Renew PNG Passport: What To Do and Documents Needed Attaching

Many statutory bodies, including the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority (ICSA), demand the need to show the National Identification (NID) card or the *new* Birth Certificate. There is, however, a real difficulty getting the card or the certificate to produce as evidence of citizenship at present. The delay can frustrate attempts to obtain a new passport too.

I had read the information on the ICSA website regarding passports applications. And, at first, found it confusing especially *renewing* passport. I assumed that since certain requirements changed, my *old* birth certificate was now invalid. I would have to go through the whole process of getting a new birth certificate or NID card. Fortunately, this was not the case.

In fact, it was easy and straightforward because I had already got my passport to present as the evidence of citizenship. So, I thought I should share my experience to help others wanting to *renew* their passports.

As implied earlier, while fearing my application was likely to have the wrong attachments (and hence renewal delayed), I made several trips to the ICSA office at Waigani, Port Moresby, to get some answers. 

Here is what I found out. Hope it helps...

Hong Kong Central - PNG passport holders get Visa On Arrival

Q1. When to submit passport for renewal/extension of the expiry date

Submit the application 6 months before the due date. For example, for a passport that expires on the 6th of December 2018 the holder should submit their application after the 6th of June 2018. 
This is important because those wanting to travel out of the country will have to have at least 6 months validity in their passports (same as travelling into the country)
Q2. What to do to renew an adult passport
  • Passport -  You do not need a National Identification card or birth certificate. Your evidence of citizenship is the existing passport. (If you are applying for a *new* passport, you are required to produce the NID card.)
  • Passport photos - two passport photos must be signed and stamped by *a* legal/authorised person.
  • Section 13 of the passport application form  must be signed and stamped by *the* legal/authorised person.
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favorably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned a travel in advance. 
  • Processing Fee - pay (see processing fees below) at the Vulupindi Haus and attach the receipt.
Q3. What to do to renew a Child passport
  • Passport -  same as above
  • Passport photos - same as above
  • Section 13 of the passport application form - same as above
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favorably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned a travel.
  • Processing Fee - same as above
Additional documents
  • Birth Certificate - attach the child's birth certificate whether you child is born overseas or in PNG.
  • Parents Passport bio page - attach copy of both mother and father's (or legal guardian) passport bio page.
  • Section 9 (parents/legal guardians' consent) is completed as required
For the applicants wanting to get a new passport, please refer to the Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority website. More information and downloadable forms can be found here.

Top tip. Make sure you have followed all the instructions on PAGE 1 of the passport application form. If you are still in doubt, take your application to the ICSA office. Cross-check with the staff at the office. Finalise your application properly before submitting.

Processing Fee

  • Normal processing fee is K100. It takes 15 working days (3 weeks) to process the application. You can pay K300 to fast-track your application. It only takes 2 days to process the application if you pay K200 more.


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Admin said...

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g.s said...

This actually really helped me. Thank you so much!

PNG Insight said...

I'm glad you find it useful.

Donald_mandresbaga said...

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Catherine said...


Admin said...

Thank you for that. Glad you find it useful. It's based on my personal experience a few years ago, at the time of this article.
Please, call or confirm with the Immigration office the required docs before resubmitting.

Unknown said...

Not much said about renewals so I appreciate the information you provided. Definitely helpful, thanks.