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

This page was last updated on 27 April 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. Please note, however, that while the CDC requires a viral test taken within three calendar days, air service providers and government authorities at third country transit points may specifically require a PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. Accordingly, travelers should have a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of boarding their first flight en route to the United States. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 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. Our ability to assist in these situations may be limited.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Office of the Controller’s latest emergency measures went into effect on 13 April 2021. Supplemental directions were also issued to air service providers regarding domestic travel for persons returning to their habitual place of residence, including persons repatriating to their home countries. The Embassy’s latest COVID-19-related heath and travel alert is here.
  • Papua New Guinea is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited and the health system is severely strained. Access to vaccines is limited. Air transportation options are limited by complicated routing and transit requirements in third countries, and entry to Papua New Guinea requires traveler-specific approval and COVID-19 testing. Interprovincial domestic air travel is restricted to persons returning to their usual place of residence (see here), persons working for approved organizations, or persons who have specific approval from the Office of the Controller or the provincial administrator of the province from which the travel originates.
  • 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. The latest emergency measures related to international travel (Measure 2) and domestic travel (Measure 3) may be found on the left-hand side of the page under the heading “Pandemic Measures.” A consolidated, text searchable version of the most recent emergency measures may also be found here.

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.
  • 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 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 who need testing services in connection with international and domestic travel may obtain expedited services through private medical facilities, including:
    • 2K Medical Clinic
    • Pacific International Hospital
    • ASPEN Medical
    • Sky Health Medical Services
  • Testing conducted through private medical facilities for the purpose of travel may require and appointment and 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 who need tests in connection with travel are advised to request clear estimates of the turn-around time and delivery methods for test results and to pay for expedited processing if needed.
  • Passengers traveling from Papua New Guinea to onward international destinations are required to take an antigen rapid diagnostic test at the time of check-in for their flight. This testing is conducted at no additional cost to the traveler at the car park adjacent to the international terminal at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby. Travelers should arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight to ensure sufficient time for testing. This test requirement is in addition to the requirement to present a negative result from a PCR test administered with 72 hours of check-in.
  • 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? The government is prioritizing vaccinations for health workers and other high risk or frontline populations. Widespread access to the vaccination services is not currently available, and the government has not developed specific guidance on the vaccination of foreign nationals in the country.
  • 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 14 days quarantine at an approved facility (as listed in Schedule 4 of Measure 2 regarding international travel).
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • All travelers are 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 visitors must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no earlier than seven (7) days prior to entry. However, please note that testing requirements may be more stringent in third-county transit hubs (e.g., within 72 hours of boarding).
  • 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 are 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 domestic air travel is restricted to persons working for approved organizations or persons who have approval from the Office of the Controller or the provincial administrator of the province from which the travel originates. 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 incoming travelers are required to quarantine at an government-approved quarantine site for 14 days. A full list of approved quarantine sites may be found in Schedule 4 of Measure 2 – International Travel Measures, which is available at the government’s COVID-19 Information Portal. 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 14 days quarantine in AROB.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but please read this section carefully. Interprovincial domestic air travel is restricted to persons returning to their usual place of residence (see here), persons working for approved organizations, or persons who have specific approval from the Office of the Controller or the provincial administrator of the province from which the travel originates. 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 complicated transit requirements and transit limitations in third countries. Travelers should NOT use airfare aggregator services to book their travel.
  • Air Niugini operates regular flights between Port Moresby and Brisbane (five flights per week), Sydney (one flight per week), Hong Kong (two flights 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.
  • Via Singapore (see below for more information)
    • Qatar Airways – Singapore-Doha / Doha-multiple U.S. destinations
    • Singapore Airlines – Singapore-Los Angeles
    • Emirates – Singapore-Dubai / Dubai-multiple U.S. destinations
    • 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-Los Angeles
    • Qatar Airways – Hong Kong-Doha / Doha-multiple U.S. destinations
    • Emirates – Hong Kong-Dubai / Dubai-multiple U.S. destinations
    • Travelers are generally allowed to transit in Hong Kong to/from Air Niugini flights to/from Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, or Emirates 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-Doha / Doha-multiple U.S. destinations
    • Emirates – Brisbane-Dubai / Dubai-multiple U.S. destinations
    • United Airlines – Sydney-Los Angeles
    • Delta Airlines – Sydney-Los Angeles
    • American Airlines – Sydney-Los Angeles
    • In general, inbound routes (United States to Papua New Guinea) that transit Australia (Brisbane and Sydney) are not currently 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.
      • Authoritative guidance on transiting 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 has resumed online scheduling for routine in-person 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 fully information about services and requirements on our website and use our online scheduling tool when they are ready to make appointments. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged but will be attended to the greatest extent possible based on staffing patterns. The Embassy is closed on U.S. and local national holidays. Consular services are currently only being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 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 passports or 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 student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, or J class visas); employment-based visas (e.g., H and L class visas); diplomatic or official visas; 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. If you believe your case meets one of these criteria, please write to ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of Solomon Islands has confirmed imported cases of COVID-19, but has not documented cases of community transmission. The government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent the further importation and spread of COVID-19. International transportation options are extremely limited and entry requires traveler-specific approval. 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 service 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 significant 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 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 190 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? The government currently has a very limited supply of vaccines that it is prioritizing for health workers and other high risk or frontline populations. Widespread access to the vaccination services is not currently available, and the government has not developed specific guidance on the vaccination of foreign nationals in the country.
  • 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? Yes, but only with specific approval to do so and subject to the availability of limited flight and routing options. Persons wishing to enter the country must secure specific approval from the COVID-19 Oversight Committee. 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. The 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 any 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). During mandatory quarantine, recently arrived travelers must are subjected to at least three (3) COVID-19 tests administered five, 10, and 14 days after arrival.
  • 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-approved 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-approved 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.

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 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 three weeks mandatory training 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.
  • 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 required an in-person appearance at Embassy Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Due to challenges to 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 cases of COVID-19, but has not documented cases of community transmission. The government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent the further importation and spread of COVID-19, including closing of the country’s international borders. 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 significant 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? The government currently has a very limited supply of vaccines that it is prioritizing for health workers and other high risk or frontline populations. Widespread access to the vaccination services is not currently available, and the government has not developed specific guidance on the vaccination of foreign nationals in the country.
  • 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? Yes, but only with specific approval to do so and subject to the availability of limited flight and routing options. Please see the Vanuatu’s Department of Immigration and Passport Services for more information. Moreover, there are currently no regular incoming commercial air options. Travelers who are able to be accommodated on government repatriation flights or other ad hoc flights must register and be approved for their travel through the Vanuatu Electronic Traveler System. Registration should be done as far in advance as possible.
  • 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 arriving passengers are required to complete quarantine at a government-approved site for 28 days. However, at this time there are no regular commercial flights that would facilitate travel to Vanuatu.

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 in less than 24 hours as required by New Zealand authorities. 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 Dubai on Emirates or Doha on Qatar Airways. 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. 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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