TRAVELLERS packing an Australian passport will find it easier to visit Papua New Guinea with a 30-day visa now available free to tourist arriving in the country.
It’s the first time this visa option has been available to holidaying Australians with the alteration made by the National Executive Council this week delighting local tourism operators.
“We whole-heartedly welcome this news and believe that by simplifying the process, and allowing visas to be granted upon arrival at no cost, will entice more Australians to visit one of their closest neighbours,” says Office of Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive Jerry Agus.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen such fantastic growth in cruising and now, with an easier visa process, we hope to see increased numbers for those arriving by plane too.
“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.”
PNG – a destination boasting 600 islands – is a three-hour flight from Brisbane with some popular activities for tourists including fishing, surfing, diving, trekking and cruising.