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Oceania > Papua New Guinea > Useful Info
Submitted on Aug 01, 2021 Useful Info

Getting into Papua New Guinea.

By Air.

  • Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby is the main international airport that serves the country.
  • This is the airport that is mostly used by international airlines and if you want to apply for your visa at the airport, this is where the immigration offices are found.
  • Air Niugini is the national flight carrier and ferries passengers both locally and also internationally.
  • It has flights from Bali, Brisbane, Singapore, Hong Kong.
  • Philippine Airlines is also another airline that ferries passengers from Manila to Papua New guinea.
  • Qantas and Virgin Australia are other airlines that operate between Port Moresby to Brisbane.
  • Virgin Australia has four flights weekly between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

By Boat.

  • The ports include Madang, Lae, and Port Moresby on the mainland, Kieta on Bougainville, and Rabaul and Kimbe on New Britain.
  • Some ferries can take you from the mainland to New Britain and in between, there are cruising stops.
  • International ferries have been unavailable for a while hence it is hard to enter the country via sea.
  • However, enjoying shorter boat rides and also the long ones is an option that you can explore as a tourist.

By Land.

  • The only land border crossing between Papua and Papua New Guinea open to foreigners is on the north coast between Jayapura and Vanimo.
  • Those crossing at this border need to have a valid visa and passport before being allowed entry into the country.
  • You cannot get a visa on arrival at this point.
  • This border is also not open 24hrs and is only open between 8 AM to 5 PM so you need to arrive on time.
  • There is no public transport from Jayapura to the border, so car or motorbike hire, taxi etc for some of the distance is required.
  • You could also decide to rent a car to use for crossing this border point.