Sandy beach on Haven island, Papua New Guinea

Travel Vaccinations for Papua New Guinea

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Papua New Guinea

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Typhoid
From £60
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Japanese Encephalitis
From £99
Rabies
From £75
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Papua New Guinea. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Reef in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

Destination Information for Papua New Guinea

If you’re planning a visit to Papua New Guinea, it’s important to be prepared and aware of the risks as well as the stunning cultural experience of the country. The crime levels, particularly for serious and violent crime, are very high. As an undeveloped country, law and order and its enforcement is poor. There is recent civil unrest following national elections, and the potential for fighting, assaults, car-jacking and other serious crime is high. Avoid walking or driving at night in any area. If you have to drive, do so with your doors and windows locked at all times. Consider using a guide or escort when walking in any unfamiliar area. If you’re travelling in areas close to the border with Indonesia, be aware that there are particularly high levels of conflict here. It’s advisable to check the current local situation for your specific destination before you travel and to make plans accordingly.

Medical facilities in Papua New Guinea are basic. The country has been identified as being at risk from the recent Zika virus outbreak, for which there is no vaccine. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy it is advisable to reconsider travel to the island. Other non-vaccinated diseases present include Chikungunya and Dengue Fever. Take sensible steps to avoid being bitten by the daytime biting mosquitoes by using insect repellent from your travel kit between dusk and dawn.

Travel vaccines and malaria tablets are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice. Take extra steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. In cases of serious injury or illness you will need to be evacuated to Australia. Ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover for this eventuality.

Papua New Guinea is in an area of seismic activity. There is a constant risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, as well as the typical tropical cyclone season which here is from November to May. Be aware of the effect that the weather and other natural phenomenon can have on roads and travel conditions.

If you’re heading for one of the smaller islands, New Britain is an excellent choice for swimming and snorkelling, with many hiking and trekking routes through the forest too. The Baining People will demonstrate their many tribal rituals, including the dramatic fire dance.

Most of Papua New Guinea is undeveloped, and although welcoming to visitors, you won’t find many hotels or resorts to accommodate typical tourists other than in Port Moresby. By staying in traditional guesthouses or with the local people, you’ll gain a far more interesting and authentic experience of life in this colourful and multicultural country.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum Malaria in all areas below 1800m, including Port Moresby, Karema and islands surrounding Papua New Guinea. Anti-malarial medication is always advised in these regions.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Zika virus

Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25