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AS THE COUN­TRY’S tourist in­fra­struc­ture con­tin­ues to im­prove, the routes and meth­ods to en­ter the na­tion do too. Most for­eign na­tion­als who now wish to en­ter Pa­pua New Guinea are re­quired to ob­tain a visa, but many can do so, for free, for a six month pe­riod.

Most EU coun­tries, South Amer­ica and Ocea­nia are in­cluded within this rul­ing, while there are of course op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­tain visas at a PNG em­bassy for many other coun­tries.

Once the lo­gis­tics have been ar­ranged and the nec­es­sary jabs have been com­pleted, trans­port be­comes all the more com­plex how­ever. That’s not to say com­plex in a bad way, mind you.

Any­one who truly wants to ex­plore PNG to the full are pre­sum­ably look­ing for a lit­tle ad­ven­ture in any case, and with the coun­try’s tricky, un­du­lat­ing, moun­tain­ous ter­rain, ad­ven­ture is just what you’ll get. By­pass­ing moun­tains en­tirely, air travel is the most pop­u­lar - and im­por­tant - mode of trans­port for both per­son­nel and freight and even the two ma­jor cities - Port Moresby and Lae - can only be bridged via the skies.

Lo­cated near the former, Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port pro­vides the pri­mary hub for trav­el­ling into the coun­try, which you can do so via Air Ni­ug­ini, Philip­pine Air­lines, Qan­tas or Vir­gin Aus­tralia.

Once in and set­tled though, there are choices to be made as to the best way to ex­plore the is­lands.

Land, air and sea are all vi­able op­tions, al­though the former of the three is quite spe­cific to the High­lands High­way which be­gins in Lae and con­nects to Mt Ha­gen, the coast and Madang. From there, the roads do fork and con­tinue, but for all the ef­fort that goes into plot­ting your route, it may be sim­pler to ei­ther take to the skies, or at least look to pub­lic trans­port to carry the bur­den for you.

PMVs (pub­lic mo­tor ve­hi­cles) and busses are the most com­mon way to travel for lo­cals, but to make sure, it is strongly ad­vis­able to gain ad­vice from your ho­tel or lodge staff as to the best strat­egy.

On the water, nu­mer­ous fer­ries are avail­able to in­ter­con­nect the var­i­ous port towns and this is still a cred­i­ble choice, but as has al­ways been the way in PNG, it’s usu­ally ad­vis­able to travel as the crow flies. Nearly all ma­jor set­tle­ments are built around an airstrip and - to be hon­est - miss­ing out on the views that can be en­cap­su­lated from soar­ing above the coun­try’s ter­rain would be to not get the full PNG ex­pe­ri­ence.

PNG is the per­fect place to ex­plore for those seek­ing ad­ven­ture

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