Papua New Guinea (PNG) has launched a new eVisa which is available to 70 nationalities. The online application process means that travelers do not need to go to an embassy or consulate and can apply in just a few minutes.
There are different types of PNG eVisa which vary in validity and reason for visiting. There is a 30-day tourist visa (Australian passport-holders only), a 60-day tourist visa, a short-term business visa, an aid-worker volunteer visa, as well as a journalist visa.
The eligible nationalities for the eVisa include the US, Canada, all EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Speaking at the website launch, Petris Thomas, the PNG Minister for Immigration and Border Security, said applying and waiting for a visa was "a thing of the past".
“We will appreciate that the world is moving forward with the digital world and we don’t want to be left behind,” he said.
Jerry Agus, Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer, said they had been fighting for this since their independence. “This project is the biggest positive announcement for the tourism industry," he said.
He explained that previously it was very difficult for tourists to get visas for PNG, especially those without an embassy or consulate in their country.
How to apply for a Papua New Guinea eVisa
To apply for the PNG eVisa applicants need to complete the online application form by answering the questions. Applicants enter information such as their name, date of birth, address, passport details, and travel plans.
Applicants will also need to provide a copy of the biographical page of their passport and pay a fee using a credit or debit card. The majority of applications are quickly processed and approved.
It is essential to ensure there are no errors on the application form as this can cause delays. Applicants should carefully check all the entered information before submission
applicants receive the approved PNG eVisas by email. Visitors can present their eVisa at the PNG border to gain entry into the country.
At the moment the 30-day visitor visas are only available for Australians. The other eligible nationalities can obtain a 60-day visitor visa.
Why visit Papua New Guinea?
PNG is one of the most fascinating, culturally diverse, and least explored places in the world. There are 852 known languages, numerous groups of uncontacted peoples, and researchers believe there is an abundance of undiscovered species of plants and animals.
It is also a country of immense beauty and is ideal for a range of outdoor activities. Hiking is a popular activity and there are many trails. The most famous is the Kokada Track, the site of the famous World War II battle between Japan and Australia.
Diving is also one of the country's main draws. PNG has one of the healthiest coral reef systems on the planet. Divers can witness a phenomenal range of marine life as well as huge shipwrecks from World War II.
The huge markets are another big attraction for tourists. Visitors can find an array of traditional arts and crafts, such as paintings and carvings, at very reasonable prices.