A Papua New Guinea business visa is a travel permit issued to visitors coming to Papua New Guinea on business. This visa is for short-term visits to the island. Several business activities warrant the issue of this visa, and we explain some of them below.
Purchase goods or services: You may order this visa if you intend to visit the island to purchase goods or services.
Sell goods or services: The government allows importing items or services not produced on the island. If you are an importer or a service provider, you may visit Papua New Guinea on a business visa to market your products or services.
Support Infrastructural Project: If you wish to support an ongoing infrastructural project on the island already approved by the government.
Transact Business: Visitors can enter PNG to transact business with a company's authorized representative or an individual.
This visa has flexible features which allow the holder of the visa to visit for any reason as long as it is for commercial activities.
Types of Papua New Guinea Business Visa
There are two types of Papua New Guinea business visas issued to visitors, and we review them below.
Short Term Single Entry Visa: One is the short-term single entry visa that can only be used for single trips. Once a visitor enters the island with this visa, it cannot be used a second time. To re-enter, the visitor will have to apply for a new visa.
Short Term Multiple Entry Visa: The other is a multiple entry visa for multiple visits. Holders of this visa can visit PNG several times a year if their visas are valid and are best for frequent visitors. If you plan to visit PNG several times a year, you should apply for a multiple entry visa rather than the single entry visa.
Can Dependents Of Business Visitors Enter Papua New Guinea?
The authorities allow dependents of tourist visa holders to apply for visas on arrival at Port Moresby airports, but the same privilege is not accorded to business visitors.
Business Visa Criteria
Before applying for this visa, make sure you are aware of the criteria. Only those who meet the following criteria will be issued the visa
The applicant must have genuine business interests in Papua New Guinea
The applicant must not plan to stay on the island beyond their visa validity
The applicant must have valid documents to support their application.
Depending on your situation, the authorities may request a special document called an ICA to support your application.
Papua New Guinea Business Visa Validity
This visa is only valid for 30 days as a single entry and up to one year as a multiple entry visa.
How To Apply For The Business Visa
You can apply for the visa by submitting your documents via an electronic application portal. However, citizens of selected countries eligible for a visa on arrival may apply for it once they arrive at Port Moresby airport.
You can visit VisaHQ to submit this application in a few steps
Choose Papua New Guinea as your preferred destination
Choose your country
Select business visa
Fill out the application form
Scan and upload all necessary travel documents
Pay the visa fee
Submit for approval
Approved visas will be forwarded to the applicant's email address.
The authorities may extend your visa if you have real cause to remain on the island for much longer. Extensions depend on several factors, such as the nature of the visitor's activities, the length of extra days required, and other factors. Extension approval is at the discretion of the PNG authorities.
Business Visa Application Fee
The application fee for a PMG business visa is not standard but changes from time to time. If you wish to apply for this visa, check the current fee at the time and pay it using your credit or debit card.
Papua New Guinea Business Visa Requirements
Completed visa application form duly signed with all sections completed
Original passport with a minimum of six months validity
One passport photograph
A copy of the two-way flight ticket
Business letter issued by the visitor's employer where applicable
An invitation letter issued by a company in Papua New Guinea, where applicable
Proof of funds
Other supporting documents may be required, but these documents are the basic ones all applicants must submit.
Finally, all holders of a Papua New Guinea business visa are advised to depart the island on the day their visa expires if they are unable to depart before then. Visitors who are found to have overstayed will be fined for each day they have stayed on the island with an expired visa.