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Papua New-Guinea

Papua New-Guinea

Rising from the wreckage of World War II occupation, Papua New Guinea has developed an identity of its own that expats have come to recognize. Serene wild life, unperturbed forest sanctuary and scenic mountain views, it’s an expat’s paradise. If you’re relocating to this tropical hideaway, check out our handy guide for a bit of info.

Papa New-Guinea

Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Papua New Guinea and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

The Ela Murray International School

The Ela Murray International School is a non-profit, private, co-educational day school. TEMIS is owned and operated by the IEA – the International Education Agency of Papua New Guinea (www.iea.ac.pg). The governance of the school rests with a Board composed of parents and professional staff.

Curriculum: IEA Early Childhood Curriculum

Address: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tel: +675 3252183 or +675 3252833

Mobile: +675 7304 2088 or +675 7685 7321

Fax: +675 3257925

Website: elamurray.com


The International School of Lae

The International School of Lae is an Early Childhood to Grade 6 school in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The school buildings are set amongst tropical gardens with wide expanses of lawn for recreation activities. The school is located in Eriku on Bumbu Road.

Curriculum: IEA Curriculum

Address: Portion 361, Bumbu Road, Eriku, Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea

Tel: (+675) 479-1425

Fax: (+675) 472-3485

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tisol.ac.pg

Local News in English

The National

This is an English-language news site that covers national events, sports business with editorials and readers letters.

Website: www.thenational.com.pg



EMTV is the prime source for all PNG News, Papua New Guinea happenings

Website: www.emtv.com.pg

Country Information 

Location:  Pacific

Capital City: Port Moresby

Currency: Kina

Language: English, Pidgin, Motu

Calling Code: +675

Internet TLD: .pg

Electricity: The country runs on 240V 50Hz. Electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed by PNG Power Limited PPL.

Address: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tel: +675 324 3200, +675 325 0072

Website: www.pngpower.com.pg


Emergency Numbers:   

Ambulance: 000

Fire: 000

Police: 000

Country Information


Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Foreigners need a visa to enter and stay in Papua New Guinea. Applications are coursed through a Papua New Guinea embassy or a consulate. Certain nationals from countries may obtain a visa on arrival. The country’s immigration service site has a list of countries and their corresponding visa regulations>>

There are different types of visas available: visitor, business, student, special exmption, entertainer and working resident. Expats wanting an extended stay in the country will have to get a long-term visa like a working resident visa. This visa applies to business person or investors, short term employment (12 months), employment (3 months to 3 years), consultant specilists, dependent of citizen, and major development project company employee.

Work Resident visas are valid for up to 3 years. Applications, including passport, medical documentation and police certifcate can be lodged at a Papua New Guinea embassy or consulate. The local sponsor then lodges supporting documentation at the immigration services in Papua New Guinea. There are different document requirements for each type of work resident visa, for employment non-governmental:
  • Certificate of incorporation;
  • IPA certificate permitting a foreign enterprise to conduct business in PNG (if applicable).
  • Maintenance Guarantee Bond;
  • Letter of approval from DLIR regarding work permit;
  • Educational qualifications and CV.

For further information about other types of visas please visit the Papua New Guinea immigration site >> 


Port Moresby is the first point of contact in Papua New Guinea especially for expats. The city is a very commercial area; high-rise buildings, modern apartment complexes and luxury homes are found in the city and in residential areas. The residential areas are in Konedobu, Broko and Gordons. However popular surveys named it one of the least livable cities. Security problems and high cost of accommodation are some of the factors plaguing the city. Apartment rentals go as low as $1,300 per month in the city.

An alternative to Port Moresby is the second largest city, Lae. It’s also a buslting city like the capital, however life here isn’t as hectic. Apartment rental is also cheaper, starting from an average of $420 per month for a single bedroom unit.

Driving License

A domestic and international license may be used to drive legally in the country for up to 1 month. Expats may exchange their domestic license for a local license through the Motor Traffic Registry Office. A form should be filled out and a processing fee will be requested. Click here for the link to the form >> 

It is important that expats carry their local PNG license all the time as roadblocks are common in the city. 


Adequate healthcare for routine and basic cases are available in the country. However, for extreme cases requiring specialist equipment and treatments, patients are evacuated to Australia, which is expensive. Malaria is common in the country, so vaccinations are recommended before travelling to Papua New Guinea. Medication can be scarce; expats are advised to keep a stock of necessary personal and prescription medicines as these can be hard and difficult to obtain.

A comprehensive medical insurance covering and reimbursing costs of treatment including medical evacuation is highly recommended.

Insurance Companies


Capital Insurance Group

Capital Insurance Group (CIG) is the holding company into which both Capital Life Insurance Company Ltd (CLI) and Capital General Insurance Limited (CGI) consolidate. CIG is a PNG wholly owned company providing life and general insurance products to individuals and the corporate market.

Address: Level 2, TISA Haus, Sir John Guise Drive, Waigani NCD

Tel: +675 323 1144, +675 7290 0174

Fax: +675 323 2533

Website: www.cig.com.pg


MSH International ASFE

For twenty years, ASFE has designed and managed international healthcare insurance solutions for all mobile individuals:
  • Expatriates living abroad alone or with their families,
  • Students, interns and young people with "Working Holiday Visas",
  • Self-employed persons or company employees,
  • Seniors.

Website: www.asfe-expat.com



Pacific International Hospital

Address: Stpores Road, Four Mile, P.O. Box 6103, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tel: +675 323 4400

Fax: +675 323 4600


Port Moresby General Hospital

Address: Private Mail BGA No 1, Port Moresby, 111, Papua New Guinea

Tel: +675 324 8200

Fax: +675 325 0342


The Private Hospital

Address: P.O. Box 1421, Taurama Road, Boroko, Papua New Guinea

Tel: +675 325 6022

Fax: +675 325 8212