Reactivation of Visa on Arrival for Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)

22 Nov 2022


“The reactivating of the visa on arrival functions for the MSG countries is an important achievement for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) and helps to restore international travel arrangements to pre-pandemic settings,” Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister for Labour and Immigration, Hon. John Rosso, said. The Melanesian Spearhead Group is an alliance of Melanesian countries. PNG shares close personal and business ties with its Melanesian neighbours and bringing back the reciprocal visa on arrival arrangements with the MSG has been a priority for the ICA.

“Today, PNG reactivates its reciprocal visa on arrival arrangements allowing travellers from countries within the Melanesian Spearhead Group including the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia to enjoy streamlined travel to PNG,” Minister Rosso said.
PNG’s Chief Migration Officer Stanis Hulahau said: ‘‘These arrangements will help to reunite families, facilitate business engagements, and build tourism opportunities throughout Melanesia.”

At this time, visa on arrival only applies to passport holders of countries within the Melanesian Spearhead Group and will remove the need for those passport holders to apply for a visa before travelling to PNG.

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