By Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea will now allow visa on arrival for tourists from India.
PNG’s Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, made the announcement at a dinner he hosted in honour of the visit by India’s President, Pranab Mukherjee, last night at Parliament House.
The announcement of the visa on arrival is a reciprocal gesture. In 2015, the government of India opened its doors to facilitate visa on arrival for Pacific island nations.
“On behalf of the government of Papua New Guinea, I am pleased to announce that Papua New Guinea will also be allowing visa on arrival for Indian tourists to facilitate exchange and promote better understanding between our people. Moreover, this arrangement will enhance the people to people linkage between our people,” Sir Michael said.
As Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum 2015/2016, the Governor General of PNG conveyed on behalf of the forum, sincere appreciation to the government of India for the initiative of its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to forge and strengthen partnership under the Forum for India and Pacific Islands Countries (FIPIC).