COVID-19 Information for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

Last updated: 02/26/2021

  • Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  U.S. citizens in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu are advised to follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • For all three countries, travelers should not attempt to enter via sea borders unless they have explicit approval to do so. Seafarers who enter any of the countries without permission to do so may be arrested, forcibly quarantined, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and any applicable pandemic-related emergency measures.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Papua New Guinea has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. Testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited. However, most services are operating as normal, some with with social distancing and other mitigation policies in place. Travel to, movement within, and services in some provinces may be effected by province-specific emergency orders issued by the National Pandemic Controller or by provincial health authorities.
  • For the most up-to-date information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and the government’s response to the pandemic, please visit the government’s COVID-19 information portal. The latest emergency measure related to international travel (Measure 2) may be found on the left-hand side of the page under the heading “Pandemic Measures”

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Papua New Guinea? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Symptomatic persons are generally able to obtain government-paid or government-subsidized testing services at Port Moresby General Hospital and the Taurama Aquatic Center drive-through testing site operated by St. John Ambulance service. Testing services outside of Port Moresby may be obtained by visiting a provincial hospital or by calling 1800 200 and asking for more information.
  • Non-symptomatic persons and persons who need testing services in connection with travel may obtain such services through approved swabbing centers and private medical facilities, including:
    • St John Ambulance
    • 2K Medical Clinic
    • Pacific International Hospital
    • Aspen Medical
    • Sky Medical Services
  • Testing conducted through private medical facilities may cost as much as 250 USD.
  • Though electronic test results from such facilities are generally available within 24-48 hours, U.S. citizens who need tests in connection with travel are advised to request clear estimates of the turn-around and delivery methods for test results.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, please email consularportmoresby@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Papua New Guinea approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. but please read this section carefully. Travelers are only allowed to enter with a valid visa and explicit written approval to enter from the National Pandemic Controller. Under measures instituted by the National Pandemic Controller, incoming travelers are only allowed to enter by air at Port Moresby International Airport. In general, travelers should not attempt to enter the country via its sea and land borders unless they have explicit approval to do so. Visas on arrival are not available at this time.
  • U.S. citizens who wish to enter the country must submit to covid19-travel@police.gov.pg the following as early as possible. Approvals granted after January 15, 2021 are valid for 90 days and may only be used for entry once. Travelers may also submit documentation via Air Niugini at nocapproval@airniugini.com.pg.
    • Cover letter stating the reason for travel and any compelling circumstances, as well information on the planned itinerary. See a sample letter here.
    • Completed Air Passenger Travel Form, including date of travel to Papua New Guinea, selected quarantine hotel/location, and a copy of the traveler’s passport
    • Copy of the traveler’s passport biodata page
    • Copy of the traveler’s Papua New Guinean work permit (if applicable)
    • Copy of the traveler’s Papua New Guinean visa (if applicable)
    • Proof of 14 days quarantine at one of the facilities named in Schedule 4 of Measure 2 regarding international travel.
  • If approved, the documents will be returned from the National Pandemic Controller’s office with an approval stamp and signature. Travelers must present a copy of these documents at check-in for flights and upon disembarking in Papua New Guinea to both health screening personnel and immigration and customs officials. The traveler should not commence travel until approval has been received.  Please also see COVID-19 test requirements below.
  • Travelers must also complete on online health declaration form and save the barcodes as evidence of submission. In the event the online form is not functioning, passengers have been allowed to complete a physical form at the time of check-in.
  • U.S. citizens who plan to travel to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) must also meet requirements put in place by the Autonomous Bougainville Government. More information on those requirements and process may be found at: https://www.abg.gov.pg/index.php/news/read/notice-for-travelers-to-bougainville. 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes. All visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no earlier than seven (7) days prior to entry.  Additionally, visitors who intend to travel to AROB must present a health certificate issued by a competent public or private health facility attesting to their health and fitness to travel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, and all arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site, or at their home of residence if they are eligible for home-based quarantine. Travelers approved for quarantine at an alternate site, such as a residence, may be required to use, and pay for the use of, a tracking device to ensure compliance with quarantine protocols.
