Do you need a visa for Papua New Guinea?

All foreign nationals travelling to Papua New Guinea must hold a visitor entry permit. Citizens from over 60 countries are now eligible for a single-entry visa on arrival for stays of up to 30 days, including citizens of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

Citizens from countries not listed will need to apply for a visitor entry permit prior to travel. This visa allows you to stay for up to 60 days and you must enter within six months of the permit’s date of issue. You may also be able to extend onshore if you fancy sticking around for a little longer – with so much to see and do, we don’t blame you!

You can see the full list of eligible countries on PNG's Immigration and Citizen Authority’s website.

How to apply for a PNG tourist entry permit

  • Download and complete the application form
  • Prepare all the required documents, including evidence of onward travel (e.g. flight ticket) and sufficient funds for your trip

  • Send the completed form along with your passport via post to your nearest PNG or Australian diplomatic mission

Processing usually takes around 10 business days, but it's best to apply at least a month in advance in case there are any delays.

Papua New Guinea entry requirements

To enter Papua New Guinea, all travellers must:

  • hold a passport valid for at least six months after the date of departure

  • have sufficient funds for the duration of your trip

  • have a return or onward travel ticket

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 16 March 2023

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