Arriving at Jacksons International Airport (Port Moresby)
Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, is the only approved airport in Papua New Guinea for scheduled commercial flights. This therefore requires a full-time Customs, Immigration and Quarantine presence.
Currently all visitors to Papua New Guinea travel through Jackson's Airport and transfer to domestic airlines to complete their journey to locations within Papua New Guinea.
Operators should note that any aircraft arriving from or departing to overseas may only do so from a Customs approved airport. Some smaller airports around the country are approved to accept mine supply flights and private and charter flights but as Customs and other agencies do not have a full-time presence at these airports operators should check with Customs before finalising their flight plans.
If you are considering chartering an international flight into another airport in Papua New Guinea please visit the Aircraft, Ships and Smallcraft section of this website.
Upon arrival at Jackson's International Airport all travellers are required to complete a passenger declaration for Customs, Immigration and Quarantine. 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.
Passengers arriving in Papua New Guinea will receive a combined passenger declaration form covering Customs, Immigration and Quarantine requirements. 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 (over18); 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 Customs officer. You do not have to declare your clothing, footwear, jewellery, or toiletries. These are regarded as personal effects if they are intended solely for your own use.
After you clear Customs Passport Control and collect your baggage you will then enter the baggage examination area. Customs Officers 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. For more information, read Passenger Allowances
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 Office for assistance.