  • U.S. citizens who need to extend their visas should consult the Immigration and Citizenship Authority. Please note that extensions of visitor visas beyond a total of 90 days in country are generally not possible, even as a result of COVID-19 travel disruptions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? A national curfew not currently in place. However, as of January 1, 2021, the National Pandemic Controller imposed a 10pm-5am daily curfew in West New Britain Province in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases. All non-emergency travel is restricted during the curfew hours.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? As of January 1, 2021, the National Pandemic Controller suspended the travel of aircraft, vehicles, and sea-going vessels into and out of West New Britain Province in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • The National Pandemic Controller has also delegated authority to provincial governments to establish their own requirements for travel, including on whether negative PCR COVID tests are required. Travelers who intend to travel from the National Capital District to other provinces are strongly encouraged to confirm any requirements with their respective airline(s) prior to travel.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. All incoming travelers are required to quarantine at an government-approved quarantine site. A full list of approved quarantine sites may be found in Measure 2 – International Travel Measures, which is available at the government’s COVID-19 information portal. Most travelers must quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, travelers who enter Papua New Guinea via Port Moresby and then travel to AROB and who are not in possession of a medical health certificate attesting to their health and fitness to travel may be required to undergo an additional 14 days quarantine in AROB.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?Yes, but please read this section carefully. There are extremely limited options and varying requirements depending on the airline and routing. U.S. citizens intending to travel from the United States to Papua New Guinea may face considerable difficulty finding availability due reduced airline schedules and per flight passenger limits on flights bound for Australia. Travel from Papua New Guinea to the United States is generally more viable than travel from the United States to Papua New Guinea.
  • Air Niugini operates regular flights between Port Moresby and Brisbane, and less frequent flights between Port Moresby and Hong Kong, Singapore, and Manila. However, not all those routes are viable. There are extremely limited options for travel between Brisbane and the United States via the Middle East. Air Niugini’s flights to and from Hong Kong are viable options for for two-way transit in certain circumstances. Air Niugini’s flights to Singapore and Manila are generally not viable for travel between the United States and Papua New Guinea.
  • U.S. citizens intending to enter or depart Papua New Guinea are advised to work with a travel agent and to review the following possible routes.
    • Air New Zealand – Brisbane-Auckland / Auckland-Los Angeles via Honolulu — (see below for more information)
    • Qatar Airways – Brisbane-Doha / Doha-multiple U.S. destinations — (see below for more information)
    • Emirates – Brisbane-Dubai / Dubai-multiple U.S. destinations — (see below for more information)
    • Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong / Hong Kong-multiple international and U.S. destinations — (see below for more information)
    • Qatar Airways – Hong Kong / Hong Kong-Doha / Doha-multiple international and U.S. destinations — (see below for more information)
    • Singapore Airlines – Brisbane-Singapore / Singapore-Los Angeles — (see below for more information)
  • U.S. citizens should check with airlines to verify any requirement, such as pre-flight COVID-19 tests and transit hub requirements and limitations.
  • Outbound travel from Papua New Guinea is generally more viable than inbound travel.  Due to limited flights and per flight passenger caps on flights arriving in Australian ports, some airlines may not have seat availability or may cancel reservations leading up to travel as they fill flights and prioritize commercial value, passengers with emergency travel, or repatriations. U.S. citizens intending to travel between the United States and Papua New Guinea via Brisbane may find it beneficial to work directly with the airline(s) or a travel agent to book or wait-list single, complete itineraries. Choose a travel agency that is familiar with all airlines and countries in your itinerary; some travel agents may not be able to book single, complete itineraries. However, in general, seat availability is extremely limited or may be booked out months in advance.
  • Domestic travel within Australia, even to catch onward international flights is generally not viable unless traveler-specific quarantine exemptions from respective state governments are provided (see the “apply for a quarantine exemption” on this page). Accordingly, U.S. citizens should look for options that minimize transit time in Brisbane to the greatest extent possible. Transit times of more than eight (8) hours require a valid Australian transit visa or Electronic Travel Authority and also require quarantine for the duration of transit, as directed by local authorities. Transit passengers quarantined for less than 24 hours are not be charged. Quarantine times of 24 hours or more are invoiced to the traveler(s). Transit times of more than 72 hours require an Australian Border Force exemption. U.S. citizens should carefully review all requirements for transiting Australia.
