Papua New Guinea Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Papua New Guinea Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Papua New Guinea, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Papua New Guinea is wonderfully exotic, offering a variety of scenes with flat and mountainous landscapes. Upon arrival, visit the capital of Port Moresby which offers the National Museum and a Zoological Garden. For a different experience, take the time to discover the village of Asaro to meet the famous “Men of mud.” With many islands, you will have no problem in finding a quiet place to relax. Enjoy the local produce such as watermelons, tomatoes or papayas. During the evening, try the traditional dish of sea cucumber soup.

Make sure you know about Papua New Guinea’s medical care and safety and security tips.
A view of the highlands of Papua New Guinea By eGuide Travel – Papua New Guinea, CC BY 2.0,

Recommended travel vaccinations for Papua New Guinea

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Japanese EncephalitisMosquito Bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Papua New Guinea

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

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Medical Care in Papua New Guinea

A combination of lack of medical equipment and shortage of medicine has created an unreliable health care system in Papua New Guinea. Common health problems can be treated at the Port Moresby General Hospital, but rural areas only offer mission stations and small hospitals. As such, patients experiencing serious medical problems should be evacuated to Australia.

There are many well-supplied pharmacies in the country which are open all the time. However, it is essential to consult a doctor before buying drugs.

There are no centralized emergency numbers in Papua New Guinea. You can call 111 in order to summon the St John Ambulance service.

Is Papua New Guinea Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present; Beware of carjacking
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Poor road conditions; Caution required
Public transportation Avoid taxis or buses
Bougainvill Island Caution required
Trekking/mountaineering/hiking Click the link below for precautions
Women’s safety Risk present
Health Zika virusPolio and Chikungunya warning
Risk level High degree of caution
Please click here for more information.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Papua New Guinea?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Papua New Guinea. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.

Please click here for more information.

Embassy of Canada to Papua New Guinea information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Australian High Commission to Papua New Guinea (PORT MORESBY)
Street Address:
Godwit Road, Waigani NCD,
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tel.: (675) 7090 0100
Fax: (675) 325 9239

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the high commission’s website

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in Australia. As a Canadian, you can use the Australian embassy. There is no Canadian governing office in Papua New Guinea.

Canadian High Commission to Australia (CANBERRA)
Street Address:
Commonwealth Avenue,
Canberra ACT, Papua New Guinea 2600

Tel.: (61) 2 6270 4000
Fax: (61) 2 6270 4060

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the embassy’s website