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Crime In Papua New Guinea

If you’re intelligent, curious and not frightened of your own shadow, you’ll find PNG a fascinating place to visit.  Like all developing societies, PNG has its challenges. The movement of unskilled rural workers see

Papua New Guinea - Trekking the Kokoda Trail

The Kokada Trail, best known as the scene of some of the most bitter fighting between Australian and Japanese forces in World War II (1942) is today, one of the most popular recreational treks in PNG. The Kokoda Trail wa

How To Stay Healthy In Papua New Guinea

It's no surprise that medical facilities in PNG - a developing nation - are basic. The capital, Port Moresby and the larger towns have hospitals. While these are adequate for routine problems and most emergencies, equipm

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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea #ttot

over 4 years ago

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits off Papua New Guinea coast #ttot

almost 5 years ago

6.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea #png #travel

about 5 years ago

6.4-magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea #png

over 5 years ago

RT @FluTrackers: Mystery disease in Papua New Guinea is suspected typhoid #fb

almost 7 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Papua New Guinea

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

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Is it safe to travel to Port Moresby at the moment with all the political unrest?

Port Moresby has a big safety question mark over it at the best of times. The rascals and a general level of lawlessness means crime is very high in the capi... read more »
over 5 years ago

Do I need to take any safety precautions when going to Papua New Guinea?

Sadly you do. The crime rate in PNG is very, very high. Have a look at this assessment on read more »
almost 6 years ago

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