  • U.S. citizens transiting Auckland must have a valid New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, must transit no more than 24 hours in Auckland, and must not leave the airport. U.S. citizens should carefully review all requirements for transiting New Zealand. Travelers should not book separate itineraries when transiting Auckland. Any travel that involves transit via Auckland should, to the greatest extent possible, be in a single itinerary.
  • U.S. citizens traveling via on Qatar Airways and Emirates should look for nonstop routes between Brisbane and Doha or Brisbane and Dubai, respectively (not routes that stop in Sydney first).
  • U.S. citizens who wish to travel between the United States and Papua New Guinea via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or Qatar Airways can presently meet the Air Niugini flight and transit requirements through a limited number of options. Choose a travel agency that is familiar with all airlines and countries in your itinerary; some travel agents may not be able to book single, complete itineraries.
  • Passengers may only transit Hong Kong if they meet the following requirements:
    • Their itinerary is contained in a single booking
    • They meet the entry requirements of their final destination
    • They have their baggage checked through to their final destination, which may require re-booking of baggage at a pre-Hong Kong transit point
    • They have been issued their onward boarding pass to their final destination, which may require check-in/printing of boarding passes at a pre-Hong Kong transit point
    • Their connecting time on Hong Kong is less than 24 hours
  • Singapore Airlines also operates commercial air service between Brisbane and Singapore and between Singapore and Los Angeles. In some cases, U.S. citizens may be able to use the route for outbound travel from Papua New Guinea to the United States via Brisbane and Singapore, but are strongly advised to review the guidance on this page and/or check with Singapore Airlines before booking travel.
  • Air Niugini also operates direct flights between Singapore and Port Moresby. However, at present, the Port Moresby-Singapore route is generally not viable for non-Singaporean passengers, as the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority has limited transit operations at Changi Airport to travel from certain approved ports. Moreover, transit rules at Changi Airport require the traveler to be on one itinerary and use a single carrier for their inbound and outbound flights (e.g., transit passengers are not allowed to arrive in Changi on one carrier and depart on another regardless of the direction they are traveling).
  • U.S. citizens who have emergency need to transit Singapore en route to the United States directly from Port Moresby on an Air Niugini flight (i,e., for non-discretionary travel or repatriation when there is no other alternative route) should write us at ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov and SingaporeACS@state.gov.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, though U.S. citizens are advised to review our Travel Advisory and Country Specific Information regarding security risks in Papua New Guinea.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Though the rate of local compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions such as use of masks is extremely low, U.S. citizens are advised to wear face masks at all times while in public places. Not doing so may increase risk of infection and and may present opportunities for fines or harassment by police and security forces.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: The Embassy has resumed online scheduling for routine in-person U.S. citizen services, including passport applications and renewals, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBA), notarial services, and acceptance of voter materials. U.S. citizens who wish to request services are advised to review fully information about services and requirements on our website and use our online scheduling tool when they are ready to make appointments. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged but will be attended to the greatest extent possible based on staffing patterns. The Embassy is closed on U.S. and local national holidays.
  • The Embassy continues to monitor local and international conditions with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our customers and staff, visitors to the Embassy are required to wear a facemask at all times. Customers experiencing flu-like symptoms on the day of their appointment are asked not to come to the Embassy and should re-schedule. Customers must arrive at the time of their scheduled appointment so that the consular section and the local guard force can effectively manage the flow of people through security screening and limit the number of people in the waiting room to the greatest extent possible. Walk-ins to collect passports or drop off voter materials will be subject to the same COVID-19 mitigation and social distancing measures.
  • The Embassy expects that the number of appointment slots available will remain limited for the foreseeable future. One appointment slot should be scheduled per person. Families who require services for multiple family members and who are unable to find sufficient appointment slots on the same day may write us at ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov to request accommodation.
