PAPUA New Guinea will be hoping for an increase in Australian visitors following the recent change to the rules governing visa applications.capacity to make up for Qantas’ decision pulls out services on this route at the end of October.

Australian passport holders can now obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival in PNG folowing a change of heart from the PNG Government on a previous political decision that made visa applications for Australians complicatred and very time consuming.

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority said the announcement was very welcome news for the nation’s tourism industry.

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority CEO Jerry Agus said that the new process of tourist visas would encourage and make things easier for Australians to visit their closest neighbour.

png-res-q3-2016_39“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.

“We now want to work with all partners to ensure a streamlined process through the airport immigration system.

“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 its early days we are motivated to grow this industry and welcome more tourists,” said Mr Agus.

Air Niugini and PNG Air provide weekly flights from Cairns to Port Moresby – approximate flying time is an hour and twenty-five minutes.

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