Dear Fellow American Citizens in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu,
As the respective governments of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu continue to prepare for a comprehensive and aggressive fight against COVID-19, which we strongly support, I would like to reassure you that the U.S. Embassy remains open and operational to meet our highest priority, which is the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in this region.
The U.S. Embassy team in Port Moresby is actively engaged with host government health authorities, such as the PNG Institute of Medical Research and with hospitals and health facilities in all three countries. We are also coordinating closely with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and consulting with a range of U.S. agencies both here and in the United States to ensure we are current with latest developments and guidance with respect to the fight against the virus.
Please remember to check our Embassy website (https://pg.usembassy.gov/) as well as the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, and do continue to monitor Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for notifications and messages like this one. And one more ask – please share the word about the STEP program and the Embassy website to other Americans you know or might meet who are unaware of them. Our consular team at the Embassy is working around the clock to keep U.S. travelers to the region informed of the risks related to COVID-19 and measures to take to reduce those risks, to assist Americans in need, and to combat the spread of this outbreak.
My team and I look forward to continuing to be of service to the American community in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Erin Elizabeth McKee
United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu