Joint Public Notice - PNGICA & DLIR

The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) jointly announce the temporary closure of the Foreign Employment Division from DLIR that is responsible for issuance of Work Permit.

The Closure of the office commencing on the 19th of November 2021 would allow for the physical relocation of Staff, Assets and Work Permit system from DLIR to PNG Immigration Headquarters in Waigani.

The Work Permit function will reopen beginning 12 January 2022.

All Work Permit applications shall be lodged at the Immigration Client Service Counters inside Central Government Office (CGO).

This is part of the Government's vision to merger Visa and Work Permit and to create a one-stop-shop and limit unnecessary bureaucratic red-tapes and improves the ease of doing business in the country.

Applying for a PNG Passport


Where To Apply:

Applicants in Port Moresby should lodge their application for a PNG Passport at ICA's head office, Central Government Office, Waigani.

Applicants outside Port Moresby should send postal applications to:

PNG Passports Branch
P.O. Box 1790

Note: A separate application must be completed by each person.


The fee for a Passport is K100. This must be paid at your nearest cash office and a receipt there of must be attached to your application. Please note that additional fees apply for fast processing, or re-issue of lost, stolen or damaged passports. The full list of applicable fees may be found here.

Collection Of Passport:

Agents may not collect Passports on behalf of clients. Your Passport will be forwarded by registered post unless you elect to collect it personally.

Change Of Name: 

If you have changed your name, provide details of all previous names used.

Previous Travel Documents:

You must attach your previous travel document unless it has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

Evidence Of Citizenship:

Your application should be accompanied by evidence of your citizenship. Attachment 'A' on page 4 of the "Application for a PNG Passport" should be completed in this respect. Your birth certificate or Citizenship Certificate, and in the case of married women, your marriage certificate, should be submitted.

Certificate Regarding Applicant:

The certificate on page 3 of the "Application for a PNG Passport" in respect of every application must be completed. The following persons are authorised to furnish this certificate Lawyers, Medical Practitioners, Magistrates, Ministers of Religion, Commissioner of Oaths, Commissioned Officers of the Defence Force and Police Force. The person completing the certificates must have known the applicant for at least three years. It is essential that the person who signed the Certificate Regarding Applicant on page 3 should also endorsed the back of one photograph as follows:

'I certify this to be a genuine photograph of (name in full)', and sign.

Consent Of Parents:

Applicants under 17 years of age must furnish the consent of their parents or legal guardians on Page 2 of the "Application for a PNG Passport" form.


With your application you should submit two recent photographs. These should be head and shoulders only, taken ‘Full Face’ without hat or tinted glasses and with a light coloured background. All photographs should be within the dimensions of 35 mm x 45 mm. It is essential that the person who signed the Certificate Regarding Applicant on page 3 should also endorse at the back of one photograph as follows:

'I certify this to be a genuine photograph of (name in full)', and sign.


The Declaration on page 3 of the "Application for a PNG Passport" form must be signed by the applicant, or in the case of a child unable to sign, by the lodging parent or legal guardian.


  • The applicant must sign both of the small signature labels using a ball-point pen. Please take care to stay within the borders marked.
  • If the applicant is unable to sign, put a line through both of the small signature labels.

Filling in the form:

The form is fillable within Adobe Reader - you can type the details directly into the form and then print it out. To ensure best results, make sure you have the current version of Adobe Reader

If you do not wish to fill the form in online, please ensure the form is printed and completed with a typewriter or with neat, legible writing using black ink.