Papua New Guinea Visa Policy

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Visa Policy for Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea visa policy determines which foreign citizens need a visa for the country and whether they need to apply for a visa for Papua New Guinea online or from an embassy or consulate.

Papua New Guinea immigration laws currently state that there are no countries that do not need a visa for the country: all foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa for Papua New Guinea regardless of the purpose of stay or the intended length of their visit.

At present, travelers from up to 75 countries worldwide are able to apply for an eVisa for Papua New Guinea online through a simple electronic application process.

This is by far the most efficient way to obtain travel authorization for the country, as it eliminates the need to visit the nearest diplomatic mission in person or wait in long immigration queues to submit a Papua New Guinea visa on arrival application at the border.

An approved Papua New Guinea eVisa may be granted for purposes of tourism, leisure, to visit family or friends, or for business. It permits a stay of either 30 or 60 days depending on the needs of the traveler.

Papua New Guinea immigration policy dictates that if eVisa-eligible citizens wish to visit the country for other purposes or longer periods of stay, they must apply for an embassy visa from the nearest diplomatic government office of Papua New Guinea

Additionally, citizens of approximately 170 countries must apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate of Papua New Guinea in advance no matter how long they wish to stay, and whether they need a tourist visa, student visa, work visa, or other visa option.

Discover further information about the different types of visa for Papua New Guinea below.

Tourist Visa Policy for Papua New Guinea

The tourist visa policy of Papua New Guinea states that all travelers from other countries must have a valid visa to enjoy a tourism stay in the independent state, regardless of the length of their intended trip.

Although a visa on arrival for Papua New Guinea is available for a select number of foreign citizens, these same nationalities are able to apply for a tourist visa for Papua New Guinea online, a process which greatly expedites the application and removes the need to wait in long border lines at immigration control.

Available through a simple electronic application that only takes a few minutes to complete, an approved PNG eVisa may allow a tourist stay of either 60 or 30 days depending on the requirements of the individual.

Once approved, an Papua New Guinea eVisa for tourism is sent to the traveler via email, and can then be printed to present to border authorities on arrival.

While roughly 75 nationalities are able to apply online, citizens of approximately 170 other countries must apply for a Papua New Guinea tourist visa from an embassy or consulate of the country. An embassy visa application must be initiated well in advance of travel to allow for sufficient processing time.

You can find out more about the different tourist visa options for Papua New Guinea below.


The eVisa for Papua New Guinea, also known as the PNG eVisa, is an electronic visa that allows stays in the country for tourism and leisure, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes.

A Papua New Guinea eVisa application can also be submitted to apply for a Restricted Employment Visa (REV), which allows international workers with specialist skills and technical expertise to undertake employment in the country.

The eVisa was first implemented in November 2018 to expedite the application process for visa on arrival-eligible nationalities for Papua New Guinea, as it removes any long waits when passing through border checkpoints in the country. In July 2019, all countries which are part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) were added to the eVisa-eligible list.

A PNG eVisa can be obtained by completing a simple electronic application that only takes a few minutes to complete with basic personal, passport, and travel information. Applicants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Papua New Guinea and upload a copy of the passport biographical information page.

Once processed and approved, which takes a maximum of 3 business days, the applicant receives their PNG online visa sent by email.

Online visas for Papua New Guinea for tourism allow a stay of either 60 or 30 days, while the business visa permits a maximum 30-day stay. Both of these electronic visa options permit a single entry to the country during their validity. An online transit visa is not required if the passenger remains in the airport’s international transit area no longer than 8 hours.

Find a complete list of PNG eVisa-eligible nationalities below.

EVISA: Country list

  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Papua New Guinea rules and regulations for immigration currently identify approximately 170 nationalities who must obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate in order to travel to the country, independent of the time the traveler intends to stay or the purpose of the visit.

These passport holders must apply for a Papua New Guinea visa well in advance of their planned travel dates, whether they require a tourism visa, transit visa, business visa, work visa, student visa or other visa type.

The protocol of obtaining a Consular or Embassy Visa for the independent state first involves making an appointment at the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic government office in the country where the traveler is resident.

During the process, it will be necessary to complete a Papua New Guinea visa application form and bring a range of supporting documentation along to the embassy interview. The documents required will depend on the type of embassy visa the individual requires.

It will also be necessary to pay a PNG travel visa processing fee at the embassy before the application can be processed.

As it may take several weeks for the application to be reviewed and approved, the traveler is advised to initiate the process several weeks before the intended date of arrival in Papua New Guinea.

Discover the nationalities that must apply for an embassy visa for Papua New Guinea by browsing the list below.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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