Papua New Guinea Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Papua New Guinea
The tropical conditions, challenging geography,lack of resources and few paved roads make driving abroad in PNG a challenge. With the exception of a brief span of road connecting it to the immediate hinterland, there are no major roads linking Port Moresby to any other city. On the north coast, a semi highway theoretically runs from Madang to Wewak. The main road Highlands Highway, which begins in Lae and runs up into the highlands through Goroka to Mt. Hagen. You may drive on an EU photo licence or international driving licence for a period not exceeding one month. Road conditions are generally hazardous throughout Papua New Guinea, and driving is often erratic. Serious crime is particularly high in Port Moresby, and in the cities of Lae and Mt Hagen. Travel along the road between Nadzab airport and Lae, between the one and ten mile settlement areas, continues to be dangerous. Armed car-jackings are common in all three cities. Travel to Popondetta, and on the road between Popondetta and Kokoda, may be dangerous. You should be extremely vigilant when travelling in and around Popondetta. Locals in some parts of Port Moresby sometimes throw stones at cars, seemingly for amusement and you may find that locals repair holes in the road then request a ‘toll’ to let you get past.
This is a link to contact details for Jakes car rental which is a local company with branches in Port Moresby,Mt Hagen and Mendi.
Papua New Guinea Self Drive Rules-
None of the companies specify whether cars can be taken into Western New Guinea. Hertz state that 2WD Cars can only be driven in towns and if you intend to drive in rural areas you need to hire a 4WD.