PNG Suspends Visas-on-Arrival for the Month of November

In a letter sent to all airlines Friday afternoon (Oct 12), and confirmed by the Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha Monday morning (Oct 15), the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) is imposing a temporary suspension of Visas-on-Arrival for all tourists and visitors from October 30 to November 30. This suspension will not affect APEC travelers with electronic visas or travelers who already hold a valid paper visa in their passport. The ICA has advised all tourists to apply for a normal visa at any PNG Embassy prior to traveling to PNG during this time, and stressed that anyone applying for a visa now would be able to obtain the visa before the suspension takes effect. Chief Kantha stated that this suspension was due to the increased security demands of APEC, and that the tourism sector would not be affected. Please note that the U.S. Embassy has no influence in the visa process for Papua New Guinea, and cannot assist travelers stranded due to this visa change.