Nationals of countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), including Russia, will now be able to obtain an eVisa to visit Papua New Guinea. This takes to 70 the number of countries whose citizens are eligible for the Papua New Guinea electronic visa.
Those wishing to process this Papua New Guinea eVisa will need to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival. The visa will grant the holder a single-entry for a stay of up to 30 days. They will also need a credit or debit card to pay the fee of the electronic visa.
World visa information reveals that electronic visas are becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting tourism and better controlling visitor influx. As the application can be made online, this eliminates the need for a visit to a consulate or embassy. In the past Russians wishing to visit Papua New Guinea had to contact the Australian embassy to check the country’s visa requirements and process their visa, as Papua New Guinea did not have and does not currently have diplomatic representation in Russia.
The eVisa announcement comes a year after Papua New Guinea played host to APEC’s most important event. In 2018, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held its annual summit in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby. This was the first time that the country had hosted the summit. APEC seeks to promote free trade and improved relations between the member countries, and facilitating travel is seen as a part of this.
At the previous APEC summit in 2017, held in Vietnam, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said of Papua New Guinea,“We appreciate our bilateral relations. We particularly support our interaction in the economy, the fishing industry, the humanitarian sphere, and education.”
A further example could be seen in May 2019 at a meeting organized by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, together with private sector partners. The meeting was titled “Russia-Papua New Guinea: Perspectives of Cooperation” and sought to herald a new phase in relations between the two countries.
Electronic visa systems make the visa application process easier, electronic visas are also a great way for countries to give their tourism industry a boost. Tourism is still just a fledgling sector in Papua New Guinea, but one which the government is hoping to boost. The country attracted 184,000 visitors in 2015 and the number is expected to grow in the coming years.
Papua New Guinea has a rich and unique culture (over 800 languages are spoken) and exotic and varied wildlife and plant life. It is also an excellent destination for fishing, surfing, and hiking.
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