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Papua New Guinea


There are about 20,000 expats living in PNG and they work in just about every facet of the economy. Mining, logging, financial services, aviation and tourism are full of expats, often earning quite good money. At the other end of the spectrum, aid agencies and projects in PNG and the Solomons attract volunteer workers.

Potential employees will need to get a work permit/visa, which can be a convoluted process.

Business hours

Opening and closing times can be erratic, but you can rely on most businesses closing at noon on Saturday and remaining closed all day Sunday.

Banks (8.45am-3pm Mon-Thu, 8.45am-4pm Fri)

Government Offices (7.45am-12.30pm & 1.45-4.06pm Mon-Fri)

Post Offices (8am-4pm Mon-Fri & 8-11.30am Sat)

Private Businesses (8am-4.30pm or 5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat)

Restaurants (lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, dinner 6pm or 7pm-10pm or whenever the last diner leaves)

Shops (9am-5pm or 6pm Mon-Fri & 9am-noon Sat)

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