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Papua New Guinea travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

Published on 22.07.2020
Air Niugini cancels Chuuk / Pohnpei service resumption from Sep 2020

Published on 10.07.2020
Air Niugini July/August 2020 International operations as of 09JUL20

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Open for travel from Papua New Guinea
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Papua New Guinea.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers provided they are entering Papua New Guinea through Jacksons International Airport (POM):
    • Government officials, diplomatic staff and staff of international organisations,
    • Employees of approved organisations or business,
    • Passengers who have obtained a written approval issued by the Emergency Controller.
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Flight Restrictions

published 21.07.2020
1. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with a State of Emergency (SOE) controller approval.
2. Passengers can only land at Port Moresby (POM).
3. Residents of Papua New Guinea must depart from Brisbane (BNS), Cairns (CNS) or Singapore.
4. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure.
5. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Travellers entering Papua New Guinea (PNG) must be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their date of arrival. If the traveller stays for 7 days in Queensland, Australia, before entering PNG, that person may stay 7 days in quarantine, rather than the full 14 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

You need an exemption to enter PNG and a negative Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result for COVID-19. You need to undertake this test within a 14-day period prior to your flight – see the PNG Government’s COVID-19 website for more information.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited
through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country below 1800
m. P. vivax resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Papua New Guinea Government to lift COVID-19 lockdown starting 12 August amid surge in infections (Reuters, 10.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 7 day period prior to arrival. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by emailing COVID-19 admin logistics [covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg]. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Subject to written approval of the Controller, the period of self-isolation in Port Moresby may be reduced to 7 days if the individual has spent the past 7 days prior to arrival in Queensland, Australia. Details of the measures in place for international travel can be found on the official PNG government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/files/National%20Pandemic%20Measures/New%20Measures%2015072020/NationalMeasureNo.2-International%20Travel%20Measures-15.07.20.pdf].
    You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation, negative COVID-19 test and approved exemptions to be allowed to board a flight to Papua New Guinea. There is a ban on cruise ships and traditional land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and traditional sea crossings from Australia, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.
    Domestic airline travellers within Papua New Guinea need to complete an Air Passenger Travel Form [https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/APTF-Version-3.1-28-Apr-20.pdf] prior to travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    PNG’s response to COVID-19 is governed by the National Pandemic Act, which was invoked on 17 June 2020. The latest information can be found on the official Papua New Guinea Government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/]. The two week lockdown in Port Moresby ended on 12 August. Bougainville government extends state of emergency through 1 September.

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    17.08.2020
  • Papua New Guinea Government to lift COVID-19 lockdown starting 12 August amid surge in infections (Reuters, 10.08.2020) Domestic flights out of Port Moresby will also be suspended for 14 days; international flights limited to local carriers to Brisbane and Cairns (Xinhua, 28.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 7 day period prior to arrival. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by emailing COVID-19 admin logistics [covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg]. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Subject to written approval of the Controller, the period of self-isolation in Port Moresby may be reduced to 7 days if the individual has spent the past 7 days prior to arrival in Queensland, Australia. Details of the measures in place for international travel can be found on the official PNG government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/files/National%20Pandemic%20Measures/New%20Measures%2015072020/NationalMeasureNo.2-International%20Travel%20Measures-15.07.20.pdf].
    You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation, negative COVID-19 test and approved exemptions to be allowed to board a flight to Papua New Guinea. There is a ban on cruise ships and traditional land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and traditional sea crossings from Australia, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.
    Domestic airline travellers within Papua New Guinea need to complete an Air Passenger Travel Form [https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/APTF-Version-3.1-28-Apr-20.pdf] prior to travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    PNG’s response to COVID-19 is governed by the National Pandemic Act, which was invoked on 17 June 2020. The latest information can be found on the official Papua New Guinea Government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/]. The two week lockdown in Port Moresby will end on 12 August.

