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Showing posts with label PNG-Australia Tourist Visa. Show all posts

PNG Visa Online Auto-Grant Function Reactivated 2022

Minister for Immigration and Labour, Bryan Kramer, re-launched the auto-grant system (PNG Visa Online Service) to reduce the high volume of applications and improve turnaround time for clients.

PNG Online Visa Application
PNG Visa Online Auto-Grant Function Reactivated

Eligible applicants for PNG Visa Online 

Kramer stated that the system is independent and will only be for selected visa classes including 

  • Tourists (own itinerary and tour package), 
  • visiting relative, 
  • yacht person (crew and owner), 
  • easy visitor permit (30/60 days) and 
  • the Restricted Employment Visa.
The minister said...

“This system is now available. PNG Immigration have used it before during the APEC in 2018, the Women’s Soccer World Cup and the Pacific Games in Port Moresby to facilitate large volumes of delegates. I want to reactivate this in a similar way but with strict conditions attached to the auto-grant letters,”

PNG Visa Online fast approval

The auto-grant will allow tourists and visitors on short-term visits to get their visas granted immediately instead of waiting for seven days to get approval.

“The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) will step up its compliance and enforcement efforts to ensure visitors are complying with the conditions set out in the auto-grant letters. 

With limited staff on strength, I am taking this option so personnel in the department can concentrate on other visa categories that need careful assessment and consideration”.

The auto-granting of PNG Visa Online applications does not in any way compromise the integrity of the systems or pose security risks.

PNG visa online

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PNG Consulate Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns

Papua New Guineans and friends in Australia can get help from the PNG Consulate in Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns. Besides the 3 Consulate Generals, the High Commissioner is based in Canberra. 

png consulate in brisbane, cairns and sydney australia

PNG Consulates in Australia

Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia can seek travel info and assistance from the consulates near you.

Citizens from qualified countries may be able to travel to Papua New Guinea without a visa. The most common types of Papua New Guinea visas are the following.

  • Transit visa
  • Tourist visa
  • Business visa
  • Diplomatic visa
Here is how to apply for a visa including the latest (2022) PNG entry visa online application info

PNG Consulates' Address

  • PNG General in Brisbane - The new location is Level 1, 316 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000
  • PNG Consulate in Sydney - Suite G, 04, 247 Coward Street Mascot Sydney, NSW
  • PNG Consulate Cairns 42-44 Spence Street P.O. Box 4886 Cairns, QLD

PNG High Commission – Canberra

  • High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr John Kali
  • Minister & Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Sakias Tameo
  • Second Secretary, Mrs. Morgan Pehara
  • Third Secretary, Ms. Lucy Kila
  • Administration Officer, Mr. Sodina Bun
  • Visa Officer, Mrs. Jin Howatson
Street Address: 39-41 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Postal Address: P.O. Box E6317, Kingston ACT 2604

Contact PNG High Commission

High Commission:  kundu@pngcanberra.org
Visa Section:            visa@pngcanberra.org

Tel: (02) 6273 3322

How to Apply for Papua New Guinea (PNG) Visa?

Note that in a recent media release (2022), the Immigration Minister re-launched the Online PNG Entry Visa Application function. Its aim is to fast-track the backlog of visa applications. Only certain groups of visitors are eligible for the online fast-track visa.

PNG entry visa comprises several classes. Find out which one suits you. 

How to apply for PNG visa

Classes of PNG Entry Visas

Tourist (Tour Package)

Relevant documents are provided (eg: A letter from Tour Group)

Group tours, student excursion groups, etc.

Tourist (own itinerary)

Relevant documents are provided (eg: Letter stating the purpose of the visit)

Individuals who wish to sightsee independently, travel, or visit friends, etc.

Easy Visitor Permits (EVP)

EVPs are strictly issued upon arrival in PNG to eligible nationals only, please refer to the list (Visa on arrival eligible country list) at www.immigration.gov.pg.

Visiting Relative

For individuals visiting husbands, wives, or other family members.

Journalist

For reporters, TV presenters, announcers and correspondents.

Yachtsperson

Owner, captain, and crew of a yacht as well as any accompanying spouse and/or children.

Validity of PNG Visa

All visitor entry permits are valid for a single entry stay of sixty (60) days from the date of arrival. Work is prohibited.

Where to apply

Application for all the above classes can be made at any PNG Diplomatic Mission.

Applications for tourist/visiting relative entry permits (for eligible nationals) can also be made on arrival at designated international ports of entry.

For those arriving by yacht, applications can be made at ICD or at the designated international port of entry.

How to apply for PNG Visa

1. Complete the “Application for Entry Permit” (Form 1)

2. Pay the Migration Service Fee (MSF)

3. Provide passport and documentary evidence.

Check out the countries eligible for the NEW online entry visa application.

Support documents to attach with the application form

  • Tourist (both tour package and own itinerary):
  • Return/ongoing ticket;
  • Evidence of funds (if required).
  • Visiting Relative:
  • Return/ongoing ticket
  • Evidence of funds (if required).

