Visa policy of Papua New Guinea

A foreign national wishing to enter Papua New Guinea must obtain a visa in one of the PNG diplomatic missions, unless they are a citizen of one of the countries eligible for visa on arrival or eVisa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Papua New Guinea entry stamp

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Visa on arrival

Nationals of the following 71 countries and territories may obtain a free visa valid for 60 days (extension is possible for a fee) [1] on arrival at Port Moresby or Tokua (Rabaul):[2][3][4]

1 – Also applicable to passports issued to residents of French and Dutch territories in the Caribbean.[3]
2 – 30 days, also available at Gurney Airport (Alotau) and Mount Hagen Airport.[2]
3 – Also applicable to passports issued to residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.[3]
4 – Also applicable to passports issued to residents of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.[3]

Visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports was signed with  China on 17 November 2018 and it is not yet ratified.[5]

Visa on arrival can also be obtained by citizens of China who are diplomatic, service, and passport for public affairs holders and ordinary passport holders travelling under organized tour groups sanctioned by the Tourism Promotion Authority.[6]


The visa on arrival policy was suspended from 30 October to 1 December 2018 due to the APEC Papua New Guinea 2018 summit.[7]

In June 2019 it was announced that 20 additional countries from APEC region would become eligible for eVisa.[8]

Australian passport holders are not eligible for visa on arrival for business visits.


As of November 2018 nationals of all countries eligible for visa on arrival can also obtain an eVisa valid for 60 days.[9][10] eVisa valid for 30 days is also available to nationals of the following 25 countries:[11]

APEC Business Travel Card

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "PNG" code on the reverse that it is valid for travel to Papua New Guinea can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.[12]

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[13]


Most visitors arriving to Papua New Guinea were from the following countries of nationality:[14]

RankCountry or territory201620152014
1 Australia88,09291,36893,433
2 Philippines14,09013,56913,745
3 China12,93710,2558,970
4 United States12,18112,76211,668
5 New Zealand10,26510,14910,698
6 Indonesia7,8276,7635,896
7 United Kingdom6,9747,3996,994
8 Malaysia5,5585,3064,759
9 India4,2934,0123,476
10 Germany3,2763,5573,300

See also


  2. "Visa and health information". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. Visa on Arrival Eligible Country List (as at 27 March 2014)
  4. On 27 March 2014, the list was expanded with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Macao while Australia was removed on 1 March 2014.
  5. "PNG and China signs agreements". 17 November 2018.
  6. PNG visa requirements relaxed for some Chinese visitors
  7. "MEDIA RELEASE PNG Immigration suspending visa on arrival to enhance border security for APEC" (PDF). Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  8. PNG opens e-visa to 20 more APEC economies
  9. "EVisa".
  10. "Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée : Introduction d'un visa électronique".
  11. Easy Visitor Permit (30 days)
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. "ABTC Summary". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  14. Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA). Annual Arrivals Reports
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