CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION – TRAVEL ADVICE

LATEST INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – 5th May 2020

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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION – TRAVEL ADVICE

LATEST INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) –    6th  APRIL 2020 

Call the COVID19 Hotline Number in Papua New Guinea for information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the latest advice for International Visitors intending to visit or who are currently in PNG?

  • For international visitors who are unable to travel out of Papua New Guinea due to the international travel ban, the Immigration and Citizenship Authority of Papua New Guinea is extending Short Term Visas and considering Change of Status applications - click: ICAPNG public notice
  • Conditional Approvals under the current SOE have been granted for Inbound International Travel, by the Commissioner of Police and Controller of the SOE PNG, per the following MANDATORY requirements. This applies to the following international ports;
    • Brisbane to Port Moresby
    • Cairns to Port Moresby
    • Singapore to Port Moresby
  • Mandatory Requirements are;
    • Passengers must have PNG SOE signed and stamped approval
    • Passengers must have a firm booking into Port Moresby
    • Passengers must show evidence of firm pre-paid accommodation for 14 days at any of the following SoE designated Quarantine Properties – Holiday Inn, Ela Beach Hotel, Sanctuary Hotel, Dixies Bungalows, Grand Papua Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Laguna Hotel and Granville Hotel
    • All incoming PNG stranded passenger names must be provided to [email protected] as Foreign Affairs, will cross-check their list to know the remaining citizens for repatriation.
    • PNG Citizens and PNG permanent residents must contact the PNG Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAIT) to request return. This will normally be via their nearest Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. For PNG citizens if you cannot afford the cost of the hotel you must advise DFAIT of this, DFAIT will then discuss with you to make appropriate arrangements.
    • Incoming approved organisations or persons listed in Schedule 2, National Order No.25 is not required for reporting to DFAIT but must provide the SoE controllers signed and stamped approval. 
    • All non-PNG Citizens and non-Permanent Residents returning to  PNG must be quarantined at a designated hotel in Port Moresby at the individual’s cost.
    • Upon arrival at the designated place,  a person must reside and remain in that place,  self-quarantined and segregated from other persons, for the period beginning on the day of arrival and ending at midnight on the fourteenth day after arrival into PNG.

What is the latest advice for domestic travel in Papua New Guinea? 

  • Air Niugini's domestic flights are now open for travel to all airports in PNG except for the eight airports of Daru, Kiunga, Wewak, Vanimo, Lihir, Buka and Kieta where prior approvals are still required from the SOE Controller.
  • All passengers travelling on Domestic flights are required under the State of Emergency (SOE) Order No.25 to complete the Air Passenger Travel Form (APTF) and have it presented at check-in before travel. Download forms from the Air Niugini Website - www.airniugini.com.pg
  • Air Niugini will resume domestic services beginning 7 April 2020. Services are limited to personnel authorized by the Emergency Controller, see Government of Papua New Guinea's National Emergency Order.  For further information, especially cancelled bookings issued up to 31 March 2020 for travel up to 30 June 2020, please call Air Niugini's customer Customer Services Centre on 1803-444 or 327-3444.  Refer to Air Niugini Public Notice - Resumption of Domestic Services 

What is the latest advice for Papua New Guineans considering travel overseas?

  • You should exercise extreme precaution when traveling outside of Papua New Guinea.  
  • If you are returning from countries affected by the coronavirus – or have come into contact with anyone who has been through an Asian port, you need to monitor your health for the next 14 days. 
  • On 14 March 2020, Prime Minister James Marape declared a 60-day ban on all public servants from official overseas travel. 

What should I do if I have recently been in a country affected by COVID-19?

  • Papua New Guinean citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family (including spouses, dependents and legal guardians) will still be able to enter Papua New Guinea but will be required to be medically cleared by a reputable clinic and hospital based on WHO standards, 14 days after the date they left an international port.
  • These measures are being reviewed every day based on the best available public health advice.
  • For more information visit the Papua New Guinean Department of Health's website.

What precautions should I take?

  • Everyone should practice good hygiene and other measures to protect against infections. These measures include:
    • Washing your hands;
    • Covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing;
    • Avoiding contact with wild or farm animals.

What symptoms should I watch out for?

  • The virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. People may experience:
    • Fever;
    • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches;
    • Difficulty breathing in some cases.
  • If you become unwell and suspect you may have symptoms of novel coronavirus, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Where can I get more information about the coronavirus?

  • For the latest health and travel advice issued by the World Health Organization visit here.
  • For the latest information about the coronavirus in Papua New Guinea visit the Papua New Guinean Government’s Department of Health.
  • If you have urgent questions about the coronavirus you can contact the
    • PNG Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline numbers for coronavirus: +675 7196-0813 or 1800-200 
    • We will continue to update our website as information becomes available.

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Image: Papua New Guinea health worker at the COVID-19 screening section at the Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby. Credit: PNG Department of Health 

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURISM INDUSTRY CONTACTS: 

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority    

Mr. Colin Taimbari            

P: 320-0211 ext. 214 

E: [email protected] 

 

National Capital District Commission     

Ms. Muriel Gerari

P: 324-0659

E: [email protected]

 

Milne Bay Tourism Bureau    

Mr. Sioni Sioni                               

P: 641-1503

E: [email protected] 

 

East New Britain Tourism Authority     

Mr. Gard Renson            

P: 982-8697

E: [email protected]   

 


 

See: UNWTO: Tourism and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and PATA Weekly Recap on COVID-19