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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Capital: Port Moresby

Population: 8.25 million

Official languages: English, Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin

Time zone: Papua New Guinea Time

Emergency #: 0000

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Papua New Guinea: Travel Health Information

Papua New Guinea is known for its beaches, coral reefs, and marine diversity – the country currently hosts 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Popular activities include scuba diving and trekking through the mountainous Highlands or along the Kokoda Trail.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Papua New Guinea may differ from your home country. Papua New Guinea has a publicly funded and provided healthcare system. The quality of care varies by region but is typically inadequate and does not meet international standards. Access to medical services is generally very limited in rural areas, where shortages of medicines and supplies may exist. The country also has a shortage of qualified health workers and trained specialists.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Papua New Guinea typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Australia may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Papua New Guinea.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmaceuticals in Papua New Guinea may be extremely limited, especially outside of urban areas. The pharmaceutical industry is largely unregulated, so the quality of products may be poor and availability of medicines may be limited. Travellers should be aware of counterfeit medications.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Papua New Guinea’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads outside of urban areas are generally in poor condition and may be hazardous for drivers. During the rainy season, landslides are common and may also pose a risk. Seat belts are required by law for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times. In Papua New Guinea, traffic drives on the left.



Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Capital: Port Moresby

Population: 8.25 million

Official languages: English, Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin

Time zone: Papua New Guinea Time

Emergency #: 0000

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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