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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Papua New Guinea
Data Last Updated: September 28, 2020

General Information

Substantially Closed

Papua New Guinea is presently closed to travellers visiting for tourist purposes.

The country has also suspended the issuance of visas on arrival.

Returning citizens or those allowed entry are subject to mandatory testing and/or 14 day quarantine.

Travel Advice Papua New Guinea

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Papua New Guinea continues to implement social distancing measures nationwide amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain banned, though religious congregations and markets are exempt from the restrictions. 

Officials only permit local religious services. Market operators must ensure people maintain 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart. Establishments can only provide alcohol with food orders and observe safe hygiene practices. All nightclubs and bars remain closed, and takeaway alcohol sales can only occur Monday-Friday. Licensed gambling and horse racing venues are only allowed to operate on specific days of the week, and sporting events may occur without spectators. 

Companies that have reopened must comply with government mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19; directives may vary by industry and type of establishment. Tighter restrictions remain in Port Moresby, including a 0001-0500 curfew and requirement for residents to wear face coverings in most indoor areas and on public transport.

Airlines & Transport

Officials are allowing interprovincial travel. However, air services remain restricted to specific reasons, including student travel to or from school, returning to a residence, essential services, business travel, and medical or emergency transport.

Officials no longer require air passengers to seek permission in advance of bookings. 

The land border with Indonesia remains closed and officials have suspended traditional maritime border crossings in the region.

Authorities have increased military deployments to border areas, though some illegal crossings are likely ongoing. Officials are only allowing flights from airports in Brisbane and Cairns, Australia, to enter Port Moresby's Jacksons International Airport (POM). 

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Information for Non-Tourists

Most foreign nationals remain banned from entering the country. Permitted passengers - including Papua New Guinea nationals and permanent residents - must obtain written approval from the National Pandemic Controller's Office before entry.

Authorities require all arriving travelers to receive a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within seven days of travel. No travelers are allowed to enter the country via land and sea border crossings.

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