7 Mar 2016

Nauru further tightens visa restrictions

7:13 pm on 7 March 2016
Clampdown on whistleblowers of Nauru and Manus camps

Clampdown on whistleblowers of Nauru and Manus camps Photo: Supplied

Australians and New Zealanders will now need sponsorship from a Nauru citizen if they want to visit the Pacific nation.

The ABC has reported that under the law change, a Nauru citizen will be responsible for the visitor when they are in the country , including any breaches of the visa restrictions.

Punishment includes a hefty fine and imprisonment for up to a year.

Last month the Nauru government pulled a number of people preparing to fly from Brisbane to Nauru off the flight, claiming journalists had been entering the country illegally.

While the Nauru government promotes the island as a haven of peace and harmony journalists have effectively been banned for more than two years after a non-refundable US5000 dollar visa application fee was imposed on them.