Journalist's Entry Visa to PNG

  • Return/ongoing ticket
  • Letter from sponsoring organization and list of equipment.
  • Approval from the International Organization Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Immigration must be obtained prior to the entry permit issue.

Yacht Person Entry Visa to PNG

  • Proof of ownership of vessel/ captain’s papers;
  • Ship’s log for details of crewmembers;
  • Customs Clearance form must be completed.
  • Accompanying dependents and crewmembers are issued a Tourist/visitor entry permit upon arrival.

Extension of stay in PNG

Extensions can be granted once only for a maximum of thirty (30) days whilst in PNG.

Applicants for extension should:

  • Complete the “Application to Extend Entry Permit” (Form 4);
  • Pay the MSF as set out in the Summary Table.
  • Provide a letter stating the reasons for the extension.
  • Provide a copy of the return airline ticket.
  • Further applications will not be considered.

How much to pay in PNG Visa fees

All Tourist Visas are free.

Journalist - effective 1 April 2014 the fee is AU$435.00*

*Check the local PNG Consulate or High Commission for the latest fees and travel info.

PNG Entry Visa Application
A blooming orchid, Port Moresby Adventure Park

PNG eVisa Apply Online from 20 Eligible Countries

PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (PNGI&CA) electronic visa (eVisa) can now be accessed worldwide in more than 20 countries. 

PNG online e visa application
Facebook/PNG I&CA

PNGI&CA is expanding our eVisa to all APEC member economies including Russia and Commonwealth member States including India, South Africa and Cyprus.

Nationals from one of those countries can now apply online and receive visas instantly to travel to PNG without the need to visit a PNG Embassy or High Commission.

The expansion of eVisa gives access to about 3 billion prospective visitors and tourists to visit PNG.

PNGI&CA as a PNG Border Agency is using its role to generate revenue and promote prosperity for our people.

PNG's eVisa is a world standard traveller facilitation system which allows applicants to apply for visas anytime, anywhere in the world as long as they are connected to the internet.

Reposted Facebook/PNGI&CA

Renew PNG Passport: What To Do and Documents Needed Attaching

Many statutory bodies, including the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority (ICSA), demand the need to show the National Identification (NID) card or the *new* Birth Certificate. There is, however, a real difficulty getting the card or the certificate to produce as evidence of citizenship at present. The delay can frustrate attempts to obtain a new passport too.


I had read the information on the ICSA website regarding passport applications. And, at first, found it confusing especially *renewing* passport. I assumed that since certain requirements changed, my *old* birth certificate was now invalid. I would have to go through the whole process of getting a new birth certificate or NID card. Fortunately, this was not the case.

In fact, it was easy and straightforward because I had already got my passport to present as the evidence of citizenship. So, I thought I should share my experience to help others wanting to *renew* their passports.

As implied earlier, while fearing my application was likely to have the wrong attachments (and hence renewal delayed), I made several trips to the ICSA office at Waigani, Port Moresby, to get some answers. 

Here is what I found out. Hope it helps...

How to renew PNG Passport
Hong Kong Central - PNG passport holders get Visa On Arrival

Q1. When to submit passport for renewal/extension of the expiry date


Submit the application 6 months before the due date. For example, for a passport that expires on the 6th of December 2023, the holder should submit their application after the 6th of June 2023. 
This is important because those wanting to travel out of the country will have to have at least 6 months validity in their passports (same as travelling into the country)

Q2. What to do to renew an adult passport

  • Passport -  You do not need a National Identification card or birth certificate. Your evidence of citizenship is the existing passport. (If you are applying for a *new* passport, you are required to produce the NID card.)
  • Passport photos - two passport photos must be signed and stamped by *a* legal/authorised person.
  • Section 13 of the passport application form must be signed and stamped by *the* legal/authorised person.
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favourably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned travel in advance. 
  • Processing Fee - pay (see processing fees below) at the Vulupindi Haus and attach the receipt.

Q3. What to do to renew a child passport

  • Passport -  same as above
  • Passport photos - same as above
  • Section 13 of the passport application form - same as above
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favourably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned travel.
  • Processing Fee - same as above
Additional documents
  • Birth Certificate - attach the child's birth certificate whether your child is born overseas or in PNG.
  • Parents Passport bio page - attach a copy of both mother and father's (or legal guardian) passport bio page.
  • Section 9 (parents/legal guardians' consent) is completed as required
For the applicants wanting to get a new passport, please refer to the Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority website.

Top tip. Make sure you have followed all the instructions on PAGE 1 of the passport application form. If you are still in doubt, take your application to the ICSA office. Cross-check with the staff at the office. Finalise your application properly before submitting it.

PNG Passport Processing Fee

The normal processing fee is K100. It takes 15 working days (3 weeks) to process the application. 

You can pay K300 to fast-track your application. It only takes 2 days to process the application if you pay K200 more.

