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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.
Before unnecessary, tourist trips toPapua New Guinea is currently being warned.
In Papua New Guinea, the number of new infections with COVID-19 has recently increased very significantly. The focus continues to be in the National Capital District / Port Moresby, Western Province and West New Britain Province. In the meantime, however, all other provinces are demonstrably affected by the infection.
Papua New Guinea is classified as a risk area. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.
Entry is only possible with an individual special permit, if a negative PCR test result is presented and in compliance with a 14-day quarantine. During the quarantine, the use of an authorized tracking app or the wearing of an electronic ankle cuff can be ordered. Entry is only permitted through Port Moresby International Airport or a limited number of ports.
The border traffic with the Solomon Islands and Indonesia is closed.
International and domestic air traffic is severely restricted. There are basically flight connections to and from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and various Pacific islands. There are transit options via Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, but flights to Cairns are currently suspended and connections to Brisbane are restricted. Unannounced changes to the existing offer at short notice cannot be ruled out. As a general rule, travelers must undergo temperature measurements and wear a mouth and nose cover during the flight.
Restrictions apply again to domestic flights or travel between the provinces. For domestic flights, travelers need a recognized reason for travel. A negative COVID-19 test (RDT or PCR tests) no longer than 24 hours old must be presented before departure.
Restrictions in the country
Due to COVID-19, a state of public emergency applies, which is associated with impairments to public life, for example business closings or upper limits for private gatherings. With effect from March 22, 2021, the measures to contain infections will be tightened due to the development of the situation, the currently applicable measures are listed in detail on the government's website.
In public spaces, it is mandatory to wear mouth and nose protection. There is a call for distance rules to be observed.
- When planning transit trips for departure, note the requirements of the airlines involved in terms of booking and the other conditions of carriage.
- Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
- Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the government of Papua New Guinea.
- Contact the Ministry of Health if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you come into contact with infected people.
- Note the test and quarantine requirements when entering Germany from risk areas (not transit) and contact the health department at your place of residence. The Federal Ministry of Health offers further information on compulsory testing.
- Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
- Please note our continuously updated information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
In Papua New Guinea there are repeated unrest, especially in Port Moresby, Lae, Mount Hagen and the highland provinces and there there are violent clashes between rival clans.
In the mining provinces of Southern Highlands, Enga and Hela, disputes among the local population have led to the imposition of an indefinite state of emergency since mid-2017, as most recently in and around Lae on the northeast coast. There is always the possibility of violent rioting at demonstrations and gatherings of larger groups of people.
In an emergency, help from security forces is often only available to a limited extent.
- Find out about the local media.
- Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
- Follow the instructions of local security guards.
Overall crime in Papua New Guinea is very high. Stays in the capital Port Moresby, in Lae, in the highlands and in Mount Hagen are particularly dangerous. The number of armed robberies in public places and also in accommodation, break-ins and robberies on cars in traffic ("carjacking") is high.
In the past few months there have been robberies on hikers around the Varirata National Park. Offenders show a high willingness to use violence, up to and including homicide.
The number of reports of targeted rape is increasing; Assaults usually take place without warning, women traveling alone are particularly at risk.
Due to the risk of contracting HIV / AIDS, victims of violent crime, especially rape, should seek medical attention immediately.
In the otherwise rather peaceful area of Alotau / Milne Bay, which is popular with tourists, there have been repeated violent crime such as robbery in hotel complexes frequented by tourists since December 2018.
As a foreigner there is an increased risk outside of guarded facilities such as hotels and restaurants, especially alone and after dark, especially in Port Moresby, but also in other regions mentioned above.
Violent incidents caused by rival tribal groups during the Kokoda Trek cannot be ruled out. On the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province there was an attack on an entire trekking group in 2013.
Crime in the autonomous province of Bougainville has decreased over the past few years. The previous guarding of ATMs in Buka has been discontinued.
Violence continues to occur in the context of disputes. Dangers are high in the central highlands of Bougainville and in the south of the island due to the remoteness and the still widespread possession of weapons.
- Be especially careful, especially in Port Moresby, Lae, the Highlands, Mount Hagen, the Central Hills, and south of Bougainville, and generally on hiking tours.
- Outside of guarded facilities (e.g. hotels, restaurants), do not walk alone, but only in groups and, if possible, accompanied by local people.
- When it is dark, do not move around on foot or take cross-country journeys.
- Always prefer the means of transport provided by the hotels or tour operators and refrain from using public transport and taxis.
