PNG may implement stricter visa requirements for Aussie neighbours

PNG PM Peter O'Neil
PNG PM, Peter O'Neil
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government is planning to implement stricter visa requirements for Australians entering the country if Canberra refuses to relax her requirements for PNG citizens, Prime Minister Peter O’Neil revealed on Parliament last Friday.

O’Neil said if the Australian government insisted on granting PNG citizens tourist and business visas on arrival then Waigani would reciprocate. He added that this would be forwarded to Foreign Minister, Rimbik Pato, who is currently in Sri Lanka to discuss with his Australian counterpart in the meet with Commonwealth heads.

Meanwhile Bogia MP, John Hickey told Parliament that requirements for entering Australia were stringent for PNG citizens. He said a good bilateral relation was important and Australia should reciprocate the treatment given to its citizens.

Hickey also said it took a month to apply for visa to Australia while they were are granted on arrival. He added that some of them were security risks to the country and thus we should reciprocate their visa requirements.


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