General Information

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Lying just south of the equator, 160km north of Australia, Papua New Guinea is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific.  With a vibrant and colourful Papua New Guinea culture, more than 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages, Papua New Guinea is made up of 4 regions with 20 provinces.

Getting to and around Papua New Guinea

As an island nation with untouched rugged terrain extending from its coastal areas to its highlands, Papua New Guinea is generally most easily navigated by air. 

Papua New Guinea has one international airport in Port Moresby, Jacksons International Airport. This is the official gateway into Papua New Guinea, situated about 8km away from the main town centre of Port Moresby. The airport itself has the domestic terminal adjacently connected (500 metres apart) to the international terminal making it easy to connect to your onward flight.

Jacksons International Airport provides Duty Free Services and Shopping for departing visitors and transit lounges for passengers connecting to other international destinations.

Health Regulations

There is a risk of Malaria in Papua New Guinea and it is recommended that visitors consult their local doctor or tropical disease clinic to commence anti-malarial preparations before departing for PNG. Certification or vaccination against yellow fever or cholera is required for travellers over one year of age travelling to certain areas in PNG.

Water quality is within World Health Organisation standards in most towns; however, bottled water is available and in rural areas it is advisable to boil water at all times.


PNG is often safe, secure and full of friendly people, however there are certain areas where it is advisable to take safety precautions.Tourism Papua New Guinea  advises that all visitors travel with care and consideration for their personal security and wellbeing.

Wherever possible, PNG Tourism recommends travelling with organised Papua New Guinea tours and making all travel arrangements prior to departure with one of our preferred partners.

Air Services

The National Airline of Papua New Guinea operates a modern fleet of aircraft consisting of Boeing 767 & 737 jets, Fokker 100 & 70 jets and Dash 8 aircrafts. Air Niugini has operated for 40 years providing air services to/from and within the country and have a safety record unmatched by other airlines in the country. They offer direct flights from Tokyo (Narita) once a week to Port Moresby.

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