- Always keep the windows and doors of a vehicle closed or locked.
- Stay away from potential arguments.
- Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
- Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables or jewelry.
- Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, on buses and at ATMs, and watch out for your valuables.
- Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.
Nature and climate
Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis
Papua New Guinea is in a seismically very active zone, so there are several strong earthquakes. Several volcanoes are active again and again, and tsunamis are also possible, especially after seaquakes.
At the end of February 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the Southern Highlands province caused severe damage and claimed fatalities; earthquakes measuring 7.2 and 7.5 in May 2019 near Bulolo and Kokopo did not cause major damage. Further aftershocks are to be expected.
The Ulawun volcano on the island of New Britain last erupted several times, such as on June 26, August 4, 2019 and October 1, 2019. Surrounding villages have been evacuated and flights at Hoskins Airport have been canceled. The New Britain Highway has been partially closed.
The Manam Island volcano has been active since April 2017, the Kadovar Island volcano has been increasingly active since January 2018, both have led or lead to evacuation measures.
On the island of Bougainville, the Bagana volcano in Northern Solomon Province is still particularly active.
Tropical cyclones and floods
The climate is tropical.
Especially between November and May there are regular tropical typhoons, which can also cause major damage such as flooding and landslides and obstacles to travel.
Floods and landslides can occur at any time. There are northwest monsoons from November to March and southeast trade winds from April to October.
Responsible diplomatic mission
There is no German professional consular representation in Papua New Guinea.
The German embassy in Canberra / Australia is responsible. The German Consulate General in Sydney / Australia is responsible for consular matters.
In emergencies, the German honorary consul in Port Moresby can also be asked for assistance.
Papua New Guinea does not have a diplomatic mission in Germany. The Papua New Guinean Embassy in Brussels is also responsible for Germany. Accessibility can be found in the overview of all representations in Papua New Guinea.
Inquiries can also be directed to the Papua New Guinean Honorary Consul in Berlin.
Infrastructure / traffic
Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.
Public transport is only available to a very limited extent due to small vehicles and not everywhere due to the geographical conditions. The safety standards of ferries and coastal vessels generally do not correspond to international standards.
Large parts of the country are hardly developed and therefore almost inaccessible to travelers. The existing infrastructure is often in poor condition and there is practically none for individual tourists.
The condition of the partly asphalted roads and bridges when driving overland is poor. These can also be impassable after natural disasters, landslides and floods. There the risk of attack by highwaymen increases.
Simple accommodations are far below international standards and often do not have security personnel.
The hill country in central Bougainville around the Panguna mine is a very sensitive zone. When entering the road to the mine, a checkpoint is passed where foreigners currently have to pay 200 PGK / head.
Acts of corruption with the threat of arrest or the issuing of tickets by the police are not uncommon.
- Avoid ferry and coastal ships if possible.
- As an individual traveler, take special care and plan your trip carefully.
- Prefer organized group tours with a local guide.
- Before starting an overland journey, inquire about the passability of roads and bridges at local authorities.
- Do not enter the sensitive zone around the Pangana Mine on your own.
- Keep calm when the police make demands; if necessary, contact a hotel or a lawyer.
The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.
Homosexual activity is illegal and can result in prison terms.
Adultery or sexual intercourse with a married person is illegal.
For murder, piracy, treason, robbery and in serious cases of rape, among other things, the criminal law provides for the death penalty; however, it has not been imposed or enforced since 1950.
Drug offenses are severely punished.
The possession and sale of pornographic material is strictly prohibited.
Photography may be prohibited at cultural sites.
Money / credit cards
The national currency in Papua New Guinea is the Kina (PGK). Credit cards are accepted as a means of payment in many places.
Entry and customs
Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.
Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.
Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:
- Passport: Yes
- Temporary passport: Yes
- Identity card: No
- Provisional identity card: No
- Children's passport: Yes
Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid six months after entry.
German citizens need a visa to enter the country. This can be applied for at an embassy in Papua New Guinea or for a tourist stay of up to 60 days upon arrival.
Visa on entry ("on arrival")
When entering the country for a tourist stay only, German nationals can obtain a free tourist visa with a validity of 60 days at Port Moresby's Jacksons International Airport and Tokua (Rabaul) International Airport.
Visa before entry
For a stay other than tourist, it is essential to obtain a visa from the Embassy of Papua New Guinea in advance. To apply for a work permit, a health certificate with negative HIV antibody results must be presented. A valid yellow fever vaccination is required when entering from a yellow fever endemic area.
