PNG minister to investigate visa saga

4:05 pm on 7 September 2015

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister has told the media he will intervene after a controversial decision by the immigration department to confiscate journalists' visas.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Seven Pacific journalists arriving in Port Moresby last week were detained for three hours and had to pay a fee of US$350 before being allowed into PNG.

Australian journalists say they have to pay the same amount for a visa, but the official media pack told all others that a special event visa would be granted on arrival.

However, the Pacific journalists were told when they arrived that there was a "migration service fee".

Rimbink Pato says he will investigate the incident, as more journalists prepare to travel to PNG for the Pacific Islands Forum.