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.

In some circumstances you may be asked to provide evidence of your return travel as part of the visa application process.


Everyone travelling to Papua New Guinea must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. The most common and preferred travel document is a passport, but other types of travel documents may be accepted.

Yes. You must hold a visa to visit Papua New Guinea.

Depending on your reason for travel, if you are from an eligible country, you may be issued a visa when you arrive in Papua New Guinea.

If you are not from an eligible country or your reason for travel is not consistent with the issuance of a visa on arrival, you must apply and be issued a visa before you travel to Papua New Guinea.

To travel to Papua New Guinea your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from the date you intend to enter the country.