Papua New Guinea - Country Commercial Guide
Business Travel

Includes information on business customs, travel advisory, visa requirements, and other aspects of international travel. 

Last published date: 2022-08-11

Business Customs

It is common practice for formal meetings to be accompanied with refreshments. This often includes sandwiches and hot beverages.

Formal business attire for men ranges from a business suit, a long-sleeved shirt with a tie, or a formal tropical (Hawaiian) shirt. Formal business wear for women includes a (work) dress or a two-piece outfit of a long-sleeved shirt with long slacks or a knee-length skirt.

The exchanging of business cards during formal gatherings is expected.

It is also common for traditional gifts to be given as a way of welcome and thanking.

Travel Advisory

Information can be found on the State Department link:

Visa requirements

US citizens traveling to PNG for holidays can obtain a visa on arrival and should apply for business visas for conducting business. Information on PNG entry visa requirements can be found following this link: PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority.

Further information on PNG can be found here:

U.S. Companies that require travel of foreign businesspersons to the United States are advised that security evaluations are handled via an interagency process. Visa applicants should go to the following link(s):  State Department Visa Website


PNG Kina (PGK)

1 Kina (K) = 100 Toea.

Major foreign currencies in PNG include the U.S. Dollar, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, British Pound, European Euro, Japanese Yen, and Chinese Yuan.

PNG’s commercial banking sector comprises four commercial banks. Two are Australian institutions, Westpac and Australian and New Zealand Group (ANZ) banks.  Local banks include Bank of South Pacific (BSP) and Kina Bank.  BSP is the largest bank in the country, operating 77 branches, 40 sub-branches, 201 agents, 544 ATMs, and 11,033 electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) units.

All four commercial banks accept credit or debit cards, while traveler’s checks are not allowed. Local bank services are available for U.S. ATM networks.


Mobile roaming is possible in Papua New Guinea, though it is costly. The use of local SIM card from mobile communication companies, Digicel, and BeMobile, is advisable. Vodafone has also entered the PNG mobile communications market as the third mobile operator company and has provided. Mobile communication network is widely accessible. Internet access in Port Moresby has improved in recent years. Fast-speed internet service and wireless via a USB modem are now available in the country.

An adapter to plug in your appliances into PNG’s power sockets is advisable. The adapter required for Papua New Guinea is a Type 1 Australia plug. The plugs have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third vertical pin in the center. The electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz.


Public transportation within the country is through buses, taxis, and aircrafts. To conduct business meetings, or for personal travel within the country, private hire vehicles are strongly advisable. 

Further transportation information is provided at


Official Languages: English, Pidgin, and Hiri Motu.


Refer to Health Advice from the State Department consular information sheet:

Local Time, Business Hours, and Holidays:

Papua New Guinea is 10 hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (+10 UTC).

Business Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Government business hours: 7:45am – 4:06pm

Refer to link for list of holidays in Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea public holidays for 2022 - Business Advantage PNG

Temporary Entry of Materials and Personal Belongings:

Generally, to be eligible for a business or a short-term employment visa, an applicant must show that the applicant is a genuine person or engaged in approved employment, with the intention of leaving Papua New Guinea at the end of your stay.

Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, the applicant may be asked to provide Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) with evidence to support your application