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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  
January 19, 2021

Location: Worldwide

U.S. citizens are advised that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director recently signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.

Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.  

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQs.  

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.  

U.S. citizens in countries without adequate COVID-19 testing capabilities or who may not be able to satisfy the above requirements should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.  The Embassy maintains more specific guidance on local conditions, services, and travel options at our COVID-19 information page.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
  • Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
  • Visit the Embassy’s webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
  • Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information updated information on COVID-19 related informationincluding availability of testing.
  • Visit state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Click here for move COVID info.


U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Phone number: +675 308 2100
Email address: ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov
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U.S. Consular Agency in Honiara, Solomon Islands
Phone number: + 677 27429 or + 677 74 94731
Email address: us_consular@usconsular.com.sb and keithieusa@usconsular.com.sb

U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs
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