Tourist visas on arrival in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are now available for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 30 days and at no charge. For other visits, a visa is still required for entry into PNG unless the visitor holds an APEC business travel card.
Since 1 March 2014, Australian passport holders cannot:
- Obtain Business - i) Short term & ii) Restricted Employment Facility (REF) visas on arrival at any port in Papua New Guinea
- Be granted Uplift Letters for assistance of the aforementioned visas on arrival at any port of entry in PNG.
Australian passport holders still have to obtain visas at the nearest Papua New Guinea Overseas mission/post in Australia (or at an Australian mission/post abroad where there is no PNG Government representation). PNG’s current missions/posts in Australia are located in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
To obtain a business visa, a sponsorship letter from the company you are visiting is standard. Austrade Port Moresby can provide such a support letter, especially if you are visiting Papua New Guinea for the first time.
Refer to the schedule on the PNG Government site for the visa fee structure introduced by PNG Immigration effective 1 October 2013.
Short-term Single entry
Persons entering for a single visit, should apply at any PNG Diplomatic Mission before travel and not on arrival. There is a 30 day stay validity per visa and employment is prohibited.
An extension of this visa is now permitted on payment of K500, payable with each visa/entry.
Short-term Multiple entry
Persons entering multiple times during a single 12 month period, should apply at any PNG Diplomatic Mission and not on arrival. There is 12 months validity from date of first entry, 60 days stay validity per visit and employment is prohibited. An extension for stays beyond 60 days is permitted on payment of K1000, which applies for each visa.
Ensure that you read the latest information, PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority (PNGICSA).
For any further information, please contact your nearest PNG Embassy or Consulate prior to arrival.