Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea visa policy

Papua New Guinea visa policy

Papua New Guinea visa policy is a set of rules that foreign travelers must comply with in order to enter Papua New Guinea.

As per the visa requirements of PNG, no nationality can travel to Papua New Guinea visa-free, so citizens of any country of the world must have a PNG visa.

Since the suspension of a visa on arrival in 2018, a visa to Papua New Guinea can only be obtained through two application methods: online and by attending a PNG diplomatic mission.

The most convenient and time-saving option is to apply online for a Papua New Guinea eVisa. All an applicant is required to do is complete several simple steps on their phone or laptop. The eVisa to PNG can be used for short-term trips for leisure or visiting family/friends.

Another way to apply for a Papua New Guinea visa is to visit a diplomatic mission in person. A person should gather the proper documents and make an appointment with the nearest embassy or consulate.

While the PNG visa is obligatory, it is also necessary to learn other Papua New Guinea entry requirements. Foreign travelers must hold a valid passport, a return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds proof to enter PNG.

Who can enter Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea can be visited by a person from any country, provided the PNG visa policy rules and entry requirements are satisfied.

People willing to enter Papua New Guinea must have a passport valid for 6 months, a PNG visa, and certain other documents.

If a traveler to PNG has a criminal conviction or is subject to criminal prosecution, that information must be disclosed.

Entry requirements for Papua New Guinea

All visitors to Papua New Guinea must have a passport with one blank page that remains valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into PNG.

As specified by the Papua New Guinea visa policy, it is also mandatory for every nationality to obtain a physical PNG visa or eVisa before arrival.

On 6 October 2022, all COVID-19 restrictions for international travel into PNG were lifted. Currently, no vaccinations are required.

Upon arrival in Papua New Guinea, travelers must have a return or onward ticket to their next destination and proof of sufficient funds (for example, bank statements).

It is forbidden to bring drugs, firearms, weapons, censored films, obscene literature, and prescription medicines into Papua New Guinea.

Documents checklist for entering Papua New Guinea

This is the list of documents a traveler to Papua New Guinea should prepare before arrival:

  • a passport
  • a PNG visa
  • an onward/return airline ticket
  • proof of sufficient funds

Please note: Papua New Guinea entry requirements can change so check the latest information with the PNG diplomatic mission in your country before your trip.

Methods of getting a visa to Papua New Guinea

According to the visa policy of Papua New Guinea, all people wishing to come to Papua New Guinea must have a PNG visa. It must be obtained in advance from the nearest embassy/consulate or online, depending on nationality.

Electronic visa

Papua New Guinea eVisa is an electronic visa allowing eligible tourists to have an entirely online application process.

The eVisa to PNG is available from any place with an internet connection and applying takes only a few minutes.

Papua New Guinea electronic tourist visa is single-entry and enables one to travel to the country for 30/60 days to go sightseeing, have a vacation, or meet relatives and friends.

Regular visa

A regular visa to Papua New Guinea must be obtained by visitors who cannot apply online.

A regular visa requires an in-person visit to the PNG diplomatic mission. The application procedure includes a visa interview with a consular officer.

The applicant for a regular PNG visa may also need more documentation, compared to the one applying online.

Countries and regions which require a visa for entry into Papua New Guinea

The list of eligible countries will help you to know which method of applying for a Papua New Guinea visa you should use.

Electronic visa

Countries eligible for a 30-day PNG eVisa:

  • AustraliaAustralia
  • BarbadosBarbados
  • BahamasBahamas
  • BotswanaBotswana
  • BelizeBelize
  • CanadaCanada*
  • ChileChile*
  • CyprusCyprus*
  • DominicaDominica
  • FijiFiji*
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom*
  • GrenadaGrenada
  • GuyanaGuyana
  • Hong KongHong Kong*
  • IndonesiaIndonesia*
  • IndiaIndia
  • JamaicaJamaica
  • JapanJapan*
  • KenyaKenya
  • KiribatiKiribati*
  • Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis
  • South KoreaSouth Korea*
  • Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
  • LesothoLesotho
  • MacauMacau*
  • MaltaMalta*
  • MauritiusMauritius
  • MexicoMexico*
  • MalaysiaMalaysia
  • NamibiaNamibia
  • NauruNauru*
  • New ZealandNew Zealand*
  • PeruPeru*
  • PhilippinesPhilippines*
  • ThailandThailand*
  • TongaTonga*
  • TuvaluTuvalu*
  • United StatesUnited States*
  • VietnamVietnam
  • VanuatuVanuatu*
  • SamoaSamoa*
  • South AfricaSouth Africa
  • ZambiaZambia
  • SingaporeSingapore*
  • SeychellesSeychelles
  • RwandaRwanda
  • RussiaRussia
  • Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam*
  • Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago*
  • Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands*
  • Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda

*These passport holders are also eligible for the 60-day eVisa.

