24 Jan 2018

Nauru to waive media visa application fee for Forum

5:41 pm on 24 January 2018

The Pacific Islands Forum says journalists covering this year's leaders' meeting in Nauru will not have to pay a costly visa application fee.

The Parliament building in Nauru.

The parliament building in Nauru. Photo: Supplied/ @ChrisTrott

Three years ago the Nauru government introduced a $US6400 non-refundable fee for foreign journalists wanting to report from the country.

The Forum's deputy secretary general Cristelle Pratt said the secretariat had been assured by the Nauru government that accredited media would be exempt from the usual levy.

"Those media that are accredited to observe and report on the Pacific Islands Forum will have their visa fees waived," she said.

Only two Australian journalists have visited Nauru since the introduction of the fee which has effectively precluded foreign media from visiting.

The fee was introduced amid heightened international scrutiny of Australia's asylum seeker camps on Nauru.

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