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Health Alert: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Location: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu


Event: Implementation of New Country Travel Requirements and Restrictions in Response to Novel Coronavirus

As of February 1, 2020, U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has been informed that, in response to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China, the following requirements and/or restrictions have been implemented for travelers to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, respectively. Please be informed that these requirements and/or restrictions are subject to change without notice.


We strongly advise all travelers to consult the appropriate government authority and with airlines in advance of an up to the moment of travel for the most up-to-date information regarding travel to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.


Papua New Guinea – Immigration and Citizenship Authority https://ica.gov.pg/

• Suspension of all visas on arrival. All travelers are advised to obtain in advance of travel an eVisa online or a physical visa through the nearest Papua New Guinean diplomatic mission or representative office.

• Increased screening of travelers from Asian ports with direct air connections to Papua New Guinea, to include Hong Kong, Manila, and Singapore.

• Refusal of boarding and/or entry of any traveler who has recently visited Hubei Province, China.

• Travelers