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Health and Travel Alert — Update on Air Travel Due to COVID-19 Situation in Victoria, Australia
July 9, 2020

Location:  Papua New Guinea

The Embassy was recently informed that, due to the COVID-19 situation in Victoria, Australia, airlines are not permitted to bring international passengers into Melbourne Airport, and international arrivals to Sydney Airport are capped at 450 passengers per day with a maximum of 50 passengers per flight. These restrictions were implemented beginning on July 3rd and will be in effect for at least 14 days.

While the Embassy in not currently aware of any impact on approved travel into and out of Brisbane, the airport restrictions implemented in Melbourne and Sydney may have flow-on effects for airport operations in other parts of Australia. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, there is no guarantee about the operation and frequency of international flights into Australian airports at this time.

In accordance with our prior update on commercial air travel, the Embassy advises that U.S. citizens with an urgent need to travel between the United States and Papua New Guinea look for options that transit Brisbane and that do not involve domestic travel within Australia. Visa and entry/transit requirements detailed in that update still apply.

U.S. citizens who do not have an urgent need to travel may wish to consider delaying travel until such time as the situation in Australia becomes more certain. All travelers are strongly advised to consult with relevant airline(s) regarding any impact on flights and travel plans.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Phone number:            +675 308 2100

Email address: ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/usembassypom?lang=en


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
+1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444

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