Out and about

A quick guide to Pa­pua New Guinea, from catch­ing a taxi to mak­ing a phone call.

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CLI­MATE

With the ex­cep­tion of the High­lands, PNG has a warm trop­i­cal cli­mate. The wet sea­son in Port Moresby is from De­cem­ber to April.

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

In­ter­net: is to buy a lo­cal SIM card and pre-paid credit (in­clud­ing data packs for smart­phones).

It is much cheaper to make in­ter­na­tional calls from PNG than vice versa. Car hire: Deal with one of the in­ter­na­tional names and ask them to pro­vide a driver (around PGK400 per day). With the poor state of roads, es­pe­cially in Lae, 4WDs/ SUVs are rec­om­mended.

Air­port trans­fers:

HEALTH

Se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions typ­i­cally re­quire treat­ment out­side the coun­try. Trav­ellers should en­sure they have ad­e­quate health cover (the cost of med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion alone can reach $US30,000). Vis­i­tors should also note that malaria is preva­lent in PNG and there have been cases of measles and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in some parts of the coun­try.

MONEY

PNG’s cur­rency is the kina (PGK). ANZ and Bank of South Pa­cific (BSP) have branches at Port Moresby’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. ATMs are lo­cated around Port Moresby, Lae and other ur­ban cen­tres.

SAFETY

While the sit­u­a­tion is not as bad as por­trayed by some in­ter­na­tional me­dia, you should al­ways take pre­cau­tions, es­pe­cially at night.

TIME ZONE

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