By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News
The Indonesian Immigration Authority has issued directions to stop all Papua New Guineans from entering into Indonesia, from Wutung in West Sepik, without presenting their PNG passports.
This directive will be made effective on the first of November.
PNG Consul General in Jayapura, Geoffrey Wiri, told EMTV News, the Indonesian government has made such decisions because of the increase in abuse by Papua New Guineans, using the Traditional Border Crossing Passes when going into Jayapura.
The directive from the Indonesian government is clear.
All Papua New Guineans will not be allowed into, Jayapura Indonesia, through Wutung without a valid passport and visa.
Previously Papua New Guineans who are not from the four border villages in West Sepik, used what is called a Supplementary or Manifest to either Jayapura or the famous trading centre at Skouw (Batas).
However, that privilege has been restricted by the Indonesian Authority.