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    Papua New Guinea

    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
    • In short

      • Region
        Oceania
      • Capital
        Port Moresby
      • Population
        6,858,000
      • Currency
        Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
      • Languages
        English, local languages
    • Flag

      Flag of Papua New Guinea
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Papua New Guinea). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Japanese encephalitis
    Vaccination is recommended for any stay longer than a month in rural areas. To consider whether any visits outside urban areas are planned or if an outbreak is underway in the region, even if the stay is less than a month.
    Yellow fever
    A certificate is mandatory for all travellers 1 year and older having travelled through an area with risk of transmission.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    High prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    Malaria
    Malaria is present in areas below 1800 m. Mefloquine (Lariam), atovaquone combined with proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline (Vibramycin) are the drugs of choice.
    HIV
    A screening test is required for entry permit applicants over 16 years of age.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Rabies
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups and adventure travellers.

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in Papua New Guinea, contact:

    Papua New Guinea - PORT MORESBY
    Australian High Commission
    Address: Godwit Road, Waigani NCD, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    Tel.: 675 325-9333
    Fax: 675 325-9239
    Website: www.png.embassy.gov.au/pmsb/home.html

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!