Welcome to the Visa Section of the website. All foreign visitors to PNG need a visa. There are a number of categories depending on the purpose of your visit. Information on the application procedure and the specific requirements for each category of visa are available here. Please download the appropriate form and send it to the PNG High Commission in Canberra for processing.
- Complete and sign the correct application form from PNGICSA Website (PNGICSA).
- Attach one passport size photograph
- Pay required fee in the form of Money Order, payable to PNG High Commission, Canberra or Cash.
- Provide any other documentary information as requested (refer to the appropriate entry category).
- Send or deliver your application to the PNG High Commission in Canberra or the PNG Consulate General's in Brisbane and Sydney together with your valid passport and provide a self-addressed pre-paid Express Post envelope for the return of passport to you.
Please refer to the Visa categories at the bottom of this page for the correct fee (Australian Dollars).
In the event that your application is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.
Payment for Business Visa should be in Cash, Cheque or Money Order (payable to PNG High Commission, Canberra.).
- Medical examination report obtained from an approved doctor or hospital;
- HIV tests (Pathology Report required) for applicants over 16 years of age; and
- Chest X-ray (Radiology Report) for applicants over 16 years of age.
Dependent family members (spouse, unmarried children under the age of 18 and ageing parents) must make separate application for an entry permit.
For specific requirements applying to dependent entry permits, please refer to the appropriate entry category.
Dependent children must be ordinarily resident in PNG to qualify for a Dependent Entry Permit. Children who study abroad and only return to PNG during study breaks should apply for a Visitor Entry Permit each visit.
In limited cases, dependent entry permits may also be granted to children over the age 18 where they remain dependent on their parents. Such cases could include where the child suffers from a severe disability or where the child is continuing their education in PNG. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Where a principal entry permit ceases a dependent entry permit ceases at the same time and both individuals must depart PNG. Where a dependent holds a Working Dependent Entry Permit they cannot make application to include a former principal entry permit holder as a dependent on their own entry permit. In such cases, individuals will need to make a fresh application.
- Statutory declarations from both parties indicating how long the relationship has been in existence;
- A signed undertaking that the de facto partner will not seek employment while in PNG.
Relationships of less than 12 monthsWhere 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 monthsWhere 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.
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 PNG. 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 extensions.
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 PNG Mission. The missions must obtain approval from ICD Waigani before re-evidencing can occur.
- Jackson’s International Airport, Port Moresby;
- (Vanimo) Wutung; and
- Kagamuga Airport, Mt Hagen.
- The entry permit was issued in error;
- The entry permit holder has committed a criminal offence, whether or not that person has been convicted by a court of law;
- The entry permit holder has an association with another person who is reasonably suspected of being involved in criminal conduct;
- The entry permit holder is suffering from a disease which presents a danger to the community;
- The entry permit holder has breached the conditions of the entry permit – for example working unlawfully;
- The entry permit holder is engaging in illegal business activities;
- The entry permit holder does not have the financial means to support themselves;
- The entry permit holder’s presence in Papua New Guinea is considered to be a risk to Papua New Guinea’s national security (e.g. terrorist suspects).
The following are abbreviations and acronyms of terms used in this publication.
BMS: BUREAU OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE.
BOND: CASH LANDING BOND REQUIRES A DEPOSIT OF K1000.00 AND CAN BE REIMBURSED AFTER 5 YEARS.
COS: CHANGE OF STATUS OF ENTRY PERMIT.
DCA: DIPLOMATIC & CONSULAR AFFAIRS DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & IMMIGRATION.
DFAT&I: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration
DG (ICD): Director-General (Immigration & Citizenship Division)
DLIR: DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
DPM: DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
EVP: EASY VISITOR PERMIT (Under the Tourist category).
ICD: IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & IMMIGRATION OR PNG IMMIGRATION SERVICE
IMR: INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH.
IRC: INTERNAL REVENUE COMMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE.
BOND: ISSUED BY AN INSURANCE COMPANY ON BEHALF OF THE EMPLOYER. THE GUARANTEE COVERS ANY COSTS INCURRED BY THE STATE IN RESPECT OF ACCOMMODATION, MEDICAL CARE, OR REPATRIATION COSTS. MAJOR RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES MAY ISSUE THEIR OWN MAINTENANCE GUARANTEE ON THE PRESCRIBED FORM.
MSF: MIGRATION SERVICE FEE.
MSG: MELANESIAN SPEARHEAD GROUP
NCD: NATIONAL CAPITAL DISTRICT
NFI: NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE
NRI: NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
PNG ICS: Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service
PNG ICS AND PNG DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS OVERSEAS
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