21 Jan 2014

PNG ban on visa-on-arrival for Australians confirmed

9:44 pm on 21 January 2014

The office of Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has confirmed that the government has banned the arrangement for issuing of visas on arrival for Australians coming to Port Moresby.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the National Executive Council reached the decision at a recent meeting.

The NEC decided that the ban would only be lifted if Australia agreed to allow PNG citizens a similar visa-on-arrival arrangement when travelling there.

For many months, the government has been urging Australia to reciprocate the arrangement given to its citizens coming to PNG.

An official in the Prime Minister's office says the ban is expected to take effect when the Chief of Immigration signs it.

He says it would mean that Australian passport holders would have to obtain a visa before arriving in Port Moresby.

But the ban does not apply to Australians travelling to other PNG ports by ship.

They would still be given visas on arrival.