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Cross the border with Indonesia

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Cross the border with Indonesia


We would like to cross the border with Indonesia at Vanimo. We called the Indonesian ambassy, they say no problem but each person we ask in Papua Said that it was closed. Does someone has information ?

Thank you per advance

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Cairns, Australia
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1. Re: Cross the border with Indonesia

The Wutung border post near Vanimo opens and closes unpredictably depending on local circumstances including rebel activity. Even sometimes if there are not enough PNG Customs staff available to man the border post on any particular day it will remain closed. If you are backpackers with a flexible schedule you might want to give it a try but if you have a plane to catch in Vanimo it would be risky. Also note you cannot get a PNG visa at the border you must have a PNG visa in your passport before you arrive at Wutung.

London, United...
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2. Re: Cross the border with Indonesia

the border is generally open but have a plan B in case it is not due to various circumstances

visa on arrival is avaiiable for the very limited number of passports to which it currently applies - hopefully this list will be extended soon


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3. Re: Cross the border with Indonesia

I did it in september 2023 and it was very nice & easy. Even one Papua guy changed me indonesian money for PNG kina. Then u have a bus from border to Vanimo, 10 kina. Go for it👍

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