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Important Visa Information

Payment Methods & Details

You will pay the appropriate visa fee at the Embassy at the beginning of your appointment. Please note we do not accept credit cards for visa fee payments; you must bring cash or a bank/cashier check (no personal checks). Fees can be paid in U.S. dollars or Papua New Guinea kina.

The current cost of a B1/B2 tourist visa is $160 U.S. dollars (PGK576).

Note: PNG nationals applying for a B1/B2 tourist visa normally receive a visa valid for one month, single entry. If PNG nationals want a 12-month, multiple-entry visa, you must pay an additional reciprocity fee (currently USD$163/PGK587).  Details about reciprocity fees for Papua New Guinea citizens can be found here.

Appointments

After completing the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) form, you must make an appointment at this link: https://evisaforms.state.gov/Instructions/SchedulingSystem.asp.

Please note that an in-person interview is required for all first-time visa applicants between age 14 and 79 years old. 

Additionally, some visas can be issued or renewed by mail, in certain circumstances. Please review the information in the Apply/Renew by Mail section for details. Applicants in Solomon Islands or Vanuatu should review this information to see if they qualify for visa application or renewal by mail.

Apply/Renew by Mail

The following applicants may apply for or renew a visa by mail:

  • Travelers age 80 or over with no prior refusals within the last two years; or,
  • Children under the age of 14; or,
  • Renewing a prior visa: applicants whose personal data has not changed, who can provide the passport with a previous U.S. visa, and who meet all of the following conditions:
    • Received a visa after August 30, 2007 and had their fingerprints scanned; and,
    • Are applying for a visa in the same category as the previous visa; and,
    • Are applying for the new visa within 48 months of the expiration date of the old visa; and,
    • Are applying at the consular post of their usual residence or the post designated for their nationality. (For applicants residing in Vanuatu or Solomon Islands, this is the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.)

Please note that the visa fee can only be paid at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby in cash or with bank/cashier’s check. As a result, if you reside elsewhere in Papua New Guinea, or in Solomon Islands or Vanuatu, you must have a friend/representative come to the Embassy to pay the visa fee on your behalf. Further, you must submit your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, and photo to the Embassy (your friend/representative may deliver these on your behalf when the visa fee payment is made).

The Embassy recommends using an express courier service with tracking capability, such as DHL, for submitting your documents.

The Embassy’s mailing address is:

U.S. Embassy / Consular Section
Douglas Street
Port Moresby, NCD
Papua New Guinea

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Reasonable Accomodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.

Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The Consular Section has two computer terminals available in our lobby if you need to use them to complete and submit your visa application.