Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended travel.
General VISA Information
All people wishing to travel to Papua New Guinea for work, business, study or tourism purposes must have an entry permit/Visa to enter the country.
How to apply for PNG VISA?
All applicants must:
- Complete and sign the correct application form
- Attach one passport size photograph (for APEC Business Applications and Permanent Resident Application please provide two photos)
- Pay the required fee
- Provide any other documentary information as requested (refer to the appropriate entry category)
- Send or deliver your application to the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission together with your valid passport.
If there is no PNG diplomatic mission in your country of residence, contact the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division in Papua New Guinea or the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission in your region.
Where to Apply
Your application form, passport and supporting documents should be lodged at Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Section in Port Moresby or any Papua New Guinea Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
When to Apply
Applications must be lodged at Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Section prior to the expiry date of the current Entry Permit.
All Tourist Visas must be lodged to the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Division at least 2 months prior to departure date.
Visa fees on arrival at the designated Papua New Guinea International Ports of Entry for tourists were removed in 2013 therefore visa on arrival is now $0.
If applying outside PNG, please contact the nearest PNG Diplomatic mission to obtain fees in local currency.
In the event that your application is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.
For Visa forms, click here to visit the Immigration website
For the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme visit: www.immigration.gov.pg/apec.htm
Countries that are not allowed VISA on arrival
All countries not allowed to obtain Visas on arrival:
- All Eastern European countries
- All South East Asian countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc)
Except for Philippines, and Malaysia
- All African countries
- All Middle East countries
Countries allowed to obtain VISA on arrival
Countries allowed to obtain Visas on Arrival
- All Pacific countries
- All Western European countries
- All Americans
- New Zealand
Applying while in Papua New Guinea
Applicants can pay the required fee at:
- Department of Finance, Vulupindi Haus, Ground Floor, Waigani Drive (within National Capital District)
- Nearest International Revenue Commission office or Bureau of Management Services of Department of Finance outside the National Capital District
Agents are not permitted to sign on behalf of applicants
Please note that individual receipts are required for each individual/family group.
Applicants can pay the required fee at:
- Any PNG Diplomatic mission in your country of residence (if available) or
- Mail required fees together with application to the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission within your region
If application is lodged at an Australian mission representing the Papua New Guinea Government, the application fee will be collected on arrival in Papua New Guinea.
Entry and Re-entry Requirements
In accordance with Migration Regulation 1979, the holder of an Entry Permit must enter Papua New Guinea within Six months of the Entry Permit being issued. Failure to enter Papua New Guinea within Six months will render the Entry Permit invalid, and as a result, further application will have to be made.
As a matter of policy, existing Entry Permit holders (excluding Permanent Resident Entry Permit Holders) must not be absent from Papua New Guinea for any period exceeding six months. Entry Permit holders that are absent from Papua New Guinea for six months or more will need to make further application for an Entry Permit before seeking to return to Papua New Guinea. In such cases, new health and character checks will be required.
Extension of Entry Permits
Applications for extension of stay must be lodged well in advance of the expiry of the current Entry Permit. For specific requirements, please refer to the appropriate Entry Permit category.
Extensions are only issued to people currently in Papua New Guinea. Extensions cannot be granted while a person is outside the country.
Applicants should be aware that there is NO period of grace in relation to extension.
Re-Evidencing of Entry Permits
Passports must be valid for six months or more to enable re-evidencing. Entry Permits will only be issued for the period of validity of the passport. Where the validity of the Entry Permit extends beyond the validity of the passport, a new Entry Permit will be evidenced once a new passport has been obtained. When an applicant obtains a new passport, a new Entry Permit will be issued for the balance of the period of stay free of charge.
Applicants will be required to complete an application form and provide a copy of the original work permit approval (if applicable).
Where an Entry Permit holder is outside PNG, re-evidencing can be undertaken by the nearest Papua New Guinea Mission. The missions must obtain approval from Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Section in Waigani before re-evidencing can occur.
Designated Papua New Guinea International Ports of Entry
Designated PNG international ports of entry are:
Visitors or business persons wishing to enter PNG from ports other than the above must have a valid Entry Permit before entering PNG.
Passengers Transiting in PNG
If you are transiting from the arrival hall and go straight to departure lounge, you do not pay any fees, but if you leave the terminal then you will be required to pay K100.00.
From Cruise Ships
Passengers coming out of cruise ships must have a seaman pass. If you do not have this pass then you will be required to pay K100.00