5 Sep 2017

Nauru's visa fee for journalists to be waived for 2018 Forum

10:15 am on 5 September 2017

Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated a $US6,089 visa fee for journalists will be waived when his country hosts the Pacific Islands Forum next year.

At this year's Forum, in Samoa, Mr Waqa was asked if journalists would be allowed into Nauru next year when it hosts the annual event.

Currently, journalists have to pay a non-refundable $US6089 application fee for a visa to enter Nauru.

ABC said Mr Waqa told reporters they were working with the Pacific Islands Forum to make sure that everyone got there.

Only two Australian journalists have been allowed into Nauru in recent years.

The application fee has been criticised as an effort to prevent journalists reporting on the Australian Government's policy of offshore detention for asylum seekers and refugees.

Pacific leaders at this year's Forum will attempt to form a collective voice on such varied topics as climate change, illegal fishing and labour mobility.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is due to arrive in Apia later this week ahead of the main event, the leaders' retreat.