Joint Public Notice - PNGICA & DLIR

The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) jointly announce the temporary closure of the Foreign Employment Division from DLIR that is responsible for issuance of Work Permit.

The Closure of the office commencing on the 19th of November 2021 would allow for the physical relocation of Staff, Assets and Work Permit system from DLIR to PNG Immigration Headquarters in Waigani.

The Work Permit function will reopen beginning 12 January 2022.

All Work Permit applications shall be lodged at the Immigration Client Service Counters inside Central Government Office (CGO).

This is part of the Government's vision to merger Visa and Work Permit and to create a one-stop-shop and limit unnecessary bureaucratic red-tapes and improves the ease of doing business in the country.

APEC CIQ Handbook


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be held in Papua New Guinea (PNG) throughout 2018.

The purpose of this Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Handbook (CIQH) is to provide delegations and participants to APEC 2018 with the essential information needed to travel to and depart from PNG for all the meetings associated with APEC 2018.

This CIQH will ensure that you are fully aware of the requirements for entry and exit processing of dignitaries, delegates and participants through PNG’s airports and seaports. The information will assist in ensuring you have a smooth entry and exit from PNG.

Under the guidance of this CIQH the most important goal of the PNG Government Border Agencies is to:

Ensure the safe, secure and dignified movement of leaders and delegates/participants through Papua New Guinea’s airports and seaports whilst maintaining border and aviation security.