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The Low Down on Papua New Guinean Currency

Currency:

Papua New Guinean kina

Currency code:

PGK

Central Bank:

Bank of Papua New Guinea

Currency symbol:

K

Currency sub unit:

toea

Bank notes:

2K, 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K, 100K

Coins:

5, 10, 20, 50 toea, 1K, 2K




The official currency in Papua New Guinea is the kina which is abbreviated to the currency code PGK. 1 Kina is divided into 100 toea.



The kina was introduced in 1975 and used alongside the Australian dollar until 1976, at which point the AUD ceased to be legal tender in Papua New Guinea.



The term kina originates from the Kuanua language of the Tolai region, and refers to a pearl shell that is still used as tender among several coastal and highland regions of the country.



The kina is distributed by the central bank of the region, the Bank of Papua New Guinea. Banknotes are no longer paper-based and are produced on polymer.



The most commonly-used bills for Papua New Guinean kina are the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.


What to spend your kina on**:

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    Casual dress

    104 PGK *

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    Local bus ticket

    1 PGK *

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    Cheap local meal

    50 PGK *

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    Bottle of beer

    12 PGK *

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    A 1 km taxi ride

    14 PGK *

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Must-sees in Papua New Guinean

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  • Lusancay Islands
  • This place is an unspoiled paradise adorning Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay region. Stunning sands, colourful reefs and the clearest of waters welcome you to the eastern side of the mainland. Bring the drone for the jaw-dropping aerial views.
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  • Sivoli River
  • It’s difficult to liken the Sivoli River to anything you’ve ever seen before. This unique body of water sits on Papua New Guinea’s largest island - New Britain - and houses a vibrant array of underwater plants and foliage. The clear blue waters interact with this green scenery and make an unforgettable combination you’ll never forget.
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  • Kimbe Bay
  • Located on the largest island in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago, Kimbe Bay is a world-renowned scuba diving spot and is home to 76% of the world’s coral species.

Buying Papua New Guinean kina online is easy

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  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Papua New Guinean kina Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

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FAQ Relating to Papua New Guinea Currency

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  • Are Australian dollars accepted in Papua New Guinea?

    Australian dollars may be accepted at some larger establishments or hotels, but are not official currency and should not be relied on. Australian and US dollars are the most easily exchanged currencies in Papua New Guinea.

  • Are credit cards widely accepted in Papua New Guinea?

    Most credit cards - including Diners, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted by hotels, restaurants, large shops and travel operators. You will however need cash for small purchases and markets across Papua New Guinea.

  • Are ATMs widely available in Papua New Guinea?

    ATMs are widely used and available in more frequented cities and towns, however they should not be relied upon entirely. Always have some spare kina on you in case of emergencies!

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The person working at Travelex was very good and showed us how to look for counterfeit money. The only thing I didn't think was good was the lack of small notes available. While we were given a solution it involved going to the airport and obtaining smaller notes with a receipt. Even a couple of smaller notes would have been good at the point of purchase.

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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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