All nationalities will be required to obtain a visa in advance to enter Papua New Guinea. Visas can be obtained online here: https://ica.gov.pg
Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of six months, from date of exit from PNG. We also strongly recommend that your passport has a minimum of two blank pages next to each other – on rare occasion it may lead to problems with visas and immigration authorities if it does not.
Visa regulations can change however and so we recommend that you contact your nearest embassy for the most up to date information.
Health and vaccinations
We are not medically qualified and so we recommend that you speak to your doctor or nearest health professional for advice concerning recommended vaccinations. For more advice on vaccinations you can also visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
It is a condition of joining our tours that you have suitable travel insurance in place, and we cannot accept travellers without insurance. All policies differ in terms of what they will cover, but as a minimum you need medical and health cover which will cover you for the whole time that you are away. Most policies will also include cancellation cover, which will cover you if an unforeseen circumstance obliges you to cancel your trip. We recommend that you obtain your insurance as soon as you book your trip.
Please note that government travel warnings often affect the validity of your travel insurance, and you should check this with your insurance company.
The unit of currency is the kina, which is not readily available outside PNG. You can take UK £, US dollars or Euros for exchange purposes.
Outside of large cities (and specifically, top end hotels and restaurants in those cities) credit cards are useless. There are ATMs in cities but you should not count on them always working.
When travelling to some of the destinations we offer you need to bear in mind that things won’t always work here as we’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and untouristed destinations requires both patience and a sense of humour. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience.
Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most remote destinations and outside of major towns and cities the infrastructure is rudimentary. Outside of Wewak we will be staying in simple guesthouses and family homes, on a multi-share basis with simple washing and bathroom facilities.
You need to be prepared for some long boat journeys, and these will be in fairly simple, but adequate boats – they are not designed for western tourists but are working river boats.
This trip should be looked upon as an expedition rather than a conventional trip, and if you have any doubts about your ability to take part then please get in touch.
We keep a very close eye on the travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that we can keep you up to date with any warnings. At the moment, the FCO doesn’t advise against travel to any parts of Papua New Guinea that we visit on this trip.
This relates to advice from the British government – other nationalities need to check the stance of their own governments.
Please note that the information contained above is highly susceptible to change, and while we endeavour to keep up to date we recommend that you use this as a guide only. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Updated July 2023