written by tom / 04.08.2016 13:16
Our initial plan was to stay in PNG for 4-6 weeks, to get to know this beautiful country. But due to very high prices for food, accommodation and transportation (at least for us, as we are backpacking long term with as low budget as possible â€“ 20-30â‚¬ per day maximum for 2 persons), we changed our plans and ditched the idea of going to hinglands of PNG. There is also the issue of safety â€“ From the internet you can read a numerous positive experiences, but all the kind hearted locals in Jayapura and Vanimo told us, that it might not be safe, if you happen to run into wrong people at wrong time â€“ In the end we stayed few weeks in Vanimo.
Getting PNG Visa in Jakarta is relatively easy and most importantly, it is free. http://www.kundu-jakarta.com/ you can find the location in google maps. Take a bus, gojek or taxi (pretty expensive in jakarta, be aware of random taxies, who might try to rip you off) to embassy.
Workers in PNG embassy are friendly and helpful and luckily speak enough English. After 5 days I collected our passports (no papers were needed to collect both of our passports), got some fancy brochure about PNG and our adventure could begin in few weeks 🙂
We stayed one day and night in Jayapura, before beginning our journey to PNG (also to possibly buy some cheap sleeping mattress). Hotels in Jayapura tend to be a lot more expensive than you might expect! We found a Galpera Papua Homestay (although we did not book, and they should always have free room, it is advised to book through booking.com), that is reasonably priced and ran by extremely friendly and helpful staff.
I’ve heard and read a lot about the complexity of Indonesia bureaucracy and how crazy it is to get or extend visa. On the PNG side it was very straight forward and could be done in one day.
They will issue you a B211 type visit visa in PNG, which is actually great is you are planning to stay long term in Indonesia. Compered to the VOA, – This visa will let you extend your stay in Indonesia for up to 4 times (4 months after 1 month), but will require a local sponsor (that needs to come with you to immigration office once) or you can use an agent (more on that later).
That’s pretty much the same just other way around, but now you will have a lot more peaceful mindset, because you know that everything will most likely work out just fine 🙂
That’s it, we were back to Indonesia and ready for our next great adventure!