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Money and duty free for Papua New Guinea

Currency and Money

Currency information

Kina (PGK; symbol K) = 100 toea. Notes are in denominations of K100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of K1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 toea.

Credit cards

American Express is the most widely accepted credit card; MasterCard and Visa are often accepted as well.

Travellers cheques

Accepted by most shops and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, traveller's are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon-Thurs 0845-1500, Fri 0845-1600.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency. The export of local currency is restricted to K200 and foreign currency to the equivalent of K10,000.

Currency exchange

Exchange facilities are available through trade banks.

Papua New Guinea duty free


The following may be imported into Papua New Guinea by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:


• 200/250 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars.

• 2L of alcoholic beverages.

• 1L of perfume.

• New goods up to a value of K6,000 (K3,000 for children under 18).


Banned Imports

Prohibited items include counterfeit bank notes and coins, goods manufactured using prison labour, flick knives, matches containing white or yellow phosphorus, parrots, parakeets and related birds, plastic shopping bags, gaming machines, and firearm silencers.

Restricted items requiring special permission or certification include animals, narcotics, fireworks, fish, food, goods considered a danger to the community, pornographic and violent publications and films, goods that infringe intellectual property rights, literature advocating the overthrow by force of any country, literature inciting hostility against the Papua New Guinea government, pesticides, plumage and skins of birds of paradise and crown pigeons, rice, radioactive substances, tear gas, and vaccines.

Banned Exports

Dangerous drugs are completely prohibited.

Restricted exports requiring special permission include crocodiles and their parts, flora and fauna, timber, geological and fossil materials, alluvial gold, pearl-shell oysters, natural cultural property, and goods acquired illegaly.

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