PAPUA NEW GUINEA CUSTOMS AND QUARANTINE

On arrival in Papua New Guinea, all goods are subject to customs and quarantine control.

All travellers are advised to do a thorough Declaration of Customs and Quarantine.

Below are the three important processes to go through after your Visa and Passport checks:
  • Declaration
  • Red/Green Ways Out
  • Baggage Search

Declaration

International travellers upon arrival at Papua New Guinea International Airport (Jackson’s International Airport) or other Customs entry ports in Papua New Guinea are required to comply with Customs and Immigration formalities (such as completion and presentation of Immigration Arrival Card, passport and airline travel documents and Customs and Quarantine-Passenger Declarations).

International travellers are warned against making a false declaration, as there are heavy penalties under the Customs Act for such an offence. Offenders could be issued with an administrative penalty, face forfeiture of their goods or be prosecuted in a court of law.

Travellers to Papua New Guinea will receive a Passenger Declaration Form (covering the Customs and Quarantine Acts). A tick must be made in the Customs section of your arrival form if you are bringing any of the following into Papua New Guinea:
  • Goods that may be prohibited or restricted, such as weapons, objectionable (indecent) articles, wildlife products, or illicit drugs;
  • Goods in excess of the K1000.00 allowance (K500 for travellers under 18);
  • More than 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco products per adult (over18);
  • More than 2 litres of alcoholic beverage per Adult (over 18); or
  • Goods for commercial, business or trade purposes.
 You may need to show proof of purchase and price paid so please have any receipts available for inspection by a Papua New Guinea Customs Officer.

Red/Green Ways Out

After you clear Customs Passport Control and collect your baggage, you have the choice of entering the "Green Channel” if you believe they have nothing to declare to Customs, or the "Red Channel” if you have declared goods that may be of interest to either Customs or Quarantine.
Baggage Search

Customs Officers in Papua New Guinea are trained in both baggage examination and questioning of passengers. Not all passengers’ baggage is examined, with Customs employing a number of techniques based on risk management and risk assessment to select examinations of those posing a higher risk. Dutiable goods in excess of the allowances for passengers are referred to a revenue collector for payment of the normal amounts of Customs Duty and/or GST. Quarantine Officers are also on hand to examine any plant or animal products that are declared to or detected by Customs baggage examiners. If you are unsure whether an item should be declared to Customs or Quarantine or if you need help clearing Customs, please do not hesitate to ask a Customs Officer for assistance.

PROHIBITED/RESTRICTED IMPORTS

Narcotics

Please note carefully that the importation of narcotics into PNG is prohibited or restricted under different laws of the National Government. Offenders face heavy penalties including imprisonment.

Firearms And Weapons

The importation of certain types of firearms/weapons such as spring-bladed knives, daggers, swordsticks, knuckledusters, firearms including air, gas, flare, spear and starting signal pistols or guns is restricted in Papua New Guinea and must always be declared. Release is subject to the approval of Police Authorities.

All such articles, following clearance in the country of export/departure port, must not be carried in the passenger cabin of an aircraft or vessel but should be packed and carried in the freight or hold area of the aircraft or vessel. Because of security restrictions, please do not carry them on your person or in your hand baggage.

Censorship Of Video Tapes & Films

Videotapes and films are subject to the Classification of Publication (Censorship) Act 1989, besides duty payments where applicable. Some delay in clearance is bound to take place, so please bear this in mind.

Obscene Literature

Obscene material such as pictures, pornographic movies, or any other undesirable literature in violation of public decency and integrity of the Government of Papua New Guinea is a prohibited import.

Medicines

If you require medicines containing habit-forming drugs or narcotics (eg, diuretics, depressants, stimulants, heart drugs, tranquillisers, sleeping pills) you should have a prescription from your physician advising that the medicine is being used under a doctor's direction and is necessary for your physical well being and carry the drugs in their original containers.

Some radio transmitting equipment and telephones offered for sale overseas, while not prohibited imports, are restricted and may not comply with Papua New Guinea Post and Telecommunications licensing conditions.

If you are intending to import any such equipment it is advisable to first check with the Controller, Spectrum Radio Licensing Branch in Port Moresby.

Quarantine

Papua New Guinea is free from many exotic pests and diseases of both plant/animal that are present in other parts of the world.

Therefore when completing either oral or written declaration, the following must be brought to the attention of both Customs and Quarantine Officers: whether during the previous 14 days while overseas, you have visited a farm, made contact with farm animals, visited an abattoir or meat packing place or visited a plantation or been in contact with plantation crops.

Agricultural Items

  • All kinds of food, both fresh, smoked, canned bottled or manufactured.
  • Plants (live/dry), bulbs, flowers, straws, all wooden articles, bamboo, cereals, noodles, sea weeds, cuttings etc.
  • Animal products includes semen, meat, salami, sausages, ham, poultry, butter, cheese, feathers, hair, skins, eggs, baby food.
  • Biological specimens, vaccines, cultures, blood etc.
  • Equipment used with all the animals or other agricultural purposes.
  • Sporting equipment eg: golf sticks, soccer boots, rugby boots etc.

Domestic Pets

There are prohibitions and restrictions governing the importation of all domestic pets such as cats/dogs into Papua New Guinea that are strictly enforced.

For further information, please contact NAQIS on telephone number (675) 311 2100 or email naqia@dg.com.pg or write to the Chief Quarantine Officer at the following address:

Department of Agriculture and Livestock Quarantine Section, P O Box 2141, Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea