COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Papua New Guinea (PNG) (14 August Update)

Airlines Restrictions

  • International passenger flights are limited.

  • Air Niugini is currently providing limited services to some domestic and international destinations, including Brisbane and Cairns, Australia. Service to Singapore is for cargo only.

  • Commercial and passenger flights to Buka Airport and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) are operating. Any person arriving in Buka is subject to 14-day mandatory quarantine.

  • Domestic flights from Port Moresby are suspended for at least 14 days starting from 28 July.

  • Inter-Province flight service has suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Border Restrictions

  • Travellers entering Papua New Guinea (PNG) must be tested for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their date of arrival. If the traveller stays for 7 days in Queensland, Australia, before entering PNG, that person may stay 7 days in quarantine, rather than the full 14 days.

  • International travellers must apply for the exemption and include reasons for visiting, by contacting COVID-19 admin logistics.

  • In general, no one may enter the country except for flight crew, health workers, military personnel, and people having a written exemption from the Emergency Controller.

  • Cruise ships or yachts not exceeding 15 passengers will be allowed to enter the port.

  • Only Port Moresby, Lae, and Rabaul ports are open to passengers for sea arrival.

  • Border crossings with Indonesia are closed.

  • The traditional sea crossing from Australia, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands are restricted.

Curfew Restrictions

  • The general state of emergency has been lifted.

  • The government lifted the overnight curfew in the National Capital District and Central province.

  • Western Province and East New Britain Province are still under an overnight curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 (local time).

  • Inter-Province travel has been restricted.

Social Distancing Restrictions and Relaxations

  • Some businesses have reopened, including markets, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, and licensed wholesalers.

  • Schools in several provinces opened with requirements for hand-washing and use of face masks.

  • Public gatherings of more than four people remain banned.

  • Religious and sports activities have resumed.

  • For all services or activities which have opened, all the social distancing protocols should be followed.

Transportation Restrictions

  • Public transportation is operating with limits on passenger capacity.

  • Exit and entry to and from the areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, such as Sandaun, Western Province, East Sepik, West Sepik, as well as other states, is prohibited.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is changing constantly worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.