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    11.08.2020
  • Papua New Guinea The capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Port Moresby, has been placed in a 14-day lockdown as of Tuesday 28 July, with only essential businesses to operate to help stop rapidly rising COVID-19 cases. Domestic flights out of Port Moresby will also be suspended for 14 days, while international flights will be limited to the Australian cities of Brisbane and Cairns and only operated by local carriers. (Xinhua, 28.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 7 day period prior to arrival. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by emailing COVID-19 admin logistics [covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg]. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Subject to written approval of the Controller, the period of self-isolation in Port Moresby may be reduced to 7 days if the individual has spent the past 7 days prior to arrival in Queensland, Australia. Details of the measures in place for international travel can be found on the official PNG government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/files/National%20Pandemic%20Measures/New%20Measures%2015072020/NationalMeasureNo.2-International%20Travel%20Measures-15.07.20.pdf].
    You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation, negative COVID-19 test and approved exemptions to be allowed to board a flight to Papua New Guinea. There is a ban on cruise ships and traditional land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and traditional sea crossings from Australia, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.
    Domestic airline travellers within Papua New Guinea need to complete an Air Passenger Travel Form [https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/APTF-Version-3.1-28-Apr-20.pdf] prior to travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    PNG’s response to COVID-19 is governed by the National Pandemic Act, which was invoked on 17 June 2020. The latest information can be found on the official Papua New Guinea Government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    28.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 7 day period prior to arrival. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by emailing COVID-19 admin logistics [covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg]. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Subject to written approval of the Controller, the period of self-isolation in Port Moresby may be reduced to 7 days if the individual has spent the past 7 days prior to arrival in Queensland, Australia. Details of the measures in place for international travel can be found on the official PNG government COVID-19 website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/files/National%20Pandemic%20Measures/New%20Measures%2015072020/NationalMeasureNo.2-International%20Travel%20Measures-15.07.20.pdf].
    You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation, negative COVID-19 test and approved exemptions to be allowed to board a flight to Papua New Guinea. There is a ban on cruise ships and traditional land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and traditional sea crossings from Australia, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.
    Domestic airline travellers within Papua New Guinea need to complete an Air Passenger Travel Form [https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/APTF-Version-3.1-28-Apr-20.pdf] prior to travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    PNG’s response to COVID-19 is governed by the National Pandemic Act, which was invoked on 17 June 2020. The latest information can be found on the official Papua New Guinea Government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    17.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited. Visitors wanting to enter Papua New Guinea will need to have been tested for COVID-19 within a 14 day period from their date of arrival to be permitted to board a flight. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by contacting COVID-19 admin logistics. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days.You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation and approved exemption to purchase a flight ticket. There is a ban on cruise ships and leisure yachts with more than fifteen people on board, on land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and on sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and Bougainville. Domestic airline travellers within Papua New Guinea need to complete an Air Passenger Travel Form [https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/APTF-Version-3.1-28-Apr-20.pdf] prior to travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    PNG’s response to COVID-19 is governed by the National Pandemic Act, which was invoked on 17 June 2020. The latest information can be found on the official Papua New Guinea Government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    13.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Visitors wanting to enter PNG will need to have been tested for COVID-19 within a 14 day period from their date of arrival to be permitted to board a flight. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by contacting COVID-19 admin logistics. Anyone arriving must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days. Evidence of a hotel reservation and approved exemption to purchase a flight ticket must be shown.
    There is a ban on cruise ships and leisure yachts with more than fifteen people on board, on land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and on sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.
    On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation that extends the previous Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain additional foreign nationals. Under the Proclamation, the Embassy will suspend until December 31, 2020, the issuance of immigrant visas (with the exception of IR1, CR1, IR2, CR2, and adoption-related cases), L and H-1B non-immigrant visas, and certain J non-immigrant visas for au pairs, interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, or summer work and travel participants. The Proclamation is not retroactive, and no valid visas will be revoked under the Proclamation. However, if you have a valid visa and you have been in or transited through the Schengen Zone, the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Iran, and/or Brazil within the last 14 days, you should not travel directly to the United States.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Papua New Guinean authorities have imposed a State of Emergency to limit the spread of the virus. You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation and approved exemption to purchase a flight ticket. There is a ban on cruise ships and leisure yachts with more than fifteen people on board, on land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and on sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.ews and restrictions on public transport and gatherings are in place in some provinces including Western Province and East New Britain. Further information about the measures introduced can be found on the PNG government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    27.06.2020
  • Papua New Guinea 1. Passengers can only land at Port Moresby (POM).
    2. Passengers who reside in Papua New Guinea must depart from Brisbane (BNS), Cairns (CNS) or Singapore.
    3. Passengers must be quarantined for 14 days at designated hotels in Port Moresby.
    4. Passengers and airline crew must obtain State of Emergency (SOE) controller approval to enter.
    5. Passengers need an exemption to enter PNG and a negative Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result for COVID-19.

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    International restrictions:

    A reduced domestic flight schedule has resumed. You should check with your airline that you meet one of the approved travel categories and will need to complete a Domestic Travel Application Form prior to travel. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by contacting: covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Papua New Guinean authorities have imposed a State of Emergency to limit the spread of the virus. You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation and approved exemption to purchase a flight ticket. There is a ban on cruise ships and leisure yachts with more than fifteen people on board, on land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and on sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.ews and restrictions on public transport and gatherings are in place in some provinces including Western Province and East New Britain. Further information about the measures introduced can be found on the PNG government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    22.06.2020
  • Papua New Guinea 1. Passengers can only land at Port Moresby (POM).
    2. Passengers who reside in Papua New Guinea must depart from Brisbane (BNS), Cairns (CNS) or Singapore.
    3. Passengers must be quarantined for 14 days at designated hotels in Port Moresby.
    4. Passengers and airline crew must obtain State of Emergency (SOE) controller approval to enter.

