Citizenship Services

Welcome to the Consular Section of the American Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The American Citizen Services Unit offers a broad range of services to American Citizens in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These duties include: passport services, notarials, registration, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, voting in U.S. elections, various federal benefits and more. In addition, ACS assists U.S. citizens in emergency situations including arrests, deaths, and crisis.

Americans living or traveling abroad to these countries should register with the Embassy. Through registration, the Embassy can more accurately gauge the number and location of American citizens in the event that an emergency situation necessitates the rapid dissemination of vital information.

If an American citizen is involved in a serious accident, in distress, or dies, please call our 24-hour number (675) 7200-9439 and ask for the Duty Officer. The ACS unit is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

For more information about American Citizen Services, please go to the International Travel website of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

What Service Do You Require?

Notarial services are provided to Americans, as well as other citizens for documents that will be used in the United States. The cost for notary seal on a document is $50 USD.

Individuals wishing to have documents notarized should schedule an appointment online and come to the Embassy unit with a passport, driver’s license, identity card or other means of identification.

Please be careful not to sign the document at home or before you present it to the consular officer. You must sign your document in the presence of the consular officer. If the document requires witnesses’ signatures, you need to bring the witnesses with you.

Information on how to obtain a Hague apostille on public documents issued in the United States is available on the Department of State website.

In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you may need to complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. Check with your local Registrar of Voters to determine if you need to reapply each year.

You can always get voting assistance from the embassy or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours:

American Citizens Services are available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00-11:30 am by appointment, but you can drop off your registration card or absentee ballot at the reception desk anytime during regular Embassy business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm).

Normal transit time from Port Moresby to the United States is approximately 14 days.

If you have never voted while overseas before, the process is easy ­– just follow these steps:

Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2016 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2016 elections. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Port Moresby’s Voting Assistance Officer at 675-321-1455, or at ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!

Please contact the U.S. Embassy for the latest list of lawyers available in your particular area. The American Embassy Port Moresby assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons appearing on this list.

The U.S. Government assumes no responsibility for payment of medical or legal expenses for private individuals.

Please contact the U.S. Embassy for the latest list of health and medical service providers available in your particular area. The American Embassy Port Moresby assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons appearing on this list.

The U.S. Government assumes no responsibility for payment of medical or legal expenses for private individuals.