  • Visa Services: As of March 17, 2020, the Embassy cancelled routine non-immigrant visa appointments. We continue to provide all immigrant visas services and non-immigrant visa services for emergency or mission critical cases, including for student visas, diplomatic or official visas, repatriations, adoptions, family reunification cases, emergency travel, or other situations of a sufficiently compelling nature. If you believe your case meets one of these criteria, or if you are student or exchange visitor planning to matriculate in or resume your studies, please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Solomon Islands has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. The government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent the further importation and spread of COVID-19, including effectively closing of the country’s international borders. Testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited. Most in-country services are operating as normal under social distancing and mitigation requirements.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Solomon Islands? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Symptomatic persons are generally able to obtain government-paid or government-subsidized testing services at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara. Symptomatic persons should contact the Public Health Emergency Surveillance Unit at +677 23650 or +677 752 2202 for further instructions.
  • Non-symptomatic persons and persons who need testing services in connection with travel may obtain such services by following the instructions below as early as possible:
    • Write to Permanent Secretary Pauline McNeil (PMcneil@moh.gov.sb) and Incident Controller Dr. Gregory Jilini (GJilini@moh.cov.sb) to request pre-departure testing and include 1). the entry requirements for the destination country or countries, 2). the number of tests required and, if applicable, how many days apart, and 3) whether a COVID-19 certificate is also required.
  • In addition to the email, hand deliver the letter/request above to the National Health Emergency Operations Center at the Ministry of Health in Chinatown.
  • Once testing services are approved, the National Health Emergency Operations Center will confirm with the traveler a time and place for swabbing/sampling.
  • Testing services may cost as much as 190 USD.
  • Though physical or electronic test results are generally available within 24-48 hours, depending on the type of test conducted, U.S. citizens who need tests in connection with travel are advised to request clear estimates of the turn-around and delivery methods for test results.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, please email consularportmoresby@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Solomon Islands approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but only under special or compelling circumstances and subject to the availability of very limited flight options. Travelers should not attempt to enter the country via its sea borders without pre-approval. Prospective travelers must submit a request to enter through the Office of the Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade by writing to the head of the government’s COVID-19 committee, Permanent Secretary James Remobatu (jremobatu@pmc.gov.sb). Prospective travelers should clearly describe any compelling circumstances.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes. Travelers coming from the United States, or any other country with an infection rate that is increasing, consistently serious, or with widespread community transmission, must provide three (3) negative COVID-19 PCR tests administered 21, 10, and two (2) days prior to travel. Pre-departure forms used to submit proof of these tests may be obtained by writing Samantha Kanai (skanai@mfaet.gov.sb). During mandatory quarantine, recently arrived travelers must submit to three COVID-19 PCR tests administered 5, 10, and 14 days after arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, and all arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site.
  • U.S. citizens who need to extend their visas should consult the Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour, and Immigration.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. All arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site for at 14 days (21 days if originating in the United States), during which the government will administer at least three (3) mandatory COVID-19 tests. All foreign nationals are required to pay for their own quarantine costs.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Domestic flights are operating as normal. Extremely limited options to enter or exit the country are available in connection with the once-weekly Solomon Airlines flights from Brisbane to Honiara and in connection with the government’s repatriation of Solomon Islands citizens. For more information on possible flight options, please visit Solomon Airlines.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or holders of valid U.S. visas who are currently in Solomon Islands and who wish to depart en route to the United States at the earliest opportunity should complete the Embassy’s repatriation interest form, which will facilitate communication and coordination in the event outgoing flights are available.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, public ground transportation and inter-island ferries are operating as normal.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • At present there are no social distancing or mask requirements.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Consular Agency in Honiara is operating as normal. Please write to us_consular@usconsular.com.sb or keithieusa@usconsular.com.sb to request U.S. citizen services, including assistance with passport renewals. U.S. citizens who wish to renew full validity (10 years) U.S. passports issued when the bearer was at least 16 years old may pay passport fees online and submit their physical application materials to the Embassy using an international courier service. Please see here for more details.
  • Visa Services: Most visa services require an in-person appearance at Embassy Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Due to the lack of regular flights to and from Solomon Islands, and limited flights and entry requirements in Papua New Guinea, most visa services are not available at this time. Please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov if you need more information.

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VANUATU

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Vanuatu has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. The government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent the further importation and spread of COVID-19, including closing of the country’s international borders. Testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited. Most in-country services are operating as normal.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Vanuatu?Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Symptomatic persons are generally able to obtain government-paid or government-subsidized testing services at the Port Vila Central Hospital.
  • Non-symptomatic persons and persons who need testing services in connection with travel may also obtain expedited services — for a fee — through the Port Vila Central Hospital. Points of contact are Lab Manager Junior George Pakoa (jgpakoa@vanuatu.gov.vu) and COVID-19 Representative Dr. Vincent Atua (vatua@vanuatu.gov.vu).
  • Travel-related testing services may cost as much as 250 USD.
  • Though electronic test results from are generally available within 24-48 hours upon request, U.S. citizens who need tests in connection with travel are advised to request clear estimates of the turn-around and delivery methods for test results.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, please email consularportmoresby@state.gov.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Vanuatu approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, but only if they meet other certain criteria. Please see the Vanuatu’s Department of Immigration and Passport Services for more information. Moreover, there are currently no regular incoming commercial air options. Travelers who are able to be accommodated on government repatriation flights or other ad hoc flights must register and be approved for their travel through the Vanuatu Electronic Traveler System. Registration should be done as far in advance as possible.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes, travelers from any country in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and travelers from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Guam, and French Polynesia must present negative results from a COVID-19 test administered within the 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • U.S. citizens who need to extend their visas should consult the Department of Immigration and Passport Services.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Not at the present time, though the government may impose domestic travel restrictions at any time with little or no notice, particularly in the event additional cases of COVID-19 are identified.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. All arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site for 28 days. However, at this time there are no regular commercial flights that would facilitate travel to Vanuatu.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Domestic and inter-island flights are operating as normal. There are very limited options for outbound international air travel for U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, and holders of valid U.S. visas who wish to travel en route to the United States, or to a third country via the the United States. Air Vanuatu is operating a limited schedule of flights for cargo and outbound passengers to Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; and Noumea, New Caledonia. Limited transit options are available.
  • Due to a recent reduction in Air New Zealand flights between Auckland and Los Angeles, it is no longer possible to depart Vanuatu on Auckland-bound flights and complete transit at the Auckland airport in less than 24 hours. Accordingly, the most viable option from travel from Vanuatu to the United States is via Brisbane on the occasional Air Vanuatu flights referenced in the link above and then via Dubai on Emirates or Doha on Qatar Airways. These options may require at least one overnight in Brisbane. U.S. citizens who need to transit in Australia for more than eight (8) hours need a valid Australian ETA or Subclass 771 visa and, upon landing in Brisbane, are required to quarantine in a designated hotel at the direction of Queensland state officials.
  • U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and U.S. visa holders are also urged to complete our Repatriation Interest Form, if they have not done so already. This will enable the Embassy to follow up with you directly and, if needed, to liaise with government officials regarding travel on the outbound flights. Please note, however, that all travelers are responsible for contacting DFAT and Air Vanuautu directly, making their own travel arrangements, and ensuring they are eligible to transit any third country. The U.S. Embassy is not coordinating these flights and is not liable for any delays or disruption in travel
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • At present there are no social distancing or mask requirements.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: The ability of Embassy Port Moresby to provide routine services to U.S. citizens in Vanuatu is limited. U.S. citizens who wish to renew full validity (10 years) U.S. passports issued when the bearer was at least 16 years old may pay passport fees online and submit their physical application materials to the Embassy using an international courier service. Please see here for more details.
  • If you are in need of other services, please fill out this form and also write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov
  • Visa Services: Most visa services require an in-person appearance at Embassy Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Due to the lack of regular flights to and from Vanuatu, and limited flights and entry requirements in Papua New Guinea, most visa services are not available at this time. Please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov if you need more information.

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