Visa, Customs and Quarantine

Pre-travel facts and planning

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Learn about the Papua New Guinean visa, customs and quarantine regulations. This includes types of visa applications, what to declare and what is prohibited in Papua New Guinea.

 

Is my passport valid to travel?

Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the time of your travel (date of departure from Papua New Guinea back to country of origin).

Do I need a VISA to enter Papua New Guinea?

Unless you are Papua New Guinean citizen, you will need a valid Papua New Guinean visa to enter the country. Passport holders from the countries below can apply for a free tourist visa upon arrival in the country. (NOTICE: FROM 30 OCTOBER 2018 – 30 NOVEMBER 2018 VISA ON ARRIVAL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DUE TO THE APEC LEADER’S SUMMIT).

  • All Pacific countries
  • All Western European countries
  • America & Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Israel

All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas including working visas, business visas and tourist visas, at your nearest Papua New Guinean Embassy or Consulate. Please contact the nearest PNG Diplomatic mission to obtain fees in local currency. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.

WHAT SORT OF VISA SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

As a tourist, you should apply for a Visitor Entry Permit. The form is available online, at the PNG diplomatic mission in your country of residence, or the nearest Papua New Guinea diplomatic mission in your region.

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CAN I EXTEND MY STAY ON A TOURIST VISA?

If you are already in Papua New Guinea and hold a valid visitor visa you can extend your stay by applying for another visa with the Visa Extension form well in advance of the expiry of the current Entry Permit. You need to be in Papua New Guinea to be granted an extension. There is no period of grace in relation to extensions.

Applicants can pay the extension fee at:

  • Department of Finance, Vulupindi Haus, Ground Floor, Waigani Drive (within National Capital District)
  • Nearest International Revenue Commission office
  • Bureau of Management Services of Department of Finance  

Agents are not permitted to sign on behalf of applicants and individual receipts are required for each individual/family group.

DO I NEED TO PAY A FEE TO TRANSIT IN PNG?

Travelling by air 

If you are transiting from the arrival hall and go straight to departure lounge, you do not pay any fees, but if you leave the terminal then you will be required to pay K100.00.

Arriving on a cruise ship

Passengers coming out of cruise ships must have a seaman pass. If you do not have this pass then you will be required to pay K100.00.

WHAT ITEMS AM I PROHIBITED FROM BRINGING INTO PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

Papua New Guinea’s customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, prescription medicines, weapons, firearms, censored films, and obscene literature into Papua New Guinea. Restrictions governing the importation of all domestic pets such as cats/dogs into Papua New Guinea are also strictly enforced. Find more information at the Border Security page of the PNG Customs and NAQIA websites.

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I BRING INTO THE COUNTRY?

There is no limit on the amount of currency that you can bring into Papua New Guinea, but you will need to declare amounts over K20,000. Find out more about paying duty when you exceed your duty free Travellers Concession.

WHAT HAPPENS TO GOODS YOU DECLARE?

Goods that you declare will be inspected by a biosecurity officer, who will assess the level of risk associated with the goods. In most cases, goods are low risk and will be returned to you after the inspection. However, if a biosecurity officer deems the goods to have some risk you can pay for the goods to be treated, pay to export the goods, or voluntarily dispose of the goods.

WHAT ARE THE DUTY-FREE CONCESSION LIMITS FOR PEOPLE ENTERING PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

General goods: K1,000.00 worth of goods per adult (18 years or over); K500 worth of goods per child.,

Alcohol: Up to 2 litres (0.5 imperial gallons or 0.59 US gallons) of alcoholic beverages (liquor, wine and Champagne) per adult (18 years or over).

Tobacco: 250 cigarettes or 250 grams (1.76 ounces) of tobacco products per adult.

You may need to show proof of purchase and price paid so please have any receipts available for inspection by a Papua New Guinea Customs Officer.