Cairns or Townsville, depends on the situation and availability). The Medical Plane is very, very expensive and will not fly unless the guarantee of the payment by the Insurance company.

Sub-aquatic Decompression (Hyperbaric) Chamber is available in Port Moresby and can be used for Diving-related sickness. Once again, if you get decompression sickness apart from Port Moresby, you need to be air-lifted by pressured medical plane, and the plane will not fly without insurance company’s approval.

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Independence

Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia on 16th Sep 1975.

Insurance

All travellers to Papua New Guinea is strongly recommended to have Travel Insurance, including Death, Injury, Lost Baggage, Travel Cancellations, and Medical Evacuations.

For those enjoying Scuba Diving, DAN Insurancehttp://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/

is most recommended as the Doctor is knowledgeable about diving related accidents and thus quick to make decisions. Some Diving resorts may not allow you to dive without DAN insurance.

is most recommended as the Doctor is knowledgeable about diving related accidents and thus quick to make decisions. Some Diving resorts may not allow you to dive without DAN insurance.

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International Telephone Call

Papua New Guinea’s International (incoming) Code is 675

When you are calling overseas from Papua New Guinea, use 00 before your country code.

i.e. 0044 for UK, 0049 for Germany, 0033 for France

If you are calling from Hotel room, you have to press prefix number, some 0, some 9.

Also Hotel requires cash deposit or credit card authorization to open up telephone line in your room before making a call. Please consult at Reception before making a call.