Travel Advice Update 18th March 2021

Latest travel information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Papua New Guinea





Papua New Guinea National COVID-19 contact



The Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner, David Manning, released new measures on Domestic and International Travel, Friday 18th March, 2021.  These measures are effective 22nd March 2021. 



For more information on Quarantine Requirements for International Visitors, click: COVID-19 Quarantine Advisory for Incoming Travelers

For information on Flights, visit the Air Niugini Travel Advice - Coronavirus Travel Update 

For information on Papua New Guinea's COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, visit National Control Centre for COVID-19 or call 1800200 or email: [email protected]   

Visit, COVID-19 Health and Safety Awareness materials for advice on how to keep safe during the pandemic. 



  • For more information on Quarantine Requirements for International Visitors, click: COVID-19 Quarantine Advisory for Incoming Travelers
  • Visit the Air Niugini website for information on International Flights: 
  • International Inbound Flights are open to Port Moresby from: Brisbane, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong.  
  • Limited Flights to Australia: As per Air Niugini's media release dated 17th March 2021 - for the period of 18th-27th March, flights to Cairns have been cancelled.  Air Niugini continues its weekly flights to Brisbane but only limited seating will be available after 27th March.  
  • Passengers are still required to get approval from the Controller's Office to travel into the country and must do PCR test with negative results to be allowed to come to PNG within 7 days prior to travel. 
  • Passengers from New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, all Australian states except Victoria, New Caledonia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Palau and Niue who have spent seven days in these countries will now be quarantined for seven days at home or at a designated quarantine facility in PNG. Those needing home quarantine will need the Controller's approval. 
  • Passengers arriving from other international locations still need to quarantine at a hotel for 14 days.
  • All inbound international passengers coming into PNG still need to get Controller Approval in advance.
  • Passengers transiting Port Moresby to Australia or to other locations do not need to get Controller Approval. However, will undergo strict quarantine measures from the Government of Australia. 
  • The Government of Papua New Guinea's Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 is being effected by a Ministerial Committee and National Task Force specifically set up to drive and coordinate the response plan to the COVID-19 outbreak in Papua New Guinea.  Visit the National Control Centre for COVID-19 website.
  • For more information visit the Papua New Guinean Department of Health's website
  • If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please call the hotline numbers: 1800-200 or +675 7196-0813



  • Domestic flights are restricted to those with valid reasons for travel according to the No. 3 Pandemic Measure for Domestic Travel, Effective 22nd March 2021
    • Students returning to their usual place of residence or returning to their educations institution (one way tickets will only be issued); 
    • Persons returning to their usual residence (one way tickets will only be issued); 
    • Essential business travel; 
    • Seeking medical assistance and medivac; and  
    • Emergency transport, including but not limited to repatriation of deceased persons. 
  • Domestic flight passengers are expected to continue to observe COVID-19 measures in safe distancing, wearing of masks, regular hand sanitizing/washing, and are required to fill a National Department of Health form which is to be handed to the Provincial Health Authority upon Arrival. 
  • See: National Pandemic Response Measure 3: Domestic Travel  




What is the latest advice for International Visitors intending to visit PNG?

  • International Inbound Flights are open to Port Moresby from: Brisbane, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong. 
  • 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 below MANDATORY requirements. This applies to the following international ports;
    • Brisbane to Port Moresby
    • Cairns to Port Moresby
    • Singapore to Port Moresby 
    • Manila to Port Moresby 
    • Hong Kong to Port Moresby
  • Mandatory Requirements are;
    • Passengers must have PNG SOE signed and stamped approval
    • Passengers must have a confirmed 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 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? 

  • 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. The forms are provided at all Air Niugini check-in counters in the country. 
  • See: National Pandemic Response Measure 3: Domestic Travel  

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. 

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
  • Visit the WHO - Papua New Guinea Facebook page for information on COVID-19 testing centers in Papua New Guinea. 

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 or call 1800-200. 

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.


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 



PNG Tourism Promotion Authority    

Mr. Colin Taimbari            

P: 320-0211 ext. 207

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