Dealing with passport agents 

Many Papua New Guineans and foreigners use passport agents in Port Moresby to process their passports and visas. Passport agents are everyday people who are front up at the immigration office at Waigani all day, only some are real businesses. 

So, be careful when you deal with them.

If you are in Port Moresby (or travelling in) this information should be sufficient to get your passport ready and pick it up. 

Best of all, it can be challenging to do it the first time. But, if you do it yourself, you'll find it easy doing it again.

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PNG VISA AND PASSPORT: FIVE (5) KEY CHANGES to IMMIGRATION and CITIZENSHIP SERVICES 2017

SOURCE: NBC News 14th September 2017
The Minister for Immigration and Border Security has announced a number of changes to improve fraud detection and abuse in migration services in the country.


A statement by Minister Petrus Thomas, says the changes, which will come into effect over the next few weeks, will also include a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.

Top among the changes is a direction to

PNG Work Permit One Entry, One Work Permit, One Job

The Government plans to review the work permits of all expatriates to ensure conditions have not been breached, and rules on the issuing of new ones will be stricter.

Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mehrra Kipefa told The National that the department would implement a new policy from next year to tighten the issuing of work permits. A policy paper on it is currently before the National Executive Council.

“Our new policy starting next year will be one entry, one job,” Kipefa said.

Recommended: How to Renew PNG Passport

PNG work permit - how to get it


“We will review all work permits issued to expatriates to ensure they have only one job for which they were issued work or entry permit to work in the country.”

He said there had been some instances where some expats were granted a permit to do a certain job but then did other jobs.

“Those who are found to be doing such will have to be disciplined, including cancelling their work permits and having them repatriated back to their home country,” Kipefa said.

Kipefa said there were a lot of things to be fixed and he would seek the support of fellow ministers and state agencies to get things fixed.

 “We also have a lot of technical people coming into the country and doing jobs which our own people have the knowledge and the skills to do, and can competently perform,” he said.

“That is another issue I will be addressing.

“We will only issue work permits and recruit expatriates on jobs that Papua New Guineans are not able to perform.

“And these expatriates will be required to also train Papua New Guineans when they are employed here.”

Kipefa said jobs that Papua New Guineans could perform must be given to them.

“We will classify certain jobs, especially technical and skilled jobs only for our citizens,” he said.

“That is what I will be driving and we are looking at bringing the National Apprentice and Trade Test to the provinces and the districts.

“We have started with Mingende in Chimbu by launching a Trade Testing Centre for carpentry at the Saint Mary’s Technical School last week.

“And based on the success, we are looking at accrediting trade tests for other technical courses like mechanical, electrical, welding and plumbing.”

Kipefa said the policy on “one entry or work permit, one job” was expected to be tabled during the first sitting of Parliament next year.

“I am looking forward to giving a ministerial statement in Parliament on the policy and to commence the implementation,” Kipefa said.

The National 

Australian Tourist Visa: How To Apply Online – So Easy, Yet So Hard


This post aims to help Papua New Guineans who are intending to obtain Australian tourist visa for short stay. It is an experience I share to help others. In fact, I was very annoyed when I started the application. Two things went wrong. First, I realized that the whole application process changed, it was not like before where you submit the visa applications at the Australian High Commission’s office. The visa submission process was left in hands of agents. You have to go to an agent to get it sorted for you, or do it yourself online.

The later was easy, but the wireless internet connection at home (and at the agent too) was not working. I’ve tried in vain for two straight days though I had all the required and recommended papers. Simply because a major Internet cable was said to have been sabotaged.

At the agents, I completed the application form – form 1419. In addition, I had less than 10 working days to get a visa before leaving on a booked flight. It was stressful. Sounds all too familiar?

So how did I, finally, submit my application?


To make it clear I have not got a visa yet. The decision to grant me a visa is out of my control having applied, I am writing in waiting. Let me answer the question. The ‘break-through’ came when a friend mentioned that I could use a mobile phone as router (or Internet Access Point). So, I did and submitted my application online. It cost K3 to get a Digicel’s data bundle (60MB) to upload all the documents. Here is the link to a step-by-stepguide on how to connect your mobile phone and laptop. So you can do that anywhere in PNG. It takes up to 10 working days to get response. If you haven’t got one after that period, give them a follow-up call.

There is a list of required document you must produce. Use this PDF link to see more. The common documents are a passport photo (doesn’t have to be signed), copy of passport biography page, bank statement, Form 54 Family Composition, etc.

I would recommend using the online application. It costs Au$136.46. For fees and charges information, refer to www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees. Costs at the agents are indicated on the image above.

A 300MB mobile data would be enough  to launch your application online.

Important tips/docs for online application:
-Ensure that all your documents are less than 5MB before uploading
-Passport page/s
-Passport photo, taken in the last 6 months
-Bank statements
-Evidence of assets in country of residence. E.g. recent share value cert.
-Family Composition (Form 54)
-Check list PDF
*Visitors with different circumstances may provide extra docs, use this as a guide