Papua New Guinea Travel Tips

Welcome to Walindi Plantation Resort

Papua New Guinea is a beautiful and culturally rich country. To make your trip as comfortable as possible please read through the following travel tips. 

Travel Insurance

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 go to: http://www.danasiapacific.org/main/membership/DAN_Coverage_Walindi.php  

Diving

Please remember to pack your certification card, insurance details and log book (if you have one).  Please bring originals of the signed guest information sheet and waiver with you and hand to reception at the resort or the dive manager.   The dive team will 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 us.  

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.  Otherwise, there is a currency exchange desk and ATM at the international terminal in Port Moresby.  If you were not planning to venture outside Walindi you will not need to carry much Kina – we accept AUD, USD, Euro and Kina cash as well as all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Amex).  There is no surcharge for credit card payments made at the resort. 

Visas

Passport holders of certain nationalities require approval from PNG Immigration prior to arrival in order for visas to be issued.  

Latest advice we have from PNG Immigration is as follows: 

“Visitor and business entry permits are not available upon arrival for citizens of these countries: Afghanistan, all African countries, most Arab & Middle Eastern countries (including Turkey), Bangladesh, all Caribbean Islands states, Central and Eastern European countries, India, Nepal, North Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, China, former satellite states of the Soviet Union, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.” 


Note that as of July 2019, certain nationalities can apply for a tourist visa online for USD50.  Getting a visa on arrival (if eligible) is still no cost, however if you have a tight connection, then getting your visa ahead of time is now an option online.   Online applications can only be made through the following website: https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa/account/Apply


Note that as of July 2016, Australian passport holders can obtain a tourist visa on arrival in PNG.  This tourist visa is free of charge, valid for 30 days and cannot be extended. 


We highly recommend that all visitors to Papua New Guinea check current visa requirements and most up to date advices with their local foreign mission in advance of arrival, as PNG Immigration rulings are subject to change without notice.  We do recommend that all travellers obtain a visa in advance of arrival for this reason, and to save time when you may find yourself with a short flight connection time in Port Moresby.  For a list of locations please visit: https://ica.gov.pg/overseas-mission-and-posts


Applications for a visa can be made online, directly with the consulate/embassy or through a travel agent.  Procedures for obtaining your visa are listed here:- https://ica.gov.pg/visa/visit/visitor  Please note, if you do plan on getting your visa on arrival, please ensure you have six months validity and at least one full blank page in your passport. 

GST

Note that all tourism related services prepaid from outside Papua New Guinea are currently exempt from GST, and all published rates do not include 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% GST charge. 

Local Customs

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. 

Luggage

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 30kg for international and 16kg for domestic flights.  For more information please see: http://airniugini.com.pg/plan-book/baggage/  

Arriving at Port Moresby International Airport

Port Moresby is the major international airport for Papua New Guinea, and most international air travellers will enter the country via this airport.  If you already have your visa, proceed straight to the "Visitors with Visas" line.  We recommend organising 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 “Visitors without Visas” line to obtain a tourist visa in your passport. 


If you are connecting through to an Air Niugini domestic flight on the same day, there is a domestic check-in transfer counter at the international terminal (see map below).  It is recommended you re-lodge your luggage here for your onward domestic flight and collect your boarding pass before heading to the domestic terminal building.  


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 departure gates. 


A map of the International Terminal at Jackson Airport Port Moresby below - click for full view.

Flight Cancellation/ Delay

In the event your flight to Hoskins (HKN) is delayed or cancelled, do not panic!  Please ensure you contact Walindi either via email or phone to discuss options. 


You may not get much indication from airline staff as to what to do next in the event of cancellation of your flight.  If you have already checked your bags, head to the carousel to find them.  Once you have all your belongings, exit the domestic terminal and go to the international building.  Locate the customer service desk for your airline and explain your flight was cancelled and request assistance to re-schedule.  The airline staff member should then organise you overnight accommodation if necessary, shuttle transfers and issue you with a new departure time.  Alternatively, you can go to the customer service desk in the domestic terminal but to avoid excessive lines and unnecessary wait times we recommend seeing staff at the international terminal first. 


We do make every attempt to track down guests who may not arrive due to cancelled or delayed flights, and wherever possible obtain revised travel plans directly from the airline.  Airport transfer from Hoskins will then be re-scheduled accordingly.  However, we ask that guests attempt to contact Walindi Resort if they can (see contact details below) to advise that you will not be arriving as planned.  If you do not have a phone with you, most hotels in Port Moresby will contact Walindi if requested, to advise of revised plans. 


Contact numbers for Walindi Plantation Resort - +675 9835 441 or +675 723 48460

Arriving at Hoskins (HKN) Airport

Hoskins (HKN) 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.  

Airport Transfers

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. 

Packing List

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 code at Walindi is always casual, however it should be noted that some Papua New Guineans will be offended by ladies with uncovered upper thighs, and we ask that you respect local customs.  


Laundry service is provided daily at the Resort.


Additional items you may want to bring are sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or visor and bug spray. Hair dryers can be provided on request.   

Malaria

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, Larium is not recommended as an anti-malarial for divers. 

Electricity

The electrical current 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, battery bank system which will run the ceiling fan, lighting and a charging socket overnight. 

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Our friendly reservations team are happy to assist you with booking your holiday or answering any questions.  

Call us on +675 7234 8460 or email resort@walindifebrina.com.