Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change


passportMy visa for Papua New Guinea arrived this morning. Unlike, say, getting into China, the PNG immigration process is quite straightforward. I visited China last year to stay with a friend and from memory had to submit his name, address, occupation, a photocopy of his passport and his visa, and arrange for one of his children to be left as a deposit against us doing anything naughty while we were there…

So keen were they to encourage immigration that the Chinese Embassy had gone so far as to employ a private security guard with a moustache and a a rude way of refusing entry to those who didn’t have the required documents 

“Your plane leaves tomorrow? Not my fault mate, you should have got it sorted.”

Of a queue of about 30, I was the only one who got through.

No such problems with PNG. A quick form, two passport photos and a postal order for £12 and you’re sorted. They got it back to me in less than a week.


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