What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Tropical work wear. - May 2019

Casual. No Marine Ball. Some formal charitable events. - Jun 2016

At the office, business casual (shorts or jeans are not worn to work by professionals in government or other offices). PNG women usually wear short sleeves to work but expat women can wear sleeveless tops; the tops are not an issue as much as covering legs to at least the knee. Straight or full skirts to knee or mid-calf are worn for work, as are pants. Shirt or shirt and tie (no coat), or women's equivalent, if you are giving a presentation or being interviewed. Ambassadors or visiting heads of state will wear coat and tie, and accompanying staff follows suit on those occasions. For non-work situations, casual clothes, bermuda or board shorts, dresses, sandals, crocs. - Jun 2008

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