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

This page was last updated on July 16, 2021

  • The CDC requires that all air passengers to the United States ages two years and older provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel
  • For travelers in Papua New Guinea, the PCR tests being conducted by Air Niugini, in partnership with International SOS, immediately prior to check-in for outbound international routes satisfy the CDC requirement for entry to the United States. Therefore, travelers en route to the United States are not required to obtain an additional COVID-19 test. Air Niugini and ISOS are conducting testing primarily based on requirements of the destination country. Travelers should inform themselves of such requirements and, particularly in the case of children, request and ensure that tests are conducted as needed. Any passenger age two or above who does not have a negative COVID-19 test result, or other acceptable documentation, may be refused uplift at any point in their journey and risk being forced to return to their origin at their own cost
  • Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions, including for information about extended itineraries with transits in third countries. If you face unique circumstances related to this requirement, please contact us at consularportmoresby@state.gov
  • Travelers to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu should not attempt to enter via the countries’ sea borders unless they have explicit approval to do so. Seafarers who enter, even temporarily, without explicit approval may be arrested, forcibly quarantined, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of local law and any applicable pandemic-related emergency measures. U.S. citizen crewmembers who are otherwise stranded on their vessel and who wish to disembark in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu for the purpose of repatriating to the United States should contact us at consularportmoresby@state.gov. Please note, however, that our ability to assist in these situations may be limited

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Office of the Controller issued on July 1, 2021, amended pandemic measures related to international and domestic travel. The Embassy’s latest COVID-19-related heath and travel alert, which notes the most changes to travel requirements, can be found here. U.S. citizens and their organizations are encouraged to review the government’s latest pandemic measures in full.
  • COVID-19 testing services and health care capacity in the country are limited and the broader health system is easily strained
  • Formal national eligibility for vaccination now includes all persons 18 years of age or older. U.S. citizens are advised contact district and provincial health officials to inquire about and/or obtain vaccination services
  • International air transportation options are limited by strict routing and transit requirements in third countries, and entry to Papua New Guinea requires traveler-specific approval and COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinated persons are permitted to travel domestically with no restrictions. Unvaccinated persons who wish to undertake interprovincial travel must have a valid reason—including student travel, return to a habitual place of residence, conduct of essential business, and urgent medical assistance—or have approval from the Controller, the Controller’s delegate, or the provincial administrator from the traveler’s province of origin.
  • 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.

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, upon request and with additional fees for expedited processing. However, the PCR tests administered by Air Niugini, in partnership with International SOS, immediately prior to check-in on outbound international routes meet the CDC requirements for entry to the United States. Therefore, there is generally no need for travelers to obtain an additional COVID-19 test prior to departure from Papua New Guinea. Travelers en route to the United States should ensure that any member of their traveling party age two is administered a test and receives a test result prior to check in
  • Symptomatic persons are generally able to obtain free or government-subsidized testing services at Port Moresby General Hospital, the Taurama Aquatic Center, and other public clinics in Port Moresby. Testing services outside of Port Moresby may be obtained at provincial hospitals and other health facilities. If you are unable to located testing services, please call 1800 200 to ask for assistance
  • Non-symptomatic persons and persons wanting expedited results may obtain services through private medical facilities, including:
    • 2K Medical Clinic
    • Pacific International Hospital
    • ASPEN Medical
    • Sky Health Medical Services
    • International SOS
  • Testing conducted through private medical facilities may cost as much as 250 USD
  • Though electronic test results from such facilities are generally available within 24-72 hours upon request, U.S. citizens are advised to request clear estimates of the turn-around time 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 the 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? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Papua New Guinea for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. National eligibility for vaccination now includes all persons 18 years of age or older. U.S. citizens are advised contact district and provincial health officials to inquire about and/or obtain vaccination services
  • Which vaccines are available in Papua New Guinea? AstraZeneca
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
  • 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

