Why carry an IDP while driving in Papua New Guinea?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Papua New Guinea highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Papua New Guinea
The tropical climate, geography, and absence of paved roads make driving in Papua New Guinea not simple. Foreigners may drive in Papua New Guinea with their European Union driver licenses or International Driving Permits for one month.
Travelling on highways outside the major cities can be dangerous. Roads in the countryside are in bad conditions. During the rainy season landslides occur on some roads. Moreover, there are common armed car-jacking and locals sometimes throw stones at cars.
- The legal age for driving is 18.
- Driving is on the left side.
- Drivers and passengers must fasten seat belts.
- The speed limits are 60 km/h (37 mph) in towns and 75 km/h (47 mph) in the countryside.
- The maximum permissible level of alcohol in blood is 0.08 %.
- Police roadblocks regularly check vehicle registrations in Port Moresby at night.
- Crowds can react emotionally to road accidents. They can attack with stones those who are supposed guilty, or burn vehicles.
- Relatives and friends of an injured party can demand compensation irrespective of legal liability. People who get in an accident should go to the nearest police station instead of staying at the place of the accident.
- There are petrol stations in all provincial areas. Credit cards are not generally accepted there.
- A foreign driver must have a valid International driving license for renting and driving a car. The price of a rental car is high.
- Foreign drivers can use their International driving permits for the first three months after entering Papua New Guinea.
- Any driver has to keep your driving license with you all the time.
Driving in Papua New Guinea in the Winter
Papua New Guinea is a tropical land, so there’s no winter here. However, you need to be extra cautious in driving during rainy season. Roads may be flooded. Avoid travelling from December to March.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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