My visa for Papua New Guinea arrived this morning. Unlike, say, getting into China, the PNG immigration process is quite straightforward. I visited China last year to stay with a friend and from memory had to submit his name, address, occupation, a photocopy of his passport and his visa, and arrange for one of his children to be left as a deposit against us doing anything naughty while we were there…
So keen were they to encourage immigration that the Chinese Embassy had gone so far as to employ a private security guard with a moustache and a a rude way of refusing entry to those who didn’t have the required documents
“Your plane leaves tomorrow? Not my fault mate, you should have got it sorted.”
Of a queue of about 30, I was the only one who got through.
No such problems with PNG. A quick form, two passport photos and a postal order for £12 and you’re sorted. They got it back to me in less than a week.