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 appropriate for the purpose of travel and with explicit written approval to enter from the Office of the Controller. Under measures instituted by the 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 the National Control Center (NCC) Travel Desk (covid19-travel@police.gov.pg) the following as early as possible:
    • Cover letter stating the reason for travel and any compelling circumstances, as well information on the planned itinerary. See a sample letter here
    • Completed International Air Passenger Travel Form
    • 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 21 days quarantine at an approved facility (as listed in Schedule 4 of Measure 2 regarding international travel)
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all travelers who are eligible for vaccination at their respective point of origin
  • Approvals 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, in addition to the NCC Travel Desk. The NCC Travel Desk may be reached by phone at (+675) 301 9266 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday local time
  • If approved, the documents will be returned from the Controller’s office with an approval stamp and signature. Travelers must present a copy of these documents, as well as proof of vaccination, 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
  • All travelers who are eligible for vaccination at their respective point of origin must be fully vaccinated before entering Papua New Guinea.
  • 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
  • Some travelers may be required upon arrival to download a specified personal tracking application to their smartphone or to wear a monitoring bracelet at their own expense and to use them as instructed for the duration quarantine (PGK 550 for the application or PGK 100/day for the monitoring bracelet)
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes. All travelers aged five and under bound for Papua New Guinea must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no earlier than seven (7) days prior to entry. However, please note that separate testing requirements may be imposed by air service providers or government authorities at transit points
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, and all arriving passengers are screened and upon arrival and further must complete quarantine at a government-approved site, as well as 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 stay 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? An official national curfew not currently in place, but business operations may limited to prescribed hours. Note that curfews and other measures may be imposed by provincial government authorities
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, interprovincial air travel is officially restricted to essential travel, including student travel, return to a habitual place of residence, essential business travel, and medical assistance and emergencies; or to persons who have approval from the Controller, the Controller’s delegate, or the provincial administrator from the traveler’s province of origin. Travelers should consult with their respective airline(s) prior to travel
  • The Controller has also delegated authority to provincial governments to establish their own requirements for travel. All domestic air travelers are strongly encouraged to confirm requirements with their respective air service provider(s) prior to travel

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. All travelers, regardless of origin and vaccination status, are required to quarantine at a government-approved quarantine site for 21 days upon arrival in Papua New Guinea. All travelers are also subject to COVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine site on the 1st, 7th, and 21st days of quarantine. Additionally, travelers who enter Papua New Guinea via Port Moresby and then travel to AROB and who have not adhered to requirements set forth by the Autonomous Bougainville Government may be required to undergo an additional period of time.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but please read this section carefully.
  • Domestic travel: Vaccinated persons may travel domestically without restriction. Unvaccinated persons who wish to undertake interprovincial travel must have a valid reason—including student travel, return to a habitual place of residence, conduct of essential business, and urgent medical assistance—or have approval from the Controller, the Controller’s delegate, or the provincial administrator from the traveler’s province of origin
  • International travel: The information below is compiled with a view primarily toward outbound (Papua New Guinea to the United States) travel. Generally speaking, much of the information also applies to inbound travel (United States to Papua New Guinea) but seat and flight availability and routing options may be different.
  • There are limited international air options and varying requirements depending on respective airlines and routing. U.S. citizens intending to travel between Papua New Guinea and the United States in either direction may face difficulty finding availability or valid routing due to strict transit requirements and transit limitations in third countries. Travelers should generally NOT use airfare aggregator services to book their travel unless they are certain the chosen fares meet transit and ticketing requirements and they are prepared to work with the service provider rather than the airline directly regarding changes, cancellations, credits, and refund requests.
  • Air Niugini is the only commercial airline flying international routes into or out of Papua New Guinea. Air Niugini operates regular flights between Port Moresby and Brisbane (six flights per week), Sydney (one flight per week), Hong Kong (one flight per week) , Singapore (four flights per week), and Manila (two flights per week).
  • Manila is NOT currently a viable transit point between the United States and Papua New Guinea and vice versa
  • Travelers are allowed to transit Singapore to/from Air Niugini flights under certain circumstances outlined below
  • Travelers are allowed to transit Hong Kong to/from Air Niugini flights under certain circumstances outlined below
  • Travelers are allowed to transit Brisbane and Sydney to/from Air Niugini flights under certain circumstances outlined below
  • U.S. citizens intending to depart or enter Papua New Guinea are advised to work directly with Air Niugini and/or its partner airlines or with a reputable and knowledgeable travel agent and to review the following possible routes. Note that the the availability and viability of these routes may change
  • Via Singapore (see below for more information)
    • Qatar Airways – Singapore to Doha / Doha to multiple U.S. destinations
    • Singapore Airlines – Singapore to Los Angeles
    • Singapore Airlines – Singapore to New York City
    • Travelers are generally allowed to transit in Singapore to/from Air Niugini flights to/from Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways flights to/from Papua New Guinea. The requirements for these transit options are:
      • Transits must be completed in 48 hours or less
      • The itinerary is contained in a single booking (pre- and post- Singapore flight segments must be booked on a single ticket number)
      • The passenger and all baggage must be fully checked in to the final destination or the first U.S. port of entry
      • Transits of more than six hours may require lodging in a transit hotel
  • Via Hong Kong (see below for more information)
    • Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong to Los Angeles
    • Qatar Airways – Hong Kong to Doha / Doha to multiple U.S. destinations
    • Travelers are generally allowed to transit in Hong Kong to/from Air Niugini flights to/from Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways flights. The requirements for these transit options are:
      • Transits must be completed in 24 hours or less
      • The itinerary is contained in a single booking (pre- and post-Hong Kong flight segments must be booked on a single ticket number)
      • The passenger and all baggage must be fully checked in to the final destination or the first U.S. port of entry
  • Via Brisbane or Sydney (see below for more information)
    • Qatar Airways – Brisbane to Doha / Doha to multiple U.S. destinations
    • Emirates – Brisbane to Dubai / Dubai to multiple U.S. destinations
    • United Airlines – Sydney to Los Angeles
    • Delta Airlines – Sydney to Los Angeles
    • American Airlines – Sydney to Los Angeles
    • In general, inbound routes (United States to Papua New Guinea) that transit Australia (Brisbane and Sydney) are less viable due to competing demand for seats under Australia’s per flight passenger caps. Business class seats may be available in some cases. Outbound routes (Papua New Guinea to the United States) that transit Brisbane or Sydney are generally more viable. Travelers should carefully note the following:
      • U.S. citizens are allowed to transit Australia without a visa if their transit time is less than eight hours. Transit times between eight and 72 hours require an approved Subclass 771 visa. Transit times of greater than 72 hours are generally not allowed under the country’s COVID-19 border restrictions
      • Transiting travelers must enter and exit Australia from the same city. No domestic travel is allowed, even to catch onward international flights
      • Transits of more than eight hours may require quarantine in a designated hotel for the duration of transit. Different state governments have in place different requirements for transiting passengers and quarantine arrangements. See here for information on each state’s arrangements. In general, transit quarantine arrangements are sorted upon arrival; travelers do not need to make arrangements beforehand
      • If your transit in Australia is less than eight hours or you are allowed to remain in the airport for the duration of transit, ensure that your bags can be checked through to your first U.S. port of entry
      • If you transit Australia, complete a Travel Declaration within 72 hours of travel
      • If you transit Brisbane, also complete this Queensland-specific online form within 72 hours of your travel
      • If you transit Sydney, obtain the required quarantine exemption from the New South Wales government; see here for more on transiting in New South Wales
      • Authoritative guidance and additional links regarding transit in Australia can be found here
      • U.S. citizens traveling with Qatar Airways and Emirates to/from Australia should look for nonstop routes between Brisbane and Doha or Brisbane and Dubai, respectively (not routes that stop in other Australian cities first)
  • If you do choose to use a travel agent, use one that does their own ticketing, not one that outsources ticketing to a third-party
  • Not all of the above routes are equally viable for two-way travel and U.S. citizens are advised to verify the viability of routes prior to arranging or commencing travel
  • U.S. citizens should check with airlines to verify any requirement, such as pre-flight COVID-19 tests and transit hub requirements and limitations
  • 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 is currently able to provide all routine and emergency 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 information about services and requirements on our website and use our online scheduling tool when they are ready to make appointments. Walk-ins are generally discouraged but will be accommodated 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 or drop off passports or to 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: The Embassy is not currently processing routine non-immigrant visitor visas (e.g., most B class visas).  However, we continue to provide all immigrant visa services and we can accommodate non-immigrant visa services for mission-critical and emergency cases, including for all student and exchange visitor visa classes (F, M, or J class visas); all employment-based visa classes (e.g., H and L class visas); diplomatic or official visa classes; and cases (including B-class visas) that relate to repatriations, adoptions, family reunification, emergency and medical travel, or other situations of a sufficiently compelling nature. Due to national COVID-19 emergency measures, we are generally not able to provide visa processing services to persons who are presently outside the Embassy’s consular district. If you believe your case meets one at least one of the above criteria, please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov and provide as much information as possible

Local Resources:

