U.S. Embassy Consular Update – December

The U.S. Embassy would like to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season! Please note that while the Embassy will be closed on December 25 and 26, we will be open for regular business hours the rest of the month. And of course we are always available in the case of an emergency.

PNG Travel Update

Spread the word among your friends and relatives coming to visit you this holiday season! PNG Immigration has introduced a new on-line visa service, where you can also pay any required fees on-line. No more waiting in line or having to mail off your passport for weeks at a time. To access the website, please visit the following websites:

The eVisa is available through www.ICA.gov.pg

or directly at https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa/account/Apply

Please make sure you access the “new” webpage of PNG Immigration, as the old site is now obsolete.

Also – please note that PNG will resume their Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) program for citizens of the United States (and many other countries) starting on December 1, 2018. This program was suspended temporarily in November for APEC. However, PNG Immigration suggests that travelers still apply for their visa on-line at the new eVisa site, so you are sure to have your visa before you arrive and can skip the long line for VoA applicants

Holiday Season Alert

Historically, worldwide crime rates pick up during the holiday season and Port Moresby (as well as other major cities) is no exception. This increase in crime is often accompanied by an increase in criminal brazenness. Criminals will tend to commit riskier crimes for a perceived higher value item.

Personal security begins and ends with each individual. Good situational awareness significantly reduces becoming a victim of a crime. Please consider some of these helpful tips in making your season a safe one:

  • Make sure to use your alarms (home and vehicle) consistently.
  • When you drive, make sure all windows are up and doors locked.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and any circumstance that may appear concerning.
  • Don’t carry anything with you that you’re not prepared to lose.
  • At home, lock your doors and store valuables in a safe space.
  • Do not expose cash or wear expensive jewelry while out making holiday purchases.
  • Frequently check your vehicle mirrors and your surroundings while driving.
  • When your vehicle is parked, make sure all packages or items are concealed.
  • Do help your neighbor. If you see something suspicious happening to your neighbor’s house, contact your local security force or the police immediately.
  • When returning to your vehicle, keep your hands as free as possible and your car key at the ready.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, but please contact the Consular Section (during normal working hours) or the American Citizen Duty Officer (after hours) if you are in need of assistance.

Upcoming Consular Services

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce our next visit to the Highlands for consular related services. A consular officer will be visiting the following locations:

  • The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) on Monday, January 21 in Ukarumpa
  • The New Tribes Mission (NTM) on Tuesday, January 22 in Lapilo (near Goroka)

Please contact NTM or SIL directly to reserve an appointment time:

NTM: personnel@ntmpng.org – (+675) 7999-0719

 SIL: hr-recruiting@sil.org.pg – (+675) 537-3544 ext. 4603   or   (+675) 7217-0330 ext. 4603

The consular officer will be available to provide basic consular services such as accepting Consular Reports of Birth Abroad applications, U.S. passport applications, and Social Security applications.

Consular Service Fees are as follow:

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad – $100.00 USD
  • Minor Passport – $115.00 USD
  • First Time Adult or Lost/Stolen Passport – $145.00 USD
  • Adult passport Renewal – $110.00 USD
  • Notarial Services (per signature) – $50.00 USD

We can only accept fee payments in the form of a bank draft in U.S. dollars, drawn on a commercial bank made payable to “U.S. Embassy”. We are unable to accept personal or company checks, cash or credit cards during outreach trips.

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.