In brief: Papua New Guinea to issue visas on arrival from next year for Australian tourists, but not business people, and other business stories

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Visas on arrival to be available for Australian tourists, Morobe Governor to suspend trading licences for shops using street vendors, and corruption cases net K25 million for government coffers. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Papua New Guinea ban on visas on arrival for Australians starts 1 March

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The ban on visas on arrival for Australians entering Papua New Guinea comes into effect on Saturday 1 March, making it harder for Australians to enter PNG now than for many other countries.

Banning visas on arrival to Papua New Guinea will affect business, says poll

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The O’Neill Government’s recent decision to cease visas on arrival for Australian citizens entering Papua New Guinea will have an impact on business, according to a Business Advantage PNG poll.

Cautious reaction to proposed ban on visas on arrival

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Business groups have reacted cautiously to the O’Neill government’s plans to scrap visas on arrival for Australian citizens.

In brief: Four new mining projects in the offing, Corruption Commission next year and other stories

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Four new mines to come on stream within 10 years, Corruption Commission next year and other local and regional stories.

Papua New Guineas can now apply for Aussie visas online

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Papua New Guinea citizens can now apply for visas to visit Australia online, part of a slow but steady improvement in immigration procedures between the two countries.

Online visa applications ‘in a number of weeks’: Gillard

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Papua New Guinea citizens will soon find it easier to travel to Australia, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard said PNG would join its online visa scheme and the process for obtaining five-year multiple entry visas would be eased. Gillard visited Papua New Guinea last week, meeting with PNG’s Government, the Opposition Leader Belden Namah and […]

Around the world: Sri Lanka praises PNG/Visa talks with Gillard/3rd palm oil investor/Takeover Oil Search/Disruptive technologies

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Sri Lanka praises PNG for not criticising CHOGM venue, PNG’s PM to raise visa issue with Gillard later this week, a 3rd Malaysian company considers investing in PNG’s palm oil industry, a call for Woodside to take over Oil Search and what on earth are ‘disruptive technologies’?

Around the world: PNG elections questioned – cricket – Kimbe adrenalin – visa charges

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PNG’s national elections questioned, PNG cricketers to play in Australia, Kimbe Bay on the adrenalin list and much more from around the world.

Papua New Guinea visa/work permit update

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Australian government announcement raises hopes of reducing PNG red tape Last November, the Australian government announced a radical overhaul of visa processing for Papua New Guineans visiting Australia, including the introduction of a special electronic visa arrangement. The move, to be implemented in the middle of this year, was welcomed by the Australian Papua New Guinea Business […]