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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Solomon Islands has confirmed imported (quarantine) cases of COVID-19, but has not documented cases of community transmission to date. The government has undertaken a number of strict measures to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19. International transportation options are extremely limited and entry requires traveler-specific approval. These measures severely limit the viability of routine travel to and from Solomon Islands. 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 Solomon Islands? Yes, but community testing is largely incident-based and testing services are not widely available in all areas of the country.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes, but this may require coordination on the part of the person seeking testing, especially in cases where the test is needed for travel only.
  • 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 (the official test result) 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 200 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? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Solomon Islands for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. U.S. citizens should contact provincial and national health officials to inquire about availability of vaccination services.
  • Which vaccines are available in Solomon Islands? AstraZeneca
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
  • 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

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? In limited circumstances and only with specific approval to do so subject to the availability of limited flight and routing options. In addition, travelers who originate in or have transited the United States, or any other country deemed a high-risk for COVID-19, must have completed a vaccination regimen at least four weeks prior to arrival in Solomon Islands. Entry requests for travelers who cannot meet this requirement, as applicable, will not be considered
  • Persons wishing to enter the country must secure specific approval from the COVID-19 Oversight Committee, which convenes at level of the Office of the Prime Minister. Prospective travelers must first pay a non-refundable processing fee and then submit a completed application to the COVID-19 Oversight Committee. The processing fee of 1000 Solomon Islands Dollars (approximately $125) must be paid in-person, or by the traveler’s in-country representative, at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury. Following payment of the processing fee, an application to enter may be submitted electronically to the Chair of the COVID-19 Oversight Committee, James Remobatu (jremobatu@pmc.gov.sb), and the Chair of the Subcommittee on the Exemption of Foreign Nationals, Cornelius Walagerea (cornelius.walegerea@mfaet.gov.sb). Applications to enter the country must include the following:
    • Application letter, explaining the purpose of travel and any compelling circumstances
    • Treasury receipt proving the processing fee has been paid
    • Valid work permit, long-term visa, and/or dependency visa
    • Passport biodata page
    • Any related supporting documentation
  • Travelers associated with diplomatic missions, government-endorsed bilateral programs or national projects, state-owned enterprises, or UN agencies are exempt from the processing fee
  • The review and approval process for applications to enter the country may take six weeks
  • 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, one administered 18-21 days prior to departure, one administered 8-11 days prior to departure, and a final test administered no sooner than three days prior to departure. Pre-departure forms used to submit proof of these tests may be obtained by writing Samantha Kanai (skanai@mfaet.gov.sb). Travelers may also submit their test results to NHEOC_REPAT@moh.gov.sb. During mandatory, government-assigned quarantine, recently arrived travelers must are subjected to at least three (3) COVID-19 tests administered five, 10, and 14 days after arrival
  • All travelers to Solomon Islands must complete a Pre-Departure Questionnaire and Instructions on Conduct form. These forms are required to be completed, signed, and emailed to NHEOC_REPAT@moh.gov.sb at least 5 days prior to departure. All passengers are also required to complete a Pre-Departure Checklist, which needs to be completed, signed, and emailed to apt.bne@flysolomons.com at least 1 day prior to departure
  • At the moment, the only way to meet up with Solomon Airlines’ flights is to transit Brisbane. There are limited options for doing so. Travelers cannot transit Brisbane for more than 72 hours and must have a valid Subclass 771 visa. Flight schedule limitations mean that travelers must generally complete a hotel quarantine for the duration of the transit. Travelers should also pay close attention to requirements in any third country through which they may need to transit en route to Solomon Islands.
  • For the most up-to-date guidance on entering Solomon Islands, please see the Solomon Islands governments latest Travel Advisories (Travel Advisory 17 and Travel Advisory 18) and Solomon Airlines’ travel advice page
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, all arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-assigned 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-assigned 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. Hotel quarantine assignments are determined based on risk assessments conducted by the National Health Emergency Operations Centre. Travelers are advised to contact NHEOC_REPAT@moh.gov.sb well ahead of time regarding quarantine arrangements

