The Low Down on Papua New Guinean Currency
Papua New Guinean kina
Bank of Papua New Guinea
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2K, 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K, 100K
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**:
Local bus ticket
Cheap local meal
Bottle of beer
A 1 km taxi ride
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Buying Papua New Guinean kina online is easy
Order Papua New Guinean kina online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home
- 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!
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 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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