U.S. Embassy Consular Update – April 2019

Foreign Service Officer Test

The U.S. Embassy is happy to announce that we will be offering the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) here in Papua New Guinea! The testing date will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Embassy here in Port Moresby.

The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, who want to make a contribution to our global society. If you have the desire to live and work in any country in the world, including those with unstable governments or infrastructures – or both – and have the ability to integrate into culturally diverse environments, we have an opportunity for you

To be eligible, the U.S. Department of State requires that each candidate be:

  • A U.S. citizen on the date the candidate submits the registration package
  • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day the candidate submits the registration
  • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day the candidate is appointed as a Foreign Service Officer
  • Available for worldwide assignments, including Washington, D.C

Registration is open to all qualified candidates and starts on May 01, 2019. Please check out all the information at the following websites:

Reminder – Non-Immigrant Visa Fee Changes for PNG

This doesn’t affect U.S. Citizens, but please spread the word among your PNG friends and colleagues.

Effective March 4, 2019, the following visa reciprocity schedule for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories for Papua New Guinea citizens came into effect.  These changes increased the fee and/or decreased the validity for the visa categories below, and are commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Papua New Guinea on U.S. citizens.  Former reciprocity fees/validities are in parentheses.


Visa Class Total Fee (USD) Entries Validity
B1/B2 (Short-term Business/Tourist) $160 Single 1 Month (3 Months)
B1/B2 (Long-term Business/ Tourist) $323 ($175) Multiple 12 Months


The visa validity date starts on the date of the interview at the Embassy. Thus, if travelers apply for the 1-month visa, they should plan on arriving in the U.S. within 30 days of the interview date. Please book your interview appointment accordingly.

More information on the visa process and online applications can be found on the U.S. Embassy website at https://pg.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism-visitor/how-to-apply/

Please note that fees are only paid to the U.S. Embassy at the time of the interview. Applicants should never pay a “service fee” to an online visa broker prior to the interview. Fees can be paid in cash either in PGK or USD – we do not currently accept credit card payments for these services.

Stay In Touch

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in our Consular district (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands or Vanuatu) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov to receive the latest security updates.  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in case of an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or consular agency.

Stay up-to-date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information and follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.

You can obtain updated information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is located on Douglas Street, National Capital District and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 675-321-1455 or 675-321-0289.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is 675-7200-9439.

For any other questions, please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov