CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION – TRAVEL ADVICE

LATEST INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – 6th APRIL 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
  • On 22 March 2020, Air Niugini ceased operation of all inbound international flights for an indefinite period. Travel exceptions will be extended to critical emergency personnel, diplomatic staff, medical experts and advisers required by Papua New Guinea to maintain the nation's capacity to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  

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

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