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 Papua New Guinea - Formalities

Clearance

All vessels are required to give notice of impending arrival to Customs, Quarantine and Immigration no later than 48 hours before arrival.

The following details will be required:- the name of the yacht; your intended first port of arrival; your estimated arrival time; your last four ports of call; the details of people on board including name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number, details of any illness or disease recently encountered; if you have any animals on board; if you have any firearms on board.

On arrival, clearly display the Q-flag on entering PNG waters and go directly to an appointed boarding station. Clearance must be completed before going ashore. No persons other than a Quarantine or Customs officer is allowed to board, nor can any person, animal or article leave the boat until full clearance has been granted.

Depending on your arrival time, Customs and Quarantine may require all persons to remain on board overnight before clearing you the following day. Contact with other vessels in port before clearance is also prohibited.

It is necessary to clear in and out of every port and failure to do so can create serious problems. Before departure from Papua New Guinea, Customs and Immigration clearance is required. This is available at any Customs port. Customs should be contacted in advance to avoid unnecessary delay.

A cruising permit will be issued with the same time limit as the skipper's visa. If the skipper wishes to leave PNG and then return, prior approval must be obtained from Customs.

It is an offence to depart without clearance.

See PNG Customs website for more information.

Last updated September 2012.

Customs, Immigration & Quarantine
PO Box 1830 ,Port Moresby, NCD
Tel:(675) 322 6827 Fax:(675) 320 3442
Contact the authorities via the contact form on their website.

Immigration

All visitors must have a passport vaild for at least one year and must also have an entry visa. Sixty day visas can be obtained in advance. Renewing your visa is reported to be lengthy and complicated.

Anyone arriving without a vias, must apply for a Boarder Visa at the first port of call. Such visas are valid for 30 days. Only Immigration officers can grant these visas, and as officers are not permanently present at the ports, applicants may suffer considerable inconvenience and delay on arrival.

At the PNG Embassy in Honiara and you can get a visa for PNG.  It takes 5 working days to get.

There are also PNG diplomatic missions in Canberra, Brisbane, Suva, Vila, Honiara, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Wellington, Manila, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels.

Visas granted on arrival are valid for 30 days, after which the passports have to be sent to Port Moresby for an extension. Extensions are for 30 days, at a cost of 200 kina for the captain and 50 kina for each crew member. Occasionally passports have been reported lost, but they have invariably turned up later. Even if an extension has not been granted, people have been allowed to stay while the search for the missing passports is in progress. It is recommended to send passports by courier. Proof of sufficient funds to support one's stay in PNG is necessary, otherwise one has to place an immigration landing bond of about US$1000, which is refundable. Passports must have a minimum one year validity from proposed date of entry.

Last updated November 2012.

Customs

Customs

Firearms, including flareguns, are either detained until departure, or sealed on board. A week's notice of departure is required is firearms have to be returned.

Prescribed medicines containing narcotics must be declared. One must have a prescription stating that these are necessary and being used under a doctor's direction. The medicines should be kept in the original containers.

A cruise permit may be issued to the Master of the craft if Customs is satisfied the craft is transiting Papua New Guinea for non-commercial purposes. Cruise permits may be issued for the length of the Master's visa. Extension of the permit may be granted on application, provided you have an appropriate visa.

If your visa allows you to reside in Papua New Guinea for a limited period you may be required to temporarily import a craft into Papua New Guinea. Temporary importation without paying Customs duty and tax is subject to: the vessel being exported within 12 months of arrival and a security in cash or an appropriate bank guarantee being provided equal to the duty and tax that would otherwise be payable. More information on the Customs website.

Prohibited exports are: bird of paradise plumes, artefacts dated pre-1960 and stone objects, except stone axes.

Currency amounting to K5000 or more (or the equivalent in foreign currency), must be declared on arrival and departure.

Currency includes notes and coins but does not include travellers cheques. Reporting is required by law and failure to do so is an offence.

Quarantine

All garbage must remain sealed on board.

The galley stores may be inspected and suspect food destroyed.

If you have an animal on board you must remain at a mid-water mooring or anchorage and keep the animal secure for the duration of your stay in Papua New Guinea.

To help keep marine pests out of Papua New Guinea before you leave your last port we ask that you voluntarily adopt a bio protection strategy by:-
Keeping all ancillary gear and internal seawater systems clean of marine pests and growths.
Cleaning your vessels' hull where possible before arrival or apply antifouling paint within one year before arrival.

There is a charge for quarantine inspection.

Last updated September 2012.

Health

This is a high-risk malaria area, where the disease has become resistant to many of the anti-malarial drugs in use. Advice should be taken as to the most suitable anti-malarial prevention to be followed.

Cruisers based in PNG advise the following (May 2013):
You can purchase Malcurra over the counter for malaria treatment. Malcurra is Artesunate, which is an excellent and cheap treatment to have in your first aid kit in the event that you get malaria. Fansidar is also available over the counter, and taking Fansidar after the course of Artesunate will kick the parasites right out of your system.

Cholera continues to be reported throughout Papua New Guinea. Outbreaks in the National Capital District (Port Moresby) and the Central province have been confirmed.

There is also a dengue fever risk. Tuberculosis is endemic, dengue fever occurs frequently and there are occasional outbreaks of Hepatitis A and typhoid. AIDS/HIV is a growing problem.

Fees

There are no fees for clearing into PNG, except for Quarantine.

A departure tax may be charged per crew member.

Overtime is payable for clearance after 1600 Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Visa fees (2009): AU$133 for the captain, AU$30 per crew member.

Last updated September 2012.

Restrictions

Protection of the enviroment is taken very seriously and every precaution applied to preserve the flora and fauna of the country.

Don't throw any waste or foodstuffs overboard. Use designated quarantine disposal points. Keep all food and animals secure until Quarantine officers have inspected your vessel. Do not trade foodstuffs with other overseas vessels. Keep your vessel free of insects. Clean your vessels' hull where possible before arrival (or apply antifouling paint within one year before arrival) and keeping all ancillary gear and internal seawater systems clean of marine pests and growths.

Pets

Animals must remain on board at all times.

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