Phone: (675) 327-6100

Contact Details

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

 (675) 327 6100


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 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.


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.