PAPUA NEW GUINEA GOVERNMENT APPROVAL FOR JOURNALISTS
Journalists who wish to travel to Papua New Guinea must submit a letter from their employer/sponsor, outlining the reasons for their travel, to the following government agencies:
· The OIC Media Unit of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council (DPMNEC) being:
· The OIC Media/Public Relations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(DFAT) being:
Approval letters from these agencies must be submitted to PNG ICSA with the journalist's visa application. Click here for further information on other visa requirements for journalists.
Journalists and other people intending to visit the Manus Regional Processing Centre for asylum seekers must seek entry approval from the RPC Administrator. Click here for further 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.
Visas can be obtained from your nearest PNG diplomatic mission and issued for single or multiple entries depending on the purpose of the visit.
Visa on arrival is only available to eligible foreign nationals and under specific circumstances at Port Moresby's Jacksons International Airport and Tokua (Rabaul) International Airport. To see whether you are eligible to apply for a tourist or business visa on arrival, please click here.
All Applicants must:
*If there is no PNG Diplomatic Mission in your country of residence, contact PNGICSA or the nearest PNG Diplomatic Mission in your region (Locations).
1 Agents are not permitted to sign on behalf of applicants.
Please refer to the Entry Permit Fee for the correct fee (Kina). 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.
Applicants can pay the required fee at:
* Please note that individual receipts are required for each individual/family group.
Applicants can pay the required fee at:
If application is lodged at an Australian mission representing the PNG Government, the application fee will be collected on arrival in PNG.
2 Fees cannot be paid at PNGICSA.
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended travel.
All applicants seeking to travel to PNG must be of good health and good character. In some cases, medical documentation and a local police clearance certificate will be required. This will depend on the purpose and duration of the visit (please refer to the appropriate entry category). If an applicant has a criminal conviction, or is subject to criminal prosecution, that information must be disclosed at the time of application. Failure to disclose this information may result in the Entry Permit being refused, cancelled or deemed void.
Where medical documentation is required, this consists of:
A police certificate must be obtained from your local police authority for all applicants 16 years of age and over (including dependents) intending to travel to PNG for a period of 6 months or more.
Dependent family members (spouse, unmarried children under the age of 18 and ageing parents) must make separate application for an Entry Permit.
Persons seeking to enter PNG as dependents on the basis of a de facto relationship must provide:
Relationships of less than 12 months
Where the relationship has been in existence for less than 12 months, a short-term Dependent Entry Permit for a maximum validity of 12 months will be issued. At the conclusion of the 12 month period a further Entry Permit will be issued in accordance with the Principal's approved period of stay.
Relationships of more than 12 months
Where the relationship has been in existence for more than 12 months, a Dependent Entry Permit will be issued in accordance with the Principal's approved period of stay.
In accordance with Migration Regulation 1979, the holder of an Entry Permit must enter PNG within Six months of the Entry Permit being issued. Failure to enter PNG within Six months will render the Entry Permit invalid, and as a result, further application will have to be made.
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.
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.
Designated PNG international ports of entry are:
Visitors or businesspersons wishing to enter PNG from ports other than the above must have a valid Entry Permit before entering PNG.
Entry permits may be cancelled by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration (DFAI) in accordance with Section 6 of the Migration Act 1978.
Grounds for Entry Permit cancellation include:
In the event an Entry Permit is cancelled, written notification will be provided to the Entry Permit Holder at their last known address. In such cases, the Former Entry Permit Holder will be given a specified time in which to depart PNG. If the Former Entry Permit Holder fails to depart voluntarily, they may be subject to detention and removal in accordance with Section 13 of the Migration Act.
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