Papua New Guinea
Last update 04 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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We call on Bulgarian citizens to refrain from travelling!
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in the capital - Port Moresby. Papua New Guinea is serviced by the Bulgarian Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Canberra
Address: 29 Pindari Crescent str, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606
Mailing address: P.O.Box 6096 Mawson, ACT 2607 Canberra, Australia
Tel.: +61 2 62869711; +61 2 62869700
Fax: +61 2 62869600
Working hours: 09:00 – 17:30
E-mail: [email protected]
The Embassy of Papua New Guinea in Brussels is accredited for the Republic of Bulgaria.
Embassy of Papua New Guinea in Brussels
Address: Av. De Tervuren430 ,1150 Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium
Tel.: +32 02 7790609
Fax: +32 02 7727088
E-mail: [email protected]
Increased security risk! Under certain circumstances, the current political tension could lead to riots in the country. Following the attempted coup d’état on 26 2January 2012, the situation in the capital Port Moresby has normalised. Nevertheless, it is necessary to avoid crowded places where large groups of people gather.
There are still violent incidents not only in the capital, but also along the border with Indonesia. Domestic flights from the capital to Lae, Vanimo, Kiunga and Wewak have been suspended for an indefinite period of time.
As a whole, there is an increased security risk in the country. Cases of armed robberies and violent attacks are common. The capital Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen and Lae are particularly at risk, as well as the highway journey to the Nadzab airport.
Do not travel to Porgera Township and Tari in Hela Province except in cases of extreme necessity.
It is recommended not to undertake independent trips, but only organised trips with a local escort.
Women travelling alone are at a particular risk for their personal safety.
Do not take any walks or inland trips after nightfall.
Despite the peace agreement signed between the government and the ‘independence fighters’, it is recommended to be particularly cautious during any trip to the Bougainville Island.
The state of healthcare does not meet the Western European standards. The Western Province, and above all the island of Daru, are regions at risk for cholera spread. Other areas affected, according to the Department of Health, are the provinces of Morobe, Madang, East Sepik, West Sepik, Southern Highlands, as well as the metropolitan administrative area with Port Moresby as a center.
The number of people infected with AIDS is high, posing an increasingly serious problem for the country. In case of more severe diseases, on-site treatment is not recommended, especially if surgery is to be undertaken!
Tuberculosis, typhoid, and hepatitis A, B, and C are also prevalent in the country. The risk of malaria is high, except for the capital. There have been cases of mosquito-borne dengue fever across the country.
There is no requirement for special vaccines except for yellow fever when visiting an infected area. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you have been previously vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B, as well as typhoid. For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country. Yellow fever vaccine is administered at the following Regional Health Inspectorates: Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate; Varna RHI; Burgas RHI; Pleven RHI; Plovdiv RHI; Blagoevgrad RHI and Ruse RHI
The import of unlimited amounts of local and foreign currency is allowed. It is recommended that you carry either US dollars, traveller’s checks or credit cards. You can import duty-free items for personal use, including an option of 260 cigarettes, 250 grams of tobacco and1 litre of liquor. Imports of animal food products, except those of New Zealand and Australian origin, and of animals and plants without proper permits are prohibited. The export of animals and plants from the country is prohibited.
Specifics of the legislation:
Papua New Guinea criminalises same-sex sexual activity between men. Such acts are punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years.
Domestic airlines and water transport are the usual means of transport in the country. There are not many built highways connecting the different settlements and the existing ones are partially paved. The roads are in poor condition as a whole, with the exception of the capital. Besides the risk of attacks, the danger of road accidents is also increasing. Inland trips during the night are not recommended, nor is the use of public transport and taxis. Use only taxis of reputable hotels. Domestic airline services are unreliable.
1 EUR = 3,75 Kina (K).
Humid and hot tropical climate throughout the year, without major temperature fluctuations. The period of the northwest monsoon lasts from November to March, and the period of the southeast trade winds — from April to October. Poisonous snakes are common in Papua New Guinea, especially during the rainy season.
Travel papers and visas
International passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel and visa. Bulgarian citizens can obtain a tourist visa, which is valid for a 60-day stay, upon entering the country at the airport in the Port Moresby capital. The fee shall be paid in local currency and amounts to PGK 100.
Attention! Your passport must have at least one blank page so that the entry visa can be affixed to it. There should be no other visa stamps on the back of this page other than the border control stamps.
European Emergency Travel Document
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Papua New Guinea.