Jackson's International Airport is the official gateway into Papua New Guinea, situated about 8km away from the main town center of Port Moresby. The airport itself has the Domestic Airport and terminal adjacently connected (500 meters apart) to the International terminal to make connecting flights to domestic airports easy and within time.
Arriving visitors to Papua New Guinea who have successfully cleared Customs and have immediate connections to other destinations within Papua New Guinea are advised to go straight to the Domestic Transfer Counters within the International Check-In counters for an onward boarding pass to their destination, before proceeding to the Domestic Lounge for boarding.
Jacksons International Airport provides duty free services and shopping for departing visitors, and transit lounges are also provided for transit passengers to other international destinations.
Since its inception in the 1973 as the national airline of Papua New Guinea, Air Niugini is the longest serving airline in Papua New Guinea. With 20 international offices and including GSA offices, Air Niugini provides international flights as well as domestic connections within Papua New Guinea, with domestic offices around the country. Air Niugini services a fleet of aircrafts that include B767, Q400, F100, Dash 8’s and newly included Q4000 series aircrafts, and has an excellent safety record in Papua New Guinea.
Airlines PNG operates a fleet of 18 aircrafts consisting of De Havilland Dash 8 and Twin Otter aircrafts. It has offices in Australia (Cairns & Brisbane) and domestic sales offices in Port Moresby and Lae. Airlines of PNG provide a strong domestic route within the rugged terrain of PNG and provide charters as well as medevac services. The airline has now expanded their domestic services around Papua New Guinea to include the New Guinea islands sector.
QantasLink a regional brand of Qantas operates three flights to Papua New Guinea's Jackson International airport from Cairns, Australia using its 74-seat Q400 aircraft.
The currency is the PNG Kina, with daily exchange rates listed in banks, newspapers and at Papua New Guinea hotel accommodation properties. Papua New Guinea's currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 toea. K100, K50, K20, K10, K5 and K2 notes and a K1 coin are in circulation.
Money can be exchanged at Jackson's Airport. Travellers’ cheques and international credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants and some shops or can be cashed at banks throughout the country, which are open from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday - Thursdays and 9.00 - 4.00pm on Fridays.
More than 800 local languages (in addition to many minor dialects) exist in Papua New Guinea – about a third of the world's indigenous tongues. Pidgin (Tok Pisin) is common to most Papua New Guineans, and learning a few words can be handy, especially when travelling in more remote areas.
Melanesian Pidgin and Hiri Motu are the two most widely used, although English is the official language in education, businesses and government circles.
Medevac Pacific Services provides emergency medical services: Port Moresby Ph: +675 323 5626. For 24-hour emergency Ph: +675 76835227 or +675 76831818. Port Moresby only: Police 112, fire 110/002 and St John Ambulance 111
Certification or vaccination against yellow fever or cholera is required for travelers over one year of age, coming from or through infected areas. Malaria is the only serious health risk in Papua New Guinea. Visitors are strongly advised to consult their local doctor or tropical disease clinic to commence anti-malarial preparations before arrival in PNG. Use insect repellents.
Water quality is within World Health Organization standards in most towns; however, bottled water is available and in rural areas it is advisable to boil water at all times. Dental, doctor and hospital services are available in all major centers.
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended travel.
General VISA Information
All people wishing to travel to Papua New Guinea for work, business, study or tourism purposes must have an entry permit/Visa to enter the country.
How to apply for PNG VISA?
All applicants must:
Complete and sign the correct application form
Attach one passport size photograph (for APEC Business Applications and Permanent Resident Application please provide two photos)
Pay the required fee
Provide any other documentary information as requested (refer to the appropriate entry category)
Send or deliver your application to the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission together with your valid passport.
If there is no PNG diplomatic mission in your country of residence, contact the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division in Papua New Guinea or the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission in your region.
Where to Apply
Your application form, passport and supporting documents should be lodged at Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Section in Port Moresby or any Papua New Guinea Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
When to Apply
Applications must be lodged at Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Section prior to the expiry date of the current Entry Permit.
All Tourist Visas must be lodged to the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division at least 2 months prior to departure date.
Visa fees on arrival at the designated Papua New Guinea International Ports of Entry is K100.00 If applying outside PNG, please contact the nearest PNG Diplomatic mission to obtain fees in local currency. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.