Papua New Guinea

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and Papua New Guinea do not have permanent missions in the respective countries. Diplomatic relations were established in 1994 on South Africa's return to the Commonwealth.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Papua New Guinea

The South African High Commission in Canberra, Australia may be contacted for any enquiries.

H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Papua New Guinea Representation in South Africa

H E Ms W A Kiap
High Commissioner designate

Papua New Guinea has no representation in South Africa. The Australian Diplomatic Representatives are in charge of the Consular interests of Papua New Guinea in the Republic of South Africa.

High Commission

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

Refer to the Australian Diplomatic Representatives in charge of the Consular interests of Papua New Guinea in the Republic of South Africa.

Health Requirements

None for tourists.

Applicants for a work permit/permanent residence require a comprehensive medical examination. Contact should be made with the nearest High Commission (London) for details.

With regard to the COVID-19 situation, travelling to PNG should rather be avoided. Should travelling to PNG be necessary, travellers must be fully vaccinated before their travel dates.

For further information go to Travellers' Health,

Climate Info

Papua New Guinea has a tropical climate and warm seas. It is generally hot and humid. There are distinct wet and dry seasons and the timing varies from one region to another. There are "micro-climates" in the highlands. The most common wet season falls between November and April and the dry season between May and October.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The kina (PGK) is the national currency of Papua New Guinea. It is divided into 100 toea (t).

Banknotes include K2, K5, K10, K50 and K100. The coins, or toea, include 5t, 10t, 20t and K1.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Although South Africa is non-residentially accredited to PNG, the two countries do not have a Structured Bilateral Mechanism under which they evaluate and monitor bilateral relations.

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

South Africa has invested in mining ventures in Papua New Guinea.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Papua New Guinea, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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