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Updated March 23, 2020

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Country-Specific Information:
• The Government of Papua New Guinea has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements:
• As of 1159 on March 23, U.S. citizens are not allowed to transit Singapore en route to the United States.
• As of March 21, all inbound international travel to Papua New Guinea is restricted, with specific and case-by-case exceptions for crew, diplomats, health workers, and other critical personnel.
• Beginning on March 26, Air Niugini will be the only airline conducting outbound international flights, to Brisbane, Cairns, and Singapore.
• However, unless travelers have an approved exemption from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, only Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to enter or transit Australia en route to the United States.  U.S. citizens may face difficulty receiving exemptions if their route requires a domestic connection or an overnight stay in Australia.
• As of March March 23, all domestic air travel within Papua New Guinea is prohibited.
• The land border with Indonesia is closed.
• Visits of cruise ships and yachts carrying more than 15 passengers are banned.
• The above information is subject to change with little or no notice. Please refer directly to the appropriate government authority and to your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Quarantine Information:
• People identified as persons of interest based on screening measures may be denied entry, asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, or may be subjected to government-imposed quarantine at a designated health facility.

Local Resources:
National Department of Health Facebook Page
World Health Organization Papua New Guinea Facebook Page
World Health Organization Website

Other links:
COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
Papua New Guinea Country Information and Travel Advisory Page
Department of State’s Crisis Abroad page
Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows the Embassy to send you information on safety and security.
Latest global situation report from the WHO.

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Country-Specific Information:
• As of March 22, 2020, Solomon Islands has not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Entry and Exit Requirements:
• Only Solomon Islanders will be permitted to board en route to the Solomon Islands.
• Commercial air routes into and out of Solomon Islands are extremely limited.  Solomon Air continues to operated limited international flights.
• However, unless travelers have an approved exemption from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, only Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to enter or transit Australia.  U.S. citizens may face difficulty receiving exemptions if their route requires a domestic connection or an overnight stay in Australia.
• The airport in Munda is closed until further notice.

Quarantine Information:
• People identified as persons of interest based on screening measures may be denied entry, asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, or may be subjected to government-imposed quarantine at a designated health facility.

Local Resources:
World Health Organization Website
World Health Organization Western Pacific

Other links:
COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
Solomon Islands Country Information Page and Travel Advisory Page
Department of State’s Crisis Abroad page
Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows the Embassy to send you information on safety and security.
Latest global situation report from the WHO.

VANUATU

Country-Specific Information:
• As of March 22, 2020, Vanuatu has not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders

Entry and Exit Requirements:
• As of March 21, Vanuatu’s ports of entry are effectively closed.
• On March 18, authorities announced that travel to and from countries with more than 100 COVID-19 cases is prohibited.
• Unless travelers have an approved exemption from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs, only Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to enter or transit Australia.  U.S. citizens may face difficulty receiving exemptions if their route requires a domestic connection or an overnight stay in Australia.
• The above information is subject to change with little or no notice. Please refer directly to the appropriate government authority and to your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Quarantine Information:
• People identified as persons of interest based on screening measures may be denied entry, asked to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, or may be subjected to government-imposed quarantine at a designated health facility.

Local Resources:
Vanuatu Ministry of Health Website
World Health Organization Website
World Health Organization Western Pacific

Other links:
COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
Vanuatu Country Information Page and Travel Advisory Page
Department of State’s Crisis Abroad page
Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows the Embassy to send you information on safety and security.
Latest global situation report from the WHO.