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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Papua New Guinea
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Papua New Guinea


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- International inbound flights are only allowed to enter Port Moresby’s Jacksons International airport (POM) from the following areas: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Only the following airline operators are permitted: Air Niugini, PNG air, Hevilift, Tropic Air, Pacific direct limited
- Inbound vessels via sea are permitted to enter the country through the ports of Kimbe, Madang, Morobe, Motukea (Port Moresby) and Rabaul.
• Exemptions
- Inbound aircrafts or vessels which have received an exemption in writing by the Controller.

(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents and “third country” nationals
- All passengers, including returning nationals are required to seek a written approval from the Controller or his delegate through this email: covid19-travel@police.gov.pg
- The approval is valid for 90 days from the date of approval. Applicants are required to submit the following documents: a cover letter, an international air passenger travel form (I-APTG), passport, work permit (if applicable) and home quarantine request (if applicable)
• Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating
- Passengers with a travel history to India in the past 21 days are banned entry.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test? + Type of test and timeframe
- All passengers permitted entry are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken within 7 days before departure.
• Exemptions
- Foreign travellers holding a diplomatic travel document or an official passport, as well as children age five and below are exempted from the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR negative test result requirements.

(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
• Who must quarantine and for how long? + Where can this be done?
- Fully vaccinated travellers who have remain for the past 21 days in the following countries listed in Schedule 10: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka Vanuatu, and have not been to any other countries (excluding transit) are required to complete seven days of quarantine at a designated place or at their residence in Port Moresby or central province, or at another location directed by the controller.
- Foreign travellers holding a diplomatic travel document or an official passport who have remain for the past 21 days in the following countries: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka Vanuatu, and have not been to any other countries (excluding transit), may self-quarantine at an appropriate residence for seven days.
- All other foreign travellers holding a diplomatic travel document or an official passport are required self-quarantine at an appropriate residence for 14 days.
- All other passengers are required to complete 14 days of quarantine at a designated place.
- During quarantine, travellers will be monitored through an approved Tracking Device listed in Schedule 7.
- The list of recognized vaccines and respective dosage requirements can be found in schedule 11, while the list of designated places for quarantine can be found in schedule 4 of the National Pandemic Act document https://pg.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/276/10-June-New-Measures-Text-Searchable.pdf
• Additional tests in quarantine?
- A COVID-19 test will be conducted during the quarantine period. Those who refuse to comply will be quarantined for 14 days from the date of refusal to be tested.
(Until further notice)
COVID-19 Documentation required
• All passengers are required to present an approved International Air Passenger Travel Form (I-APTG) (https://www.airniugini.com.pg/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/International-APTF-version-6.5.pdf)and e-Health Declaration form barcode (https://www.pnghdf.info/) - which is an online form that should be completed within 24 hours before departure. Those who plan to stay at hotels for the mandatory quarantine are to present the hotel confirmation for the entire quarantine period.
• Exemptions
- Foreign travellers holding a diplomatic travel document or an official passport are exempted from submitting e-Health Declaration form.
(Until further notice)
Transit
• Same day transit via Port Moresby is allowed for all passengers onward to another international port, there is no need to apply for an approval. No overnight transits are allowed.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Limited outbound international flights are available from Port Moresby.
- Only the following airline operators are permitted: Air Niugini, PNG air, Hevilift, Tropic Air, Pacific direct limited

(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents + “third country” nationals
- No outbound restrictions for all passengers.

(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test? + Type of test and timeframe
- Outbound travellers will undergo a COVID-19 test before departure.
- All travellers will also be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours before departure. Do check with the relevant airlines for any specific requirements.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type?
- All business, social venues, markets, shopping centers and places of worship must comply with the authorities COVID-19 guidelines.
- Venues that provide night club and pub activities, and places that sell alcohol on the premises without food (excluding restaurants) remain closed.
- Refer to Measure No.9 of the National Pandemic Act for further details: https://pg.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/276/10-June-New-Measures-Text-Searchable.pdf

(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Domestic travel between provinces are not allowed except for the below reasons listed on Schedule 1:
o Students returning to their residence or education institutions
o Travellers returning to their residence
o Essential business travel
o Seeking medical assistance and medical evacuation
o Emergency transport
o Those who have received an approval from the Controller, his delegate or the provincial administer from the province of travel origin
- Permitted travellers are required to complete a National Department of Health form and submit to the Provincial Health Authority on arrival
- Each province may at its sole discretion require an arrival traveller to undergo COVID-19 testing. Those who refuse to get tested may be required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Airports in Lihir (Islands region) and Tabubil (Southern region) remain closed.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• Is mask wearing mandatory?
- Mask wearing remains mandatory in public spaces
• Other general mandatory measures
- Social distancing of at least five feet (1.5 metres) between each person is required at schools, markets and shopping centers.
• Schools
- Schools are open.
• Gatherings
- A ban of on gatherings of more than ten people is in place
- Religious activities are limited to a maximum of 50 people.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Papua New Guinea

COVID-19 information for Papua New Guinea

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Papua New Guinea is a high-risk security environment for business travellers and expatriates. Crime in PNG consists of a high number of indiscriminate violent break-ins, hold-ups, muggings, assaults, carjackings and sexual assaults. Tribal rivalries and disputes over royalties and benefits from extractive industries motivate violent crime in rural areas.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts and speak with a security expert to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Papua New Guinea
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioA booster is recommended. Although polio has not
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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