Entry and Exit
Singaporeans may obtain a visa-on-arrival in Papua New Guinea. A tourist visa is free and is valid for 60 days.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the High Commission of Papua New Guinea in Singapore, or refer to the Papua New Guinea Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority website (www.immigration.gov.pg) for the latest information.
Safety and Security
Do not leave your belongings unattended and be aware of your surroundings. Stay vigilant, travel in groups, and avoid going out at night alone. Know your risk appetite and ensure that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance that will cover your chosen activity. Travellers should note that medical facilities on the islands are limited and that medical evacuation can be expensive.
There are restrictions on the import of fruit, vegetables, and animal products due to local quarantine measures.
Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances. Travellers are advised to dress appropriately and be aware of local sensitivities.
According to the World Health Organisation, there has been transmission of the Zika virus in Papua New Guinea. Travellers, especially pregnant women and couples who intend to conceive, are advised to seek up-to-date medical advice on the potential risks associated with their specific itinerary.
There have been cases of Polio transmission in Papua New Guinea. Travellers should be up to date with age-appropriate doses of polio vaccination before travel.
There have been instances of ethnic conflicts. Regularly monitor local news and avoid areas where there is unrest. Consult trusted local sources and follow the advice of local authorities.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel - Be Safe and Be Informed [29 May 2019]
In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.
Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and to heed advice of the local authorities.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.
Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]
There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.