Papua New Guinea lies in the southwestern Pacific ocean, north of Australia and shares its western border with Irian Jaya, a province of Indonesia. It consists of the mainland and several island archipelagos. It has low lying coastal regions and central high rugged mountains and many islands to the north and northeast, some of which are also mountainous.

The climate is hot and humid and has high rainfall in coastal areas. To the north is the Bismark Sea, to the east is the Coral sea and to the South is Torres Strait.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Polio in Papua New Guniea

With the recent reemergence of Polio in Papua New Guniea (Please reference the Health Alerts), all travellers are recommended to be fully immunised against polio (including a booster) before they arrive in Papua New Guinea.

Residents and visitors who have been in Papua New Guinea for more than 4 weeks are required to show proof of polio vaccination when departing Papua New Guinea. Vaccination must have been received within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.

Vaccination should be recorded on the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). If proof of polio vaccination is lacking, travellers may be restricted from departing the country, irrespective of the means of conveyance (road, air, sea). Travellers may also be required to show this certificate in order to gain entry into other countries when arriving from Papua New Guinea.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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