PNG’s decision to ban the Visa on arrival Facility for Australian passport holders will now be enforced.
This action comes after weeks of waiting by the PNG Government, for Australia to reconsider its response to PNG Ministers at the PNG- Australia Ministerial Forum in Canberra last year.
The decision was passed by the National Executive Council in December 2013, however was not effective, as PNG Government was giving ample time for Australia, to reconsider the reciprocal visa arrangements.
However that made no changes as the recent visit by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
Mrs Bishop reiterated that PNG travellers will have to apply for visa before entering Australia.
That has made the Government to effectively impose the visa on arrival for Australian passport holders.
The ban will commence on Saturday 1st of March 2014.
The ban means that the Australian passport holders will be required to obtain visas at the nearest PNG Post abroad.
Australians uplifted without a valid passport into PNG will be repatriated on the next available flight at the expense of the uplifting airline.
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