Health and Travel Alert – Delay of Charter Flights from Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu to the United States

Location:  Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu

Event:  U.S. citizens are advised that the proposed Department of State charter flights from Papua New New Guinea and Vanuatu to the United States announced on April 1, 2020 have been delayed unexpectedly.  They will not take place on April 6, 2020 as originally planned.

However, we continue to plan for these charter flights and will provide more information and updated dates at the earliest possible moment.

U.S. citizens who are interested in leaving Papua New Guinea immediately but for whom arriving at Goroka or Port Moresby was not previously possible are further advised that the government’s potential easing of domestic air travel restrictions on April 7th may create an additional opportunity to join the planned international charter service to the United States.

Please check with domestic airlines regarding their flight routes and continue to monitor STEP messages such as this one for additional information about the Department of States charter flights.

U.S. citizens may find the original announcements about the charter flights at the following links.  U.S. citizens who have not already expressed interest in the flights may find instructions for doing so at the links.  If you have already expressed interest, please do NOT do so again.

Please Note:

  • The Embassy cannot guarantee that it will be able to offer assistance to U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.
  • In the event that assistance can be offered, only U.S. citizens and immediate family members are eligible to receive U.S. government support to return to the United States.
  • Under U.S. law, travelers on any potential charter flight organized by the Department of State are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares.
  • Space on any potential charter flights may be limited and would be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis or based on medical or emergency need.
  • Due to the high volume of inquiries and limited staffing, you will not receive a response unless you are confirmed or waitlisted for the potential flights.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.


U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Phone number: +675 308 2100

Email address:




U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444

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