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    International restrictions:

    A reduced domestic flight schedule has resumed. You should check with your airline that you meet one of the approved travel categories and will need to complete a Domestic Travel Application Form prior to travel. Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. International visitors should apply for the exemption, including the reasons for visiting, by contacting: covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Papua New Guinean authorities have imposed a State of Emergency to limit the spread of the virus. You will be required to show evidence of your hotel reservation and approved exemption to purchase a flight ticket. There is a ban on cruise ships and leisure yachts with more than fifteen people on board, on land border crossings between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and on sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.ews and restrictions on public transport and gatherings are in place in some provinces including Western Province and East New Britain. Further information about the measures introduced can be found on the PNG government website [https://covid19.info.gov.pg/].

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    16.06.2020
  • Papua New Guinea 1. Passengers can only land at Port Moresby (POM).
    2. Passengers who reside in Papua New Guinea must depart from Brisbane (BNS), Cairns (CNS) or Singapore.
    3. Passengers must be quarantined for 14 days at designated hotels in Port Moresby.
    4. Passengers and airline crew must obtain State of Emergency (SOE) controller approval to enter.

    International restrictions:

    Most international flights are suspended until 12 June.
    Partial outbound international flights have resumed from 27 April. The State of Emergency Controller only allows Air Niugini to operate outbound international flights to Brisbane (five times per week), Cairns (two times per week) and Singapore (four times per week).
    Inbound international flights are limited to citizens stranded overseas and foreigners granted permission to enter. Those seeking to enter must provide the necessary permissions and evidence of 14-day hotel accommodation booking at an approved quarantine hotel, prior to being able to check-in.
    Foreigners seeking to enter Papua New Guinea must also apply in writing to the National Operations Centre at covid19-admin.logistics@police.gov.pg, as well as submit the COVID-19 Air Passenger Travel Form, to be considered for permission to enter.
    Nationals and permanent residents are only allowed to return during the period when authorised by the Emergency Controller. They are advised to contact the PNG Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to request for return, via their nearest embassy, high commission or consulate.
    Returning citizens and permanent residents will be subject to quarantine at designated facilities, while non-citizens and permanent residents will be subject to quarantine at a designated hotel in the capital Port Moresby. These are Holiday Inn, Ela Beach Hotel, Sanctuary Hotel, Dixies Bungalows, Grand Papua Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Laguna Hotel and Granville Hotel. All returning passengers must show evidence that they have already paid for 14 days quarantine at an approved hotel before boarding the flight. In addition, all incoming passengers are required to fill out an air passenger travel approval form.
    The country’s border crossing with Indonesia, specifically the Wutung border post, is closed. The Solomon Islands-Bougainville border has been closed until further notice.
    Cruise ships or yachts with more than 15 passengers will be refused entry. Sea arrivals are only permitted at declared ports of Motukea (Port Moresby), Lae and Rabaul.
    Processing of visas on arrival is currently suspended. All travellers must obtain a valid physical visa or eVisa prior to arrival.
    Airline, immigration, customs, and/or health authorities are actively screening arriving passengers, including through thermal scanning, public health declarations, and examination of travel histories.

    Internal restrictions:

    The nationwide state of emergency has been extended until at least 1 June.
    Domestic flights have resumed.
    People who wish to conduct domestic travel to Buka, Daru, Kiunga, Vanimo and Wewak must fill in a Domestic Travel Application Form and seek approval from the Emergency Controller.
    Curfew is in place from 22.00 to 05.00 daily in East New Britain Province and Western Province. No domestic travel, including domestic flights, is allowed to and from East Sepik Province, Sandaun Province and Western Province. All public gatherings remain banned except for in identified essential businesses such as supermarkets and airports. Public transport has resumed with limited passenger capacity.
    Travel into and out of the states of East Sepik, Western Province and West Sepik, and other states with confirmed COVID-19 cases is prohibited unless granted written permission by the Chief of Police. Except for those states, movement across state borders by foot, vehicle or ship is not restricted.
    Schools are gradually resuming.
    All non-essential workers are advised to stay at home.
    Entertainment and sports venues are closed.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Public transport has resumed under strict control measures starting. Schools will gradually resume from 27 April.

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    28.05.2020
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