Hints for Travelling in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is a beautiful and culturally rich country. To make your trip as
comfortable as possible please read through the following travel pointers.
Make sure to choose comprehensive travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, accidents,
medical, and loss of baggage prior to your departure. If your trip involves diving, it should
be noted that the closest hyperbaric chamber is located in Port Moresby, Papua New
Guinea. \ Papua New Guinea does not have an emergency rescue organisation, and in the
even that evacuation is required, any evacuation must be arranged with private air
transport companies. Since emergency transportation and treatment cost is the
responsibility of each guest, we require that you have evacuation insurance suitable for
divers visiting remote areas. We highly recommend DAN insurance. For more information
Please remember to pack your certification card, insurance details and log book (if you have
If you are diving on FeBrina, please bring originals of the signed standard release and waiver
form and the guest information form with you to the boat for handing to the crew. If you
do not have originals, you will be required to sign a waiver on board prior to trip departure.
If you are diving at Walindi, you will be given dive forms to fill out on arrival. The dive team
will then find you in the main resort area on arrival or around dinner time to give you
information on how the dive days are organized and what to expect during your stay with
Passport holders of certain nationalities require approval from PNG Immigration prior to
arrival in order for visas to be issued.
Latest advices we have from PNG Immigration are as follows:
"Visitor and business entry permits are not available upon arrival for citizens of these
countries: Afghanistan, all African countries, all Arab & Middle Eastern countries,
Bangladesh, all Caribbean Islands states, Central and Eastern European countries, India,
Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, China, former satellite states of the Soviet Union, Sri
Please check with the nearest Papua New Guinea foreign mission for most up to date
advices. Applications can be made directly with the consulate/embassy or through a travel
agent. If you plan on getting your visa on arrival, please ensure you have at least one full
blank page on your passport.
We highly recommend that all visitors to Papua New Guinea check current visa
requirements with their local foreign mission in advance of arrival, as PNG Immigration
rulings are subject to change without notice. For a list of locations please visit:
Currency and Payments
The currency of Papua New Guinea is the Kina. This should be available for exchange at
currency counters within most international airports before your trip. If there is a problem
obtaining Kina before your departure there is an ATM as well as a currency exchange desk at
the international airport upon arrival in Port Moresby. If you weren't planning to venture
outside Walindi or FeBrina you will not need to carry much Kina - we accept AUD, USD, Euro
and Kina as well as all major credit cards (MasterCard/ Visa/ Amex). There is no surcharge
for credit card payments made at the resort.
Note that all tourism related services prepaid from outside Papua New Guinea are currently
exempt from GST, and all published rates do not include for GST. This is a PNG government
incentive and subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to apply any changes
to this policy as they occur.
All purchases/services paid for within Papua New Guinea are subject to an additional 10%
To respect the local traditions and customs, women are asked to wear a skirt or pants that
cover the upper legs while outside the resort or while on land during a charter.
Arriving at Port Moresby International Airport
Port Moresby is the international airport for Papua New Guinea, and all international air
travelers have to enter the country via this airport. If you already have your visa, proceed
straight to the "Visitors with Visas" line. We recommend organizing a visa before your trip
as the lines can be long and slow, and the flight connections can be quite tight.
If you are getting your visa on arrival, then you will need to go to the Visa Payments counter
first to pay for your visa. This is a relatively new counter and is positioned (as you come
down the steps into immigration hall) in the far right hand corner, next to the Duty Free
Collection counter. The cost of the visa is (currently) K100 per person and it is helpful if you
have the full amount in Kina (which can be purchased at most of the airports where you will
board your flight to PNG). However, if you can't get Kina, there are facilities for you to
change some money at the currency exchange desk. Once you have paid for your visa, take
the yellow receipt and your passport to line 4 to obtain your visa in passport.
If you are connecting through to an Air Niugini domestic flight on the same day, there is a
domestic check-‐in transfer counter just past the customs desks (see map). It is recommended you re-‐lodge your luggage here for your onward domestic flight and collect
your boarding pass. If this counter is closed for any reason, you can still check in for your
domestic flight at the international check in counters (labeled on the map).
The domestic terminal is always very busy. Once you have your domestic boarding pass,
you can proceed up to the domestic terminal, which is a short walk from the international
terminal. Exit the international terminal onto the street and turn sharp right. Follow the
covered walkway up to the domestic terminal departures door. Once you have cleared
security, there is another security point through a door on the back wall (marked domestic
departure lounge). Please note that the public address system is not very clear, so if you are
unsure if your flight might be boarding, please ensure you check with the staff on the
If you are flying into Papua New Guinea with Air Niugini (PX flight number, not QF
codeshare) and connecting same day to an Air Niugini domestic flight, then you should be
allowed an additional 15kg checked luggage allowance for dive gear.
This is an arrangement between PNG Divers Association and Air Niugini. Some counter staff
might not know of this, but it is always worth asking the question. Regular weight
allowances for economy passengers on Air Niugini are 23kg for international and 16kg for
domestic flights. For more information please see:
Arriving at Hoskins Airport
Hoskins is the domestic airport in West New Britain, approximately a 35 minute drive into
Kimbe Town and a further 20 minute drive to Walindi Resort. A tip for flying into
Hoskins...the bathroom facilities at Hoskins airport are not recommended! Please ensure
you use the bathroom facilities at Port Moresby airport or on the flight to Hoskins, as it is
nearly an hour's drive from Hoskins airport to Walindi Resort.
The Walindi driver will be awaiting your arrival at Hoskins and will assist you with your
luggage. If you cannot find him (he will have a Walindi shirt and a sign), the security guard
at the luggage collection area will be able to point him out. You will need your luggage tags
to present to security prior to removing your luggage.
Your departure transfer will also be organized for you. Please check with reception the
evening prior for confirmation of departure time.
Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear and bathing suits are a must. A
light sweater or throw over is ideal for evening, especially during the months of June
through to August. Dress aboard FeBrina and at Walindi is always casual, however it should
be noted that Papua New Guineans in New Britain will be offended by ladies with uncovered
upper thighs, and we ask that you respect local customs.
Laundry service is provided both on board FeBrina and at the Resort.
Additional items you may want to bring are sunscreen, shampoo, sunglasses, a hat or visor
and bug spray or lotion. Hair dryers can be provided on request.
Before your trip, make sure to consult your personal physician or a travel doctor with
regards to a malaria preventative medication or any other vaccines you may need. Malaria
is prevalent in New Guinea but easily prevented. Regardless of whether you are taking an
anti-‐malarial or not, the best preventative measures are to ensure you cover up during the
early morning and late afternoon/early evening hours with loose, lightweight cotton
clothing, and use a personal mosquito repellent. Please note that if you are diving with us,
is not recommended as an anti-‐malarial for divers.
The electrical current on FeBrina and at Walindi Resort is 240 volts. Plugs are Australian,
three pin, and you may want to bring an adaptor with you (a limited amount of adaptors are
available on request for guest use).
Power at Walindi Resort is supplied by generator between the hours of 6am and 11pm (the
power will come on earlier if you have an early departure or early tours) and your room is
also fitted with a 24 hour, 12v system which will run the ceiling fan, lighting and a charging
If you have any questions at all about travelling in our beautiful country please contact one of our friendly reservations team members via