Based on PNG’s one visa policy, PNG may not grant pre-clearance approval if you already hold a PNG visa. You ABTC application may be declined if your visa is a long term visa such as an employment of a Permanent Residence visa. Your application will be placed on hold until you advise this Authority to grant approval on your application. PNG’s pre-clearance approval of your ABTC will automatically cancel any other PNG Visa you hold making it invalid for travel.
** NB: This Authority will request an interim card on your behalf if advised accordingly on the application form (page 4 Part C where you indicate the 5 Economies)
Please click on the link below to view information on ABTC lanes arrangement at airports, length of stay granted to APEC Cardholders are average foreign pre-clearance processing time.
There are currently twenty one (21) member economies participating in the ABTC Scheme, including, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Canada and USA are currently transitional members of the scheme, which allow cardholders from all participating economies to use ‘fast track’ immigration lanes at major international airports.
The requirements for a new ABTC application are:
All ABTC applications must be lodged at the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority Head Office, Central Government Office, Waigani during our counter service hours which are from 8:30 – 12 Noon, Monday to Friday.
As eligibility criteria and people’s circumstances change over time there is no facility for cardholders to renew their APEC Business Travel Card. Instead, all applications are treated as new applications. As such, you will be required to submit a new application with the following requirements:
If your card is lost/misplaced/damaged, please ensure to immediately report the matter to this Authority to facilitate for a replacement card. To apply for a new card we will require the following:
ABTC Business Process
Current PNG ABAC representatives are:
1. Mr David Toua
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Steamships Trading Company Limited
2. Mr Isikell Taureka
Executive Vice President PNG
Inter Oil Limited
3. Sir Kostas G. Constantinou, OBE
Lamana Development Limited
Should you wish to apply for the card you need to be:-
The business community with the APEC region to represent by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).
This is because at the time you lodged your application, your passport had less than the 5 years validity remaining. Some member economies will also set your pre-clearance to expire on the same date as your passport.