PAPUA New Guinea has introduced a new tourist visa for Australians. Australian passport holders can now secure a 30-day free tourist visa on arrival.
The change in visa requirements was announced this week by the PNG cabinet and is the first time this option has been available to Australian visitors.
Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority CEO, Jerry Agus (pictured), said he is delighted at the news and sees the decision as an important step forward for the tourism industry.
“We wholeheartedly welcome this news,” Mr Agus said.
“We believe that by simplifying the process and allowing visas to be granted upon arrival at no cost, this will entice more Australians to visit one of their closest neighbours.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen fantastic growth in cruising and now, with an easier visa process, we hope to see increased numbers for those arriving by plane.
“We now want to work with all the partners to ensure a streamlined process through the airport immigration system,” Mr Agus said.
“It’s an exciting time for PNG with the tourism bodies and partners strongly focusing on developing tourism infrastructure in areas including Milne Bay and Rabaul/Kokopo.
“Whilst it’s early days we are very motivated to grow this industry and welcome more tourists,” he said
PNG is only around three hours flying from Brisbane.