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COVID-19 Information for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu
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May 13, 2022

This page was last updated May 13, 2022.

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

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? Yes. Passengers arriving from any country, other than Australia, must test negative on a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Effective April 18, 2022, inbound travelers no longer need to get a COVID test prior to travel to Papua New Guinea.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. A COVID-19 rapid test is administered upon arrival for all travelers arriving from any country other than Australia. If negative, the traveler does not have to quarantine. If positive, a PCR test will be performed to confirm the result. If the PCR test is also positive, the traveler must immediately quarantine for 7 days at the traveler’s expense. The traveler is responsible for the cost of the rapid test (capped at PGK150) and possible PCR test.

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 (currently Oxford-AstraZenica; Pfizer-BioNTech; Moderna; Johnson & Johnson; Sinopharm-BBIBP; and CoronaVac Sinovac) unless they are under age 18 or a citizen or permanent resident of Papua New Guinea.

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. All arriving passengers will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival. If negative, the traveler is free to depart the airport and no quarantine is required. If positive, the traveler must immediately quarantine for 7 days at the traveler’s expense.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but international flights can be challenging given requirements imposed by airlines and airports at transit locations.

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.

Air Niugini and Qantas Airlines are the only commercial airlines flying international routes into or out of Papua New Guinea. Air Niugini operates regular flights between Port Moresby and Brisbane, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Manila. Qantas operates flights between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

Important Notes for all travelers:

  • U.S. citizens intending to depart or enter Papua New Guinea are advised to work directly with the airline, or with a reputable and knowledgeable travel agent. Note that the the availability and viability of routes may change without notice.
  • U.S. citizens should check with airlines to verify any requirements at transit locations along your route.
  • 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. 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.

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.

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 at the Ministry of Health’s field hospital in Chinatown. Procedures for obtaining a test often change frequently; contact the Consular Agency in Honiara for the latest information: +677-23426.

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, but with strict requirements for pre-approval for travel. See details at Solomon Airline’s website.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. Contact NHEOC_REPAT@moh.gov.sb for detailed instructions on how to provide the results of your tests. In most cases, multiple pre-departure tests are required.

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. The length of quarantine depends on the country or countries from which you are arriving or have traveled through en route to Solomon Islands.

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.

For the most up-to-date guidance on entering Solomon Islands, please see the Solomon Islands government’s latest Travel Advisories and Solomon Airlines’ travel advice page.

U.S. citizens who need to extend their visas should consult the Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour, and Immigration.

Travelers should not attempt to enter via the country’s 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 crew members 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.

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.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes. For more information on possible flight options, please visit Solomon Airlines.

Is public transportation operating? Yes, with strict limits on the number of passengers. All passengers must be fully vaccinated and carry a vaccination certificate.

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 is currently closed to the public. 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 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.

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, in limited circumstances and only with specific approval to do so, subject to the availability of extremely limited flight and routing options.

Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes, results of a SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal PCR test administered within the 72 hours hours prior to departure is required for all incoming passengers as a part of the Ministry of Health registration process.

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.

Travel to/from Vanuatu is extremely limited. See Air Vanuatu’s COVID-19 Information Hub for further details.

If a U.S. citizen has an expired passport, please contact ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov to discuss options for travel using the expired passport.

Travelers should not attempt to enter via the country’s 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 crew members 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.

Movement Restrictions

Is a curfew in place? No.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No, though the government may impose domestic travel restrictions at any time with little or no advance notice.

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 14 nights (15 days).

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Domestic flights are operating as normal. There are very limited options for outbound international air travel.

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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