As with everything else, the mail moves slowly here in PNG. Packages sent via regular post can take 3 – 4 months, while courier services tend to be outrageously expensive, or so I’m told. From what I can gather, most people do receive their packages, just extremely late. However, everyone has told me to expect missing packages. Things can be delivered here via regular post and DHL.
We don’t have a street address, and most people get their mail delivered at work. If you’d like to test out the mail system with us, you can send to the following address:
Dr. Amanda Lang
PO Box 60
Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR)
Goroka EHP 441
Papua New Guinea
Things that we can’t get here:
- Gluten free oats
- Unscented soap / laundry detergent
- Ear plugs
- Retainer cleanser
- GF candy
- Nibs & / or Twizzlers
UPDATE (June 19, 2014): I’ve updated the list. We’ve received our first packages from Matt’s mom. It took exactly 30 days to arrive from the UK, and came intact!
UPDATE (February 19, 2015): 2 packages have been sent to us from Canada, and neither of them have arrived. If you’re mailing us things from the US or outside Canada, it doesn’t seem to be a problem, but I think Canada Post is sending our stuff to Guinea in Africa or something ridiculous like that. So, if you are mailing from Canada let me know and I’ll give you the address of a friend in Australia who can bring it to us.
UPDATE (August 23, 2015): We finally received one of the packages from Canada – it took about 2 months. But, if you are mailing from Canada it’s still probably best to let me know and I’ll give you the address of a friend in Australia who can bring it to us. Or wait for us to be home in December.