Entry by sea
Separate regulations apply to entry and exit by sea. Please inquire about entry and exit options in this regard with the responsible authorities in Papua New Guinea before you plan to travel.
Entry through unofficial ports of entry will be refused or punished with fines. If necessary, detention and deportation must also be expected at your own expense. This applies, for example, to the entry and exit of foreigners from Bougainville to the Solomon Islands and vice versa. It is not allowed by sea.
Children between the ages of five and eleven traveling alone must be registered with the airline as underage travelers (unaccompanied minor). Children between the ages of twelve and fifteen traveling alone can be registered as minors; however, should always be identified as a young passenger. Further information is available from Qantas or Virgin Australia, for example.
The import and export of foreign currency is possible without restrictions, but must be declared from a value of 20,000 PGK.
The customs regulations include a limit for alcohol and tobacco products that is comparable to the German one.
The quarantine regulations prohibit the import of all kinds of food, which does not affect canned food.
The import of games of chance (playing cards, etc.) and media with pornographic content is also prohibited.
The Australian Department of Agriculture provides information on the importation of pets into Papua New Guinea.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.
In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.
- As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.
In September 2018, there was an outbreak of vaccine poliovirus subgroups 1 and 2 with one confirmed and several suspected cases in the provinces of Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands.
The WHO has asked Papua New Guinea to ensure that all residents and long-term visitors starting an international trip longer than 4 weeks from the country have been vaccinated against polio four weeks to 12 months before departure with a dose (oral vaccine bOPV or intramuscular vaccine) Vaccine IPV). If an urgent trip is imminent and the person has not been vaccinated against polio in the past four weeks to 12 months, it should be ensured that residents and long-term travelers receive a vaccination at least at the time of departure. Otherwise, the country should prevent these people from leaving the country.
All travelers under four weeks of travel time should have full polio vaccination. Booster vaccinations are necessary every 10 years.
The vaccination must be certified separately in the international vaccination certificate. See also the updated information sheet for polio vaccination when traveling abroad by the health service.
A valid vaccination against yellow fever is required from the age of 1 for entry from a yellow fever endemic area (also after transit stays at airports in these areas), see WHO. There are no vaccination regulations for direct entry from Germany.
- Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
- Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, rabies and Japanese encephalitis (JE).
- Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.
Zika virus infection
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Papua New Guinea is classified with a possible transmission of Zika viruses, i.e. category 1 or 2 of the current WHO classification, even if no new cases of the disease are currently documented.
The risk of transmission can vary considerably both regionally and seasonally.
The predominantly diurnal Aedes- Mosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.
Dengue fever is common in Papua New Guinea.
Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal AedesMosquitoes transmitted The disease is usually accompanied by fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see also information sheet on dengue fever.
- To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.
Chikungunya viruses are increasingly common during and immediately after the rainy season and become diurnal AedesMosquitoes transmitted The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences, and there are seldom long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see also the information sheet on Chikungunya fever.
- To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.
Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anopheles- Mosquitoes transmitted. If left untreated, the dangerous one is particularly dangerous Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see also the Malaria leaflet.
- If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.
There is a high risk of malaria all year round in lower areas below 2,000 m including the capital Moresby. There is a minimal risk above 2,000 m, see Standing Committee for Travel Medicine (StAR) of the DTG.
To avoid malaria, protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:
- Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
- Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body, during the day (dengue) as well as in the evening and at night (malaria).
- If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.
Depending on the travel profile, in addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis (taking tablets) is also useful. Various prescription drugs (e.g. atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine) are available on the German market for this purpose.
- Discuss the choice of medication and its personal adjustment as well as side effects or intolerance to other medication with a tropical medicine or travel medicine specialist before taking it.
- It is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies with you.
HIV / AIDS
There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions. Papua New Guinea has the highest HIV / AIDS incidence in the Pacific, but the number of cases has recently been falling.
- Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is occasionally found in Western, South Highland, Gulf Province, and Milne Bay Province.
JE is inflammation of the brain caused by viruses. These are transmitted by nocturnal mosquitoes. Pigs and waterfowl in particular are infected with the virus without becoming ill themselves. Diseases in humans are rather rare, but then often have a severe course and often leave lasting damage or are fatal. There are no effective drugs against the JE viruses, see the Japanese Encephalitis leaflet.
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