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


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 19 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,Russia, 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 and ABTC FAQ's