Countries eligible for 60-day PNG eVisa:

  • AndorraAndorra
  • ArgentinaArgentina
  • American SamoaAmerican Samoa
  • AustriaAustria
  • BelgiumBelgium
  • BulgariaBulgaria
  • BrazilBrazil
  • CanadaCanada
  • ChileChile
  • CyprusCyprus
  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
  • GermanyGermany
  • DenmarkDenmark
  • EcuadorEcuador
  • EstoniaEstonia
  • FinlandFinland
  • FijiFiji
  • MicronesiaMicronesia
  • FranceFrance
  • GreeceGreece
  • Hong KongHong Kong
  • CroatiaCroatia
  • HungaryHungary
  • IndonesiaIndonesia
  • IrelandIreland
  • IsraelIsrael
  • IcelandIceland
  • ItalyItaly
  • JapanJapan
  • KiribatiKiribati
  • LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
  • LithuaniaLithuania
  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
  • LatviaLatvia
  • MonacoMonaco
  • Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands
  • MacauMacau
  • MaltaMalta
  • MaldivesMaldives
  • MexicoMexico
  • MalaysiaMalaysia
  • NetherlandsNetherlands
  • NorwayNorway
  • NauruNauru
  • New ZealandNew Zealand
  • PeruPeru
  • PhilippinesPhilippines
  • PolandPoland
  • Vatican CityVatican City
  • PalauPalau
  • PortugalPortugal
  • Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam

The following passport holders are also able to get a PNG eVisa:

  • Dutch Territories (as Dutch passport holders): Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Bonaire and Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Holders of French passports from French Territories, including Reunion, Saint Martin (French part), Wallis, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, Saint Barthelemy and French Polynesia
  • New Zealand Passport holders (Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau)
  • US passport holders from US Territories, including the Virgin Islands (U.S.), Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Futuna, Puerto Rico
  • UN Agency and UN Organisation

Regular visa

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
  • AnguillaAnguilla
  • AlbaniaAlbania
  • ArmeniaArmenia
  • AngolaAngola
  • ArubaAruba
  • Aland IslandsAland Islands
  • AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
  • BarbadosBarbados
  • BangladeshBangladesh
  • Burkina FasoBurkina Faso
  • BahrainBahrain
  • BurundiBurundi
  • BeninBenin
  • BermudaBermuda
  • BoliviaBolivia
  • BahamasBahamas
  • BhutanBhutan
  • BotswanaBotswana
  • BelarusBelarus
  • BelizeBelize
  • Cocos IslandsCocos Islands
  • CongoCongo
  • Central African RepublicCentral African Republic
  • Republic of the CongoRepublic of the Congo
  • Ivory CoastIvory Coast
  • Cook IslandsCook Islands
  • CameroonCameroon
  • ColombiaColombia
  • Costa RicaCosta Rica
  • SerbiaSerbia
  • CubaCuba
  • Christmas IslandChristmas Island
  • DjiboutiDjibouti
  • DominicaDominica
  • Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
  • AlgeriaAlgeria
  • EgyptEgypt
  • EritreaEritrea
  • EthiopiaEthiopia
  • Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands
  • Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
  • GabonGabon
  • GrenadaGrenada
  • GeorgiaGeorgia
  • French GuianaFrench Guiana
  • GhanaGhana
  • GibraltarGibraltar
  • GreenlandGreenland
  • GambiaGambia
  • Guinea BissauGuinea Bissau
  • GuineaGuinea
  • GuadeloupeGuadeloupe
  • Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea
  • GuatemalaGuatemala
  • GuamGuam
  • GuyanaGuyana
  • HondurasHonduras
  • HaitiHaiti
  • IndiaIndia
  • IraqIraq
  • IranIran
  • JamaicaJamaica
  • JordanJordan
  • KenyaKenya
  • KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
  • CambodiaCambodia
  • ComorosComoros
  • Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis
  • North KoreaNorth Korea
  • KuwaitKuwait
  • Cayman IslandsCayman Islands
  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
  • LaosLaos
  • LebanonLebanon
  • Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
  • LiberiaLiberia
  • LesothoLesotho
  • LibyaLibya
  • MoroccoMorocco
  • MoldovaMoldova
  • MontenegroMontenegro
  • MadagascarMadagascar
  • MacedoniaMacedonia
  • MaliMali
  • MyanmarMyanmar
  • MongoliaMongolia
  • Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands
  • MartiniqueMartinique
  • MauritaniaMauritania
  • MontserratMontserrat
  • MauritiusMauritius
  • MalawiMalawi
  • MozambiqueMozambique
  • NamibiaNamibia
  • New CaledoniaNew Caledonia
  • NigerNiger
  • Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island
  • NigeriaNigeria
  • NicaraguaNicaragua
  • NepalNepal
  • NiueNiue
  • OmanOman
  • PanamaPanama
  • French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia
  • PakistanPakistan
  • Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
  • SenegalSenegal
  • SomaliaSomalia
  • SurinameSuriname
  • El SalvadorEl Salvador
  • SyriaSyria
  • SwazilandSwaziland
  • Caicos IslandsCaicos Islands
  • ChadChad
  • TogoTogo
  • TajikistanTajikistan
  • TokelauTokelau
  • Timor LesteTimor Leste
  • TurkmenistanTurkmenistan
  • TunisiaTunisia
  • TurkeyTurkey
  • TanzaniaTanzania
  • UkraineUkraine
  • UgandaUganda
  • United StatesUnited States
  • UzbekistanUzbekistan
  • Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • VenezuelaVenezuela
  • British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands
  • VietnamVietnam
  • YemenYemen
  • MayotteMayotte
  • South AfricaSouth Africa
  • ZambiaZambia
  • ZimbabweZimbabwe
  • QatarQatar
  • SeychellesSeychelles
  • RwandaRwanda
  • Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  • Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago
  • ParaguayParaguay
  • SudanSudan
  • South SudanSouth Sudan
  • United States Virgin IslandsUnited States Virgin Islands
  • Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Isle of ManIsle of Man
  • GuernseyGuernsey
  • Sao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome and Principe
  • Saint MartinSaint Martin
  • Saint HelenaSaint Helena
  • ReunionReunion
  • Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
  • JerseyJersey
  • CuracaoCuracao
  • Cape VerdeCape Verde
  • British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean Territory
  • Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda
  • Saint BarthelemySaint Barthelemy
  • Sint MaartenSint Maarten
  • BonaireBonaire