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.
  • Only the fourth weekly flight of each month is open to high risk travelers defined as travelers originating from or transiting through any country other than Australia, New Zealand, China, and South Pacific countries (excluding Papua New Guinea and French Polynesia)
  • Passengers from low risk countries must present two negative COVID-19 tests, one taken 14 days prior to departure and a final test taken no sooner than three days prior to departure. These passengers are subject to two weeks mandatory training and multiple COVID tests while in quarantine
  • Passengers from high risk countries must present three negative COVID-19 tests, one taken 18-21 days prior to departure, one taken 8-11 days prior to departure, and a final test taken no sooner than three days prior to departure. These passengers are subject to two weeks mandatory quarantine and multiple COVID tests while in quarantine
  • 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 to the extent needed. Please also write us at ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov and us_consular@usconsular.com.sb.
  • 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 challenges associated with travel between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, most visa services are not available at this time. If you have a prior visa that expired less than four years ago and you wish to renew it, the Embassy may able to assist. Please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov for more information

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VANUATU

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Vanuatu has confirmed imported (quarantine) cases of COVID-19, but has not documented cases of community transmission. The government has undertaken a number of strict measures to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19. International transportation options are extremely limited and entry requires traveler-specific approval. These measures severely limit the viability of routine travel to and from Vanuatu. 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, but this may require coordination on the part of the person seeking testing, especially in cases where the test is needed for travel only.
  • 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? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Vanuatu for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, U.S. citizens should contact provincial and national health officials to inquire about availability of vaccination services
  • Which vaccines are available in Vanuatu? AstraZeneca
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States
  • 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

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? In limited circumstances and only with specific approval to do so subject to the availability of limited flight and routing options.
  • Persons wishing to travel to and enter Vanuatu must adhere to the following process:
    • Determine and adhere to any visa/entry permit requirements. Please see the Vanuatu’s Department of Immigration and Passport Services for more information.
    • Register your interest with the appropriate Vanuatu Embassy or High Commission. Travelers originating in the United States should contact the Vanuatu High Commission in Canberra (vhccanberra@vanuau.gov.vu) or the Vanuatu High Commission in Wellington (vhcwellington@vanuatu.gov.vu). These High Commissions are the points of contact for persons wishing to enter and who are not residing in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji or New Caledonia.
    • Register intended travel through the Vanuatu Electronic Traveler System (VETS) portal, through which relevant government agencies are reviewing and adjudicated travel requests
    • Once travel has been approved by the Vanuatu government, Air Vanuatu is able to issue tickets to the traveler. See Air Vanuatu’s limited schedule here. Travelers may contact Air Vanuatu at SALES@AIRVANUATU.COM.AU. Please pay attention to step 5 before completing/paying for any Air Vanuatu reservation
    • Arrange travel in order to meet up with the respective Air Vanuatu flight. At the moment, the only way to do this is to get to Auckland or Brisbane to meet Air Vanuatu’s limited bi-monthly flights to/from the international airports in those cities. Travelers cannot transit Auckland for more than 24 hours, and they cannot transit Brisbane for more than 72 hours. Transit in Auckland requires a valid NZeTA. Transit in Brisbane generally requires a valid Subclass 771 visa and hotel quarantine for the duration of the transit.  Travelers should also pay close attention to requirements in any third country through which they may need to transit en route to Vanuatu
  • 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 travelers who are approved to enter the country and who are able to arrange travel are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site for 15 nights.

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, Brisbane, and Noumea
  • Due to a reduction in Air New Zealand flights between Auckland and Los Angeles, it is not currently possible to depart Vanuatu on Auckland-bound flights and complete transit at the Auckland airport en route to Los Angeles in less than 24 hours as required by New Zealand authorities. It may, however, be possible to connect in Auckland to Qatar Airways flights that then transit Brisbane or Melbourne before traveling onward to Doha, where U.S. citizens can catch regular flights to the United States. The most viable option from travel from Vanuatu to the United States is via Brisbane on occasional Air Vanuatu flights referenced in the link above and then via Doha on Qatar Airways or via Dubai on Airlines. 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 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 who wish to depart Vanuatu at the earliest available opportunity may complete our Repatriation Interest Form if they have not done so already. They should also contact us at ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov. This will enable to the Embassy to follow up directly with you and, if needed, liaise with government officials regarding travel on outbound flights. Please note, however, that all travelers are responsible for making their own travel arrangements (see here), and ensuring that are eligible to transit any third country. The Embassy is not coordinating Air Vanuatu’s outbound flights and is not responsible 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 passport and citizenship services, please fill out this form and also write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov
  • Visa Services:  Most visa services required an in-person appearance at Embassy Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Due to challenges to travel between Vanuatu and and Papua New Guinea, most visa services are not available at this time. If you have a prior visa that expired less than four years ago and you wish to renew it, the Embassy may able to assist. Please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov for more information

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