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Phone: (675) 323-1500


Contact Details

The Chief Migration Officer
PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority
P. O. Box 1790
BOROKO
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea 

Tel: (675) 323-1500 
Fax: (675) 325-5206 

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APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

 Benefits for cardholders

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) cuts though the red tape of business travel, and gives accredited business people pre-cleared entry to participating APEC economies. Card holders enjoy: 

  • Fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major airports, and multiple short term entry to these economies for a minimum of 59 days stay each visit.
  • No need to individually apply for visas or entry permits each time you travel to any of the participating APEC economies as the card is your visa.
  • Cards are valid for three years from first issue.

Why the card was developed

The APEC Business Travel Card was developed in response to the need for business people to gain streamlined entry to the economies of the Asia-Pacific region. This enables business people to explore new business opportunities, attend meetings and conduct trade and investment activities.

Participating Economies

There are 20 economies currently participating in the ABTC Scheme: Australia, Brunei-Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. The United States of America and Canada are currently Transitional Member of the scheme.

Who is eligible?

To apply for the card, you need to be a business person who:

  • Is a passport holder of a participating economy i.e. citizen (or a Hong Kong permanent resident with any valid travel document); 
  • Travels regularly to conduct trade and investment activities in the APEC region; and
  • Has not been convicted of a criminal offence.

Some economies require additional information and may impose additional eligibility criteria. Refer to your home economy for information and the application form.

See also: APEC Website

Application for APEC Business Travel Card by PNG Citizens

Just as applications by businesspersons from participating economies will be transmitted to PNG for approval, applications from PNG businesspersons will have to be transmitted to respective economies for their approval.

To facilitate movement and entry by PNG businesspersons into participating economies, procedures, requirements and migration service fees have been designed consistent with standards in the APEC Business Card Operating Framework.

Dependents

Dependents of PNG APEC Business Travel Card holders will not be eligible for such cards and will be required to comply with entry requirements of the country they wish to visit.

Validity

PNG citizen APEC Business Travel Card will be valid for two years in the initial instance but may NOT be issued for a period longer than the validity of the PNG passport. Once the initial cycle of cards is re-issued it is proposed that they will be valid for a period of three yeas, subject to passport validity, in keeping with the APEC Business Travel Card operating framework.

The APEC Business Travel Card Application Form, passport and supporting documents including a supporting letter from the relevant approved business organisation must be lodged at the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority head office, Waigani.

The Applicant must be:

  1. a PNG citizen and the holder of a valid PNG passport;
  2. of good character and is not the subject of criminal charges or court proceedings within PNG;
  3. a bonafide business person engaged in the trade of goods, the provision of service or the conduct of investment activities; and
  4. endorsed by an approved business organisation OR the applicant is a PNG Government Minister or senior official or an official actively engaged in APEC business.

APEC Business Travel Cards will not be granted to a business person’s or an official’s or Minister’s dependent spouse and children, persons who wish to engage in paid employment or a working holiday, professional athletes, news correspondents, entertainers, musicians, artists or persons engaged in similar occupations.

How to Apply (PNG Applicants)

  1. Complete the Application for APEC Business Travel Card.
  2. Pay the Migration Service Fee of K400 and attach the official receipt to the application.
  3. Provide documentary evidence as follows:
  • Supporting letter from approved business organisation
  • IPA Registration documents (where applicable)
  • Attach current, valid passport
  • Attach two recent passport sized photos

Approved business organisations for PNG citizen applicants are:

  • PNG Business Council;
  • PNG Chamber of Commerce;
  • PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum;
  • PNG Fisheries Association;and 
  • PNG Forestry Association;


Where to Apply

All APEC Business Travel Card Applications must be logged at the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority head office, Moale Haus, Waigani marked for the attention of the APEC section.

APEC Business Travel Card Pre-Clearance Online Status Checker
 
PNG Citizens who wish to check the current status of their ABTC applications with other member economies may enquire online.
 

The online status checker is automatically uploads as soon as an economy gives its pre-clearance.

Renewal and Replacement of Cards (PNG)

PNG Cardholders must re-apply for a new card two months before expiry with all the necessary documentation.

Migration Service Fee for renewal is K300.00

Replacement cards will be issued if the Cardholder’s details change (including passport details) or when a card is lost. Appropriate documentation such as Police report will be required if stolen.

Migration Service Fees for replacement card is K300.00

Procedures for Non PNG Citizens

Procedures for Non PNG Citizens Seeking APEC Business Entry Permit

For passport holders of economies participating in the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme.

Current participants in the APEC Business Card Travel scheme are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Entry procedures for processing APEC Business Travel Card foreign passport holders:

  1. The applicant is not a PNG citizen and is the holder of a foreign valid passport issued by a participating economy and a valid APEC Business Travel Card 
  2. Foreign APEC business travel card holders can enter and exit PNG only through the international entry port at Jackson’s Airport, Port Moresby PNG.
  3. The applicant must present the valid foreign passport and valid APEC business travel card at the designated immigration processing line at Jackson’s International Airport.
  4. An officer after examining the passport and APEC Business travel Card and being satisfied that they are valid documents will then orally advise the applicant that an APEC Business entry permit for business purposes has been granted and is valid for 60 days from the date of entry. The officer then will use the normal wet stamp to stamp the entry date in the passport and record the entry in the movement data base.


Dependents

Dependents of APEC Business Travel Card holders can apply for tourist entry permits at PNG Diplomatic missions or upon arrival in PNG.

Validity

The APEC Business card holder entry permit is valid while the holder’s passport and Business card remain valid and is good for multiple entries for a stay of up to 60 days.

Holders of APEC Business Travel Cards issued by their Governments who reside in PNG under another entry permit must comply with normal stay requirements under the respective Acts of PNG.

Extension of Stay

No extensions of stay are permitted. Foreign Business persons who overstay will be reported to their respective Government and banned from returning to PNG.

Where to Apply

Foreign nationals from APEC participating economies must apply in their country of residence for an APEC Business Travel Card.

An application for entry into PNG using the APEC Business Travel Card issued by the respective participating economy will be electronically transmitted by the participating economy through the APEC dedicated network to the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority and will be deemed to be an application for an entry permit.

A decision on whether the application has been approved or denied will be transmitted back to the applicant’s participating economy. The participating economy will advise the foreign national of the decision.

It is to be noted that the applicant would have undergone various security and character checks and their application vetted by an approved authority in their respective economies, therefore are bonafide business persons.

Migration Service Fees

a) Foreign Business Persons  - Nil fees to be paid to PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.

APEC has decided that participating economies will only charge fees on their applicants only.