Entry requirements for children

Underage travelers must abide by the same rules as adults: a valid passport with one blank page, a PNG visa, a return/onward ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are necessary upon arrival.

Every child must have a separate PNG visa, and the application may be completed by their parent or legal guardian.

If a minor is traveling without one or both parents, an immigration officer may also request a letter from (another) parent.

Transit information

Transit travelers do not need a PNG visa if they satisfy certain conditions:

  • they remain within the transit area
  • they have all the necessary documentation for their onward destination
  • the period of stay in Papua New Guinea is up to 8 hours

In all other cases, a PNG visa is required. A traveler should check their eligibility and apply for a visa to Papua New Guinea either online or at the embassy.

Important information

  • All travelers to Papua New Guinea must obtain a PNG visa.
  • There are two methods of getting a visa to PNG: by applying online for a PNG eVisa or obtaining a regular visa at the diplomatic mission.
  • Papua New Guinea eVisa allows its holders to enter the country once and stay for 30/60 days, depending on the visa type.
  • A regular visa to PNG can be obtained only by attending an embassy/consulate in person and having a visa interview.
  • Besides a PNG visa, travelers also must hold a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds, and a return/onward airline ticket.
  • All COVID-19 restrictions have been removed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need a visa to travel to Papua New Guinea?

Yes, regardless of your nationality, the Papua New Guinea visa is mandatory for entering the country. Still, your citizenship defines the way you can get a PNG visa: certain nationalities can use the online application method.

What are the methods of getting a visa for Papua New Guinea?

A Papua New Guinea visa is available online or at the diplomatic mission in the applicant's country of residence or the nearest diplomatic mission in their region. The proper application method depends on the applicant's nationality.

Can I get a PNG visa on arrival?

No, the visa-on-arrival service is currently suspended. However, nationals who were previously eligible for a visa on arrival can now apply for a PNG tourist visa even in a more straightforward way - online.

What are the requirements for going to Papua New Guinea?

The requirements to enter Papua New Guinea include having a valid passport, a PNG visa, an onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds.

Do I need a visa to transit through Papua New Guinea?

You need a visa for transit through Papua New Guinea if you intend to exit the airport transit area and your stay in PNG will exceed 8 hours.

What are the requirements for children traveling to Papua New Guinea?

The Papua New Guinea requirements for children are the same as for adult visitors. Additionally, children traveling without parent(s) may need a letter from them.