LIAM COCHRANE | ABC | Extracts
PAPUA New Guinea has banned Australians from travelling to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville following Canberra's announcement of plans to open a new diplomatic mission on the island.
Australia's announcement of the new diplomatic post angered the PNG government, with foreign minister Rimbink Pato calling the move "outrageous" and "mischievous". The diplomatic response has been swift.
"I have instructed the chief migration officer to impose the ban with immediate effect and to notify all PNG overseas missions and posts and domestic carriers of the ban," Mr Pato said in a statement today.
"All diplomatic and foreign government officials wishing to visit Bougainville must seek clearance from the [PNG] Department of Foreign Affairs before travelling," he said.
The ban will apply to tourist, business and other short-term entry visas, but not to work and permanent visa holders.