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How to get the visa to visit Papua New Guinea?

Judith Kamau Judith Kamau 09 June 2021
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Papua New Guinea is one of the most interesting destinations for tourists from around the world. The island country has beautiful white sand beaches and a few inactive inland volcanos that will give you plenty to see when you visit.

You can view some of the most beautiful coral reefs found in any ocean or go hiking in the dense tropical forest. If you have a deep love for nature, then this country is for you.

With a country full of biological diversity and people living in traditional villages, there is no reason for you not to visit and immerse yourself in the culture. By now, you must be asking yourself what the visa situation for New Guinea is like. As in many other countries worldwide, the Papua New Guinea visa policy requires one to visit the country only after obtaining a visa.

Do I Need A Visa For Papua New Guinea?

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All foreign nationals who wish to visit the country must have a visa to be allowed entry. Fortunately, there are several ways to get a visa for Papua New Guinea.

The government has endeavoured to make the Papua New Guinea visa application process relatively easy, and as such, you should have no trouble getting your visa.

How Do I Get A Visa For Papua New Guinea?

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There are a number of ways you can obtain a visa for Papua New Guinea. As long as you meet all the Papua New Guinea visa requirements, you will not run into any trouble when applying.

Papua New Guinea Visa Application

As stated earlier, there are a few ways you can use to apply for a visa. The application processes available for you are;

• E-visa

• Embassy application

• Papua New Guinea visa on arrival

E-visa Application

In Papua New Guinea, the visa processing time is significantly less with the introduction of e-visa. Now you can apply for a visa from the comfort of your home. All you will need to do is log in to the online platform and make your application.

After you log in to the platform, you will need to fill an application form and submit it. Papua New Guinea immigration office will review your application, and if you meet all the requirements, your application will be approved.

After this, the embassy will send you an email with your e-visa. You will need to download and print the visa and keep it with your passport.

You will need to produce the e-visa at the immigration office when you get to the country.

Those applying for a Papua New Guinea tourist visa and a Papua New Guinea business visa can use this method to get their visa.

Papua New Guinea Embassy Application

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The best answer to the question, 'how do I get a visa for Papua New Guinea?' is without any doubt 'through the embassy.' This process is the oldest and most consistent way to get a visa not just for Papua New Guinea but all countries around the globe.

To apply for a visa, you will need to physically visit the resident Papua New Guinea embassy in your country. Be sure to download and fill in the application form from the official embassy website, then book an appointment before visiting the embassy.

Attach all required documents to the application form and head to the embassy. An immigration officer will review your documents and then take you through an interview. Before you go to the interview, you will have to pay a non-refundable fee for your visa. It is at this stage that your application will either get approved or declined.

Please note that the immigration officer conducting the interview has discretion on whether approve or decline your application. It is the case even if you have met all the requirements given by the government.

If your application is approved, you can decide whether you will collect the passport from the embassy or have it sent to you through the mail.

The Papua New Guinea visa processing time will be up to 15 days, so you should apply for it well in advance.

Papua New Guinea Visa On Arrival

According to the Papua New Guinea visa policy, citizens from the countries listed here will be eligible for visas on arrival. You should note that not all countries will be able to use this service. As such, you should ensure you are allowed to apply at the New Guinea port before travelling to the country.

The foreign nationals who are permitted to apply for the visa on arrival note that they can only do this at Port Moresby or Rabaul (Tokua) port.

Papua New Guinea Visa Requirements

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In line with the Papua New Guinea visa policy, you will need a few documents when making the visa application. The documents will vary depending on the type of visa you apply for. Bellow we have are the types of visas available for Papua New Guinea.

• Employment visa

• Papa New Guinea business visa

• Papa New Guinea Tourist visa/ visitor visa

• Foreign official visa

Depending on the visa type you want, you will need to provide different documents to the Immigration officers. These are the required documents;

Employment Visa

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It is a visa given to people who seek employment in Papua New Guinea. With this visa, you are allowed to stay in the country for up to 3 years. This is a multiple entry visa.

Requirements when applying for the visa are:

• 2 passport photos, taken in the last 3 months

• A valid passport with 2 blank pages

• A yellow fever certificate of vaccination if you are from regions affected by yellow fever

• The organisation inviting you will need to provide their Certificate of incorporation

• You will need an IPA certificate (if the organisation is not a resident of Papua New Guinea) permitting the enterprise to conduct business in the country

• The organisation inviting you will have to provide a maintenance guarantee bond

• You will need a work permit if the length of your stay exceeds 6 months

• Your professional CV and educational qualifications

Those who will be working for the government will need to provide an offer letter and the employment contract from DPM.

Business Visa

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It is given to persons entering the country to conduct business. You can apply for a single entry valid for 30 days or multiple entries valid for 12 months.

• 2 passport photos, taken in the last 3 months

• A valid passport with 2 blank pages

• Yellow fever vaccination certificate if you come from regions affected by yellow fever

• A recommendation letter given by a company in Papua New Guinea showing the purpose of the visit, how long you will stay, the location of the business, and the number of visits

• The letter of Invitation must be from a business in Papua New Guinea. It should be on the companies letterhead, showing the applicant's name, and must be signed and stamped

• The company inviting you must provide a letter pledging financial support for your duration of stay

• You will need to show your return flight ticket proving departure from the country. Your name should appear clearly on the ticket

Tourist Visa

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It is given to persons who want to visit the country on holiday, sight-seeing and visiting relatives. It is a single entry visa valid for up to 60 days.

You will be required to provide the following;

• 2 passport photos, taken in the last 3 months

• A valid passport with 2 blank pages

• Yellow fever vaccination certificate if you come from regions affected by yellow fever

• You will need to show your return flight ticket proving departure from the country. Your name should appear clearly on the ticket

• Hotel reservation

• Proof of proper finances to cover your stay in the country

A journalist will need;

• Letter from the organisation that will be sponsoring you along with a list of equipment you have

• You will need to get approval from the National Executive Council, Department of Prime Minister's office OIC Media Unit, and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Immigration OIC Media/Public Relations office

Sportsperson will need;

• An invitation letter from the relevant Papua New Guinea sporting body

A non-commercial filmmaker will need;

• To obtain approval from NFI before making an application at Papua New Guinea ICSA

Papua New Guinea Visa Cost


The cost of a visa for Papua New Guinea will depend on the type of visa you apply for;

• Tourist visa: This is a single entry visa valid for 60 days and will cost approximately USD 150.

• Business visa: This can be a single entry valid for 30 days or multiple entries valid for 12 months. A single entry will cost approximately USD 190, and multiple entry USD 350.

* Please note that fees may vary depending on nationality.

Note that if you use a visa processing agency, there will be additional charges applied.

Papua New Guinea is a beautiful country filled with diverse cultures. The people are unique and friendly. If you are looking for a location to visit, then Papua New Guinea should be at the top of your list.

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Judith Kamau
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Judith is a Kenya based writer. Writing is her passion. She is the consummate professional with boundless enthusiasm. With a style that is spare and to the point, she delights in presenting facts accurately but also strives to lead readers into unknown worlds, worlds filled with ideas to explore and information to digest. Impossible meets the achievable, as she takes any challenge presented and makes sure that nothing is left to chance.

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