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FAQ Areas


Where do I get PNG travel visa?

Entry visas into Papua New Guinea can be applied for online via the Immigration and Citizenship Authority website: https://ica.gov.pg/visa

Visitors planning a holiday or visiting friends and family in Papua New Guinea must apply for a Visitor Visa. However, certain countries / passport holders are eligible for visa-on-arrival. Click: https://ica.gov.pg/visa/visit/visitor

Yes, there is visa-on-arrival available, however eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  1. Must have a legal passport with six (6) months of validity;
  2. Proof of a return ticket
  3. Only for:
Easy Visitor Visa  Short Stay Tourist Visitor Visa  Diplomatic, Official and Service Passport Holders  
Pacific Island States and Territories:
  • Solomon Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Fiji
  • New Caledonia
  • American Samoa
  • FSM
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti)
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Cook Islands
  • Niue
  • Tokelau
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • China.
Further requirements include:
  • Only for Chinese tourists holding ordinary passports, traveling in organized group tours with a PNG registered tour operator.
  • China
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • Indonesia

For more information on Papua New Guinea’s visa-on-arrival, visit: https://ica.gov.pg/visa-information/visa-on-arrival

Although Visitor Visa’s are free, there are service processing fees required by the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority – click: https://ica.gov.pg/visa-information/migration-service-fees

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Wontok Specialists

What is a ‘wantok specialist’?

A ‘wantok specialist’ is a tour agent or wholesaler who specializes in tours of Papua New Guinea, particularly those registered by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. Look up our list of ‘wantok specialists’.

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority highly recommends you use the services of one of their registered wantok specialists when planning your trip to Papua New Guinea. Wantok specialists are knowledgeable with tours and traveling in Papua New Guinea, and offer some of the best information support about our destination, Papua New Guinea. Check out our list of ‘wantok specialists’.

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Is Papua New Guinea safe to visit?

Like many other developing countries, Papua New Guinea faces its fair share of law-and-order issues. Nonetheless, the traveling safety of all tourists in Papua New Guinea is one of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority’s biggest concerns. Although you are unlikely to face any difficulties at our major tourist attractions and festivals, we strongly advise travelers to Papua New Guinea to ensure the following:

Before Traveling to Papua New Guinea

  1. Book with our Wantok Specialist or an accredited member of PNG’s tourism industry, i.e.,PNG Tourism Industry Association, PNG Divers Association, Surfing Association of PNG, and licensed tour operators of theKokoda Track Authority.  They ensure your safety is
  2. Have all the necessary travel requirements and documentation as per the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority website.
  3. Always check travel advisories of your respective countries regarding travel to PNG. 
  4. There are certain areas in Papua New Guinea that are prone to malaria, dengue and typhoid. Please consult your doctor for advice regarding suitable antimalarial drugs to take with you before traveling. Your tour operator and hotel accommodation service provider will be prepared for health emergencies you encounter while in their care.


  1. When sightseeing, always have a local tour guide with you.
  2. Avoid large crowds gathering in public areas.
  3. Exercise caution in busy public areas with your personal belongings.
  4. Consult your tour operator or hotel accommodation provider if you are experiencing disruptions and issues while traveling in Papua New Guinea.
  5. Have contacts of your country’s diplomatic mission in Papua New Guinea should you face serious problems.
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How do I get around Papua New Guinea?

The only way to travel to other parts of Papua New Guinea is by airline. Book your flight with our major commercial airlines: Air Niugini, PNG Air and TropicAir. Speak with your tour operator and hotel accommodation provider about your transportation needs in the destinations you will be overnighting in.

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What kind of food is eaten in PNG?

Papua New Guinea offers a variety of cuisine, both local and international. Many hotel accommodation providers and tour operators offer local cuisine experiences, while also taken into account your dietary restrictions / preferences.

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What language is spoken in PNG?

Many Papua New Guineans converse and understand English, however, Tok-pisin is the common creole language spoken throughout the country. Check out some helpful words and phrases to use when traveling in Papua New Guinea:

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