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Papua New Guinea


Native languages

  • 78.1%Papuan Languages

  • 20.0%Malenasian Languages

Safety : passable

The country knows an average crime, it is necessary to remain cautious and to avoid showing signs of wealth or to walk in precarious districts. The police can be corrupt.

Hygiene : bad

The healthcare is inefficient. The sanitary situation is worrying, you can easily get sick or be infected with a parasite.


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Tourists are advised to be extra vigilant during their stay. There are public order issues, particularly in the Port Moresby, Mount Hagen and Lae areas. Carjackings, attacks, armed robberies, shootings and serious indecent assault such as rape occur frequently.

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If you are traveling by car, it is always advisable to lock the doors and keep the windows closed. If you are driving in the evening or at night, plan a convoy. Insecurity is less of a problem in the countryside. The area around the Parliament in Waigani (Port Moresby), the road between Lae and Lae Nadzab Airport and the road between Goroka and Kainantu are risk areas. Criminals form roadblocks to stop vehicles. They then attack the occupants and steal valuables.

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A separatist movement reigns on Bougainville Island. If you nevertheless wish to visit the island, you must notify the provincial administration of Bougainville before your departure, at the number +675 973 9798 and again upon your arrival.

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Restricted area

The central and mountainous region of Bougainville, the area around the old Panguna mine, should be avoided. Foreigners who entered this area without permission from the authorities were interrogated for several days and had their passports seized.

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Driving is on the left. If you are involved in a traffic accident or if you witness an accident, it is advisable to call the police as soon as possible, sudden crowds and violence are rife.

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Police checks

Police checks around Port Moresby and the rest of the country are frequent. It is important that the vehicle registration and safety decals are in order, in order to avoid trouble at roadblocks. Bribes are common. Most of the time, the police let strangers pass, but sometimes they are asked for a "tip".

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Tap water

Tap water is not suitable for drinking. However, it is possible to brush your teeth with tap water in luxury hotels.

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There are a lot of poisonous snakes. In the rainy season, there is an increase in the number of snakebites.

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The number of people carrying the AIDS virus is very high. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common.

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Yellow fever

Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory.

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Dengue fever

Sometimes there are outbreaks of dengue fever. It is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, mostly during the rainy season. Symptoms are high fever, muscle and joint pain, and rash. No vaccine exists.This disease is dangerous and sometimes fatal, it is important to seek immediate medical attention as soon as you notice the first symptoms. It is also advisable to protect yourself against mosquitoes, by using mosquito repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net and wearing long clothes. Dengue fever occurs in cities as well as in the countryside.

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Malaria is endemic in Papua New Guinea. It is strongly recommended that you sleep under a mosquito net and use a DEET type mosquito repellent. We also advise you to take a prophylactic even for a short stay. Depending on your general health, your doctor will prescribe the indicated treatment.

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Healthcare facilities

Hospital facilities are very poorly equipped and pharmacies only have the minimum necessary. Consider bringing your own pharmacy. If you have a serious medical problem you will need to be evacuated to Australia.

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Homosexuality is illegal and can result in a heavy prison sentence

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