More than 50 thousand years ago, Papua New Guinea was inhabited by the inhabitants of the Asian part of the mainland. Numerous migrations from the mainland to Australia allowed many ethnic groups to settle here. To date, the country is one of the least explored for European tourists. On such a small piece of land, a wide variety of natural complexes and rich wildlife are concentrated. In addition, tribes with a distinctive culture live on the territory of Papua New Guinea. It is safe to say that this diversity, almost untouched by modern man, is the main magnet for travelers.
Geography of Papua New Guinea
According to simplyyellowpages, Papua New Guinea lies in Oceania and occupies the eastern part of the island of New Guinea, part of the islands from the Bismarck archipelago and the northern part of the Solomon Islands. It borders with Australia and the Solomon Islands along the sea border, and with Indonesia along the land border.
The area of Papua New Guinea is 462,840 km2. sq., occupies the 54th place in the world by area.
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The national currency is the kina (PGK).
The official language is English, Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu.
Visa to Papua New Guinea
To travel to Papua New Guinea, residents of the CIS must obtain a visa. There is no embassy of this state in Russia, so documents must be submitted to the Australian embassy, or sent to the nearest embassy of the country, which is located in Brussels. After receiving a tourist visa, you can stay in the country for up to two months. The processing time usually takes from two weeks to one month. The consular fee is $ 35, when obtaining a visa through the Australian Embassy in Moscow, you must pay the consular fee when crossing the border.
Weather in Papua New Guinea
The climate in the country is humid and very hot. In summer, the average temperature can rise to +32 C, and in winter to +28 C. At the same time, at any time of the year on the coast, the temperature can rise to +40 C. Significant daily temperature drops are inherent in the country, even in its central part, night temperatures can drop up to +6 C. The amount of precipitation varies from 1300 to 5000 mm per year in different parts of the country. The rainy season, like the dry season, can occur at any time of the year, but most often the wet season occurs in December-March. The most comfortable climatic conditions for visiting are observed in May-October.
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According to official data, 70% of the inhabitants of Papua New Guinea are Christians, but still the bulk of the population, especially in the central regions of the country, are still adherents of traditional beliefs.
The crime rate in the country is quite high, the biggest problems are scammers and street robbers. At night, it is undesirable to visit remote areas, being on the street, you should not show your well-being (jewelry and expensive equipment). When exchanging currency, cases of fraud are not uncommon for money changers.
Due to the lack of modern medical equipment and qualified personnel, as well as insufficient funding for medicine, its level in the country is quite low. Things are a little better in private clinics. It is advisable to have medical insurance with you, which will provide for evacuation by air in case of emergency.