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COVID-19 Information for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu
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This page was last updated September 12, 2022.

*** As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. As of June 12, 2022, air passengers are not required to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Vaccination Requirement: All non-U.S. citizens age 18 and older traveling to the United States must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions. See the CDC’s website for details on exceptions/exemptions.

International Vaccination Certificate: If you were vaccinated in the United States, the CDC’s white vaccination card meets requirements as an “international vaccination certificate.” If you were vaccinated in Papua New Guinea, the green vaccination card does not meet requirements. See “Entry/Exit Requirements” for details.

Papua New Guinea

Country-Specific Information

  • U.S. citizens and sponsoring organizations are encouraged to review the PNG 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.
  • All persons 18 years of age or older are eligible for vaccination in Papua New Guinea. U.S. citizens are advised to contact district and provincial health officials to inquire about and/or obtain vaccination services.
  • International air transportation options may be limited by strict routing and transit requirements in third countries.
  • For the most up-to-date information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and the government’s response to the pandemic, please visit the PNG 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.

Are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes, upon request and with possible additional fees for expedited processing. If you are unable to locate testing services, please call PNG’s COVID hotline (1800 200) to ask for assistance.

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. Eligibility for vaccination includes all persons 18 years of age or older. U.S. citizens are advised to contact district and provincial health officials to inquire about and/or obtain vaccination services.

Which vaccines are available in Papua New Guinea? AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm. Boosters are available for eligible individuals.

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. U.S. citizens must obtain a visa prior to travel; visa-on-arrival has been suspended since the beginning of the pandemic. U.S. citizens should consult the Immigration and Citizenship Authority’s website for available options, including eVisas.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No. As of August 5, 2022, no COVID-19 tests are required prior to or upon arrival.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.

Is there a vaccination requirement? Yes. As of September 24, 2021, all foreign nationals traveling to Papua New Guinea must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using an approved vaccine unless they are under age 18 or a citizen or permanent resident of Papua New Guinea. The approved vaccines are: Oxford-AstraZeneca; AstraZenica COVIDSHIELD/SII; Pfizer-BioNTech; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson; Sinopharm-BBIBP; CoronaVac Sinovac; Novavax; Covaxin (Bharat Biotech); Covovax (SIINVX-CoV2373).

Exit Requirements and International Vaccination Certificate: Air Niugini and Qantas Airlines are currently the only commercial air carriers operating flights from Papua New Guinea, and both companies have policies requiring all international flight passengers to be fully vaccinated. Effectively, this means all travelers over the age of 18 departing internationally from PNG must show evidence of full vaccination at check-in, regardless of destination or transit country requirements. Passengers vaccinated in PNG must have the yellow International Vaccination Certificate (issued by PNG National Department of Health and includes the traveler’s date of birth and passport number). Travelers can request an IVC by emailing scanned copies of their passport bio page and blue domestic vaccination card to intvaccinecertificate@gmail.com copying Ms. Martha Pogo martzpogo@gmail.com and Vienna Nonwo nonwovienna@gmail.com. It normally takes about 4 working days to process requests.

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.

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

Travelers should not attempt to enter via the country’s sea borders without first consulting port authorities. Seafarers who enter, even temporarily, in violation of pandemic control measures may be arrested, forcibly quarantined, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of local law and any applicable pandemic-related emergency measures.

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? No.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

Is public transportation operating? Yes, though U.S. citizens are advised to review our Travel Advisory and Country Specific Information regarding security risks related to public transportation in Papua New Guinea.

U.S. citizens are reminded that Australia requires all U.S. citizen passengers, including transit passengers, to possess a valid Australian visa or electronic travel authority prior to travel.

Fines for Non-Compliance

Though the rate of local compliance with pandemic-related measures 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 may present opportunities for fines or harassment by police and security forces.  The National Control Centre has indicated there will be “zero-tolerance” for violating pandemic control measures, and fines will be imposed on violators.

Consular Operations

American Citizen Services

The Embassy is providing all routine and emergency U.S. citizen services.

Visa Services

The Embassy is providing all non-immigrant and immigrant visa services.

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Solomon Islands

Country-Specific Information

The government of Solomon Islands has confirmed community transmission of COVID-19 within the country. Testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited. Most in-country services are operating as normal. The country’s borders reopened to all travelers on July 1, 2022.

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.

Are test results reliably available within one calendar day? 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. The Consular Agency in Honiara can assist with arrangements for testing.

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, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and SinoPharm.

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. As of July 1, 2022, all COVID-19 related travel restrictions have been lifted.  See FlySolomons.com or Solomon Islands government websites for specific travel requirements and details.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. See FlySolomons.com or Solomon Islands government websites for details.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No. See FlySolomons.com or Solomon Islands government websites for details.

Is there a vaccination requirement? Yes. All travelers age 18 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter the Solomon Islands. The final dose of the vaccination must be received four weeks prior to the travel date.

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? No. As of July 1, 2022, quarantine upon arrival is no longer required.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance

Offenders may face fines of up to 15,000 Solomon Islands dollars (approx. $1,850USD) and/or 5 years imprisonment.

Consular Operations

American Citizen Services

The U.S. Consular Agency in Honiara provides services by appointment only. 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 our passport page for more details.

Visa Services

Most visa services require an in-person appearance at Embassy Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. 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 community transmission of COVID-19. The government reopened its borders on July 1, 2022. 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.

Are test results reliably available within one calendar day? No. U.S. citizens should contact Port Vila Central Hospital for specific information as to whether or not a rapid or 24-hour result will be available. If not, U.S. citizens en route back to the United States may wish to consider a stopover in another country en route where a rapid test may be available.

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/covid-19-travel-information.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. There are currently enough test supplies in Vanuatu for exit testing.

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, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and SinoPharm.

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.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? No.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.

Is there a vaccination requirement? No.

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? No.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance

There are fines up to 1,000,000 Vatu (approximately USD9,000) and six months in prison for not adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

Consular Operations

American Citizen Services

The ability of Embassy Port Moresby to provide routine services to U.S. citizens in Vanuatu is extremely 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 our passport page for more details.

If you are in need of other passport and citizenship services, please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov.

Visa Services

Most visa services require an in-person appearance at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You may apply at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, including Suva, Fiji, and various locations in Australia. If you have a prior visa that expired less than four years ago and you wish to renew it, it may be possible to waive the interview requirement. Please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov for more information.

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