Papua New Guinea Local Culture

Electricity, Currency, Driving, Tipping, Cuisine, Shopping & Departure Tax
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Close up of coral polyps on a reef in Papua New Guinea
Coral polyps on a reef in Papua New Guinea (Linda Pitkin/Digital Vision/Getty)

Electrical current in the country is 240 volts AC 50Hz. Some hotels have 110-volt outlets in guestrooms.

Currency/Credit Cards
The unit of currency in PNG is the kina. Most international-currency traveler's checks are accepted and banks can be found in all the major centers. Major credit cards are also accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies. Bank of South Pacific can be found at Port Moresby's international airport for currency exchange on arrival and departure.

International driver's licenses are valid for three months upon arrival. Vehicles travel on the left side of the road with a city speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour.

Tipping is neither expected nor encouraged.

Western cuisine is available in hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, and lodges. Port Moresby has many excellent Asian and European restaurants. Most hotels serve a variety of international and local food.

All goods and services bought in PNG will include a 10 percent goods and services tax (GST). Artifacts and handicrafts can be found throughout PNG and visitors can purchase a wide range of locally grown fruits and vegetables from local markets.

Departure Tax
All issued international tickets should include PNG departure and terminal taxes. Check with your local travel agent.

Published: 9 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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