COVID-19 Information

Updated July 9, 2020

Due to worldwide precautions and limited resources, U.S. Embassy Port Moresby continues to prioritize emergency and mission-critical consular services, particularly for U.S. citizens. Routine consular services, including the processing of non-emergency visas, remain suspended.  The Department of State and the Embassy continue to evaluate global and local conditions that would enable the resumption of routine services.

If you are a U.S. citizen in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu and you have not enrolled in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), please do so now.  If you are a U.S. citizen and your passport is lost, expired, or nearing expiration (within the next six months), or you otherwise need a replacement urgently—or you would like to request some other emergency service—please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov.

If you are not a U.S. citizen and you have a compelling, emergency need for a visa service, please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov and provide as much information as possible about your circumstances.

If you have a truly life-or-death emergency, please call the duty officer at (+675) 7200-9439.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Country-Specific Information:

The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.

General Conditions, Entry, and Exit:

Under its National Pandemic Act of 2020, the country has enacted various emergency orders related to public health and domestic and international travel.  You may find more information about the country’s COVID-19 response and about measures put in place at https://covid19.info.gov.pg/.

All inbound passengers must:

  • Obtain written approval to enter PNG from the National Pandemic Controller’s Office.  Prospective travelers should write to covid19-travel@police.gov.pg to request instructions and approval, as appropriate
  • Be in possession of a valid PNG visa. Processing of visas on arrival is suspended until further notice.
  • Be in possession of a COVID-19 diagnostic test (PCR tests only) showing a negative result. The test must have been administered as close to the travel date as possible and no sooner than 14 days prior to travel
  • Quarantine at a government-designated hotel for 14 days following entry.  Travelers should present proof of their reservations as requested and/or during check-in with airlines
  • Carry a completed Air Passenger Travel Form and a copy of their passport.  This form may be presented during check-in with airlines

There are multiple commercial air options for U.S. citizens who wish to depart Papua New Guinea en route to the United States. These routes may also facilitate travel from the United States to Papua New Guinea. At present, all options route through Brisbane, Australia. Air Niugini is the only carrier operating regular commercial service between Port Moresby and Brisbane. U.S. citizens should carefully review requirements for transiting Australia.

From Brisbane, the following carriers are currently operating commercial air service viable for return to the United States:

  • Air New Zealand – Brisbane to Auckland and Auckland to Los Angeles.
  • Qatar Airways – Brisbane to Doha nonstop and Doha to multiple destinations in the United States.
  • Emirates – Brisbane to Dubai nonstop and Dubai to multiple destinations in the United States.

U.S. citizens transiting Auckland must have a valid New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), must have no more than 24 hours transit time in Auckland, and must not leave the airport. U.S. citizens should carefully review requirements for transiting New Zealand.  For all routes, U.S. citizens should look for options that minimize transit time in Brisbane to the greatest extent possible. Transit times of more than eight hours require a valid Australian transit visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), an Australian Border Force exemption, and may require quarantine in a designated hotel at the traveler’s expense.

U.S. citizens are advised that domestic travel from Brisbane to other parts of Australia, even to catch onward international flights, is not possible.  For Qatar Airways and Emirates, look for nonstop routes from Brisbane to Doha and Dubai (not routes that stop in Sydney first).

Singapore Airlines is also operating regular commercial air service between Brisbane and Singapore and between Singapore and the Los Angeles. However, at present, U.S. citizens in Papua New Guinea are not advised to take this route, as Singapore Airlines may cancel reservations for any passenger that does not originate at certain approved ports.

Quarantine Information:

All incoming travelers must undergo a 14 day quarantine at a government-designated hotel.  Travelers must provide evidence of their 14-day reservation at an approved site.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Country-Specific Information:

As of July 9, 2020, Solomon Islands has not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

General Conditions, Entry, and Exit::

The country is currently under a State of Emergency, during which national and provincial governments have enacted various measures to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19.

Solomon Islands’ ports of entry are closed and there are not currently regular international commercial air routes into our out of the country.  Limited Solomon Islands government-organized repatriation flights operated on an occasional basis, though foreigners are generally not permitted on such flights. Any exceptions for foreigners must be approved by the office of the Prime Minister.

U.S. citizens who are currently in Solomon Islands and who wish to return to the United States at the earliest available opportunity are advised to complete our repatriation interest form, though at this time the Embassy does not anticipate additional U.S. government charter options.  Due to the possibility of an extended disruption in travel options, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

The above information is subject to change with little or no advance warning.

Quarantine Information:

People identified as persons of interest based on testing and screening measures may be required to undergo quarantine at a government-designated site.

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VANUATU

Country-Specific Information:

As of July 9, 2020, Vanuatu has not confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders

General Conditions, Entry, and Exit::

The country is currently under a State of Emergency, during which national and provincial governments have enacted various measures to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19.

Vanuatu’s ports of entry are closed and there are not currently regular international commercial air routes into our out of the country.  Limited Vanuatu government-organized repatriation flights are operating on an occasional basis, though all foreigners are generally not permitted on such flights.

The Department of State conducted a repatriation flight of U.S. citizens to the United States on April 8, 2020.  U.S. citizens who are currently in Vanuatu and who wish to return to the United States at the earliest available opportunity are advised to complete our repatriation interest form, though at this time the Embassy does not anticipate additional U.S. government charter options.  Due to the possibility of an extended disruption in travel options, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

The above information is subject to change with little or no advance warning.

Quarantine Information:

People identified as persons of interest based on testing and screening measures may be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government-designated site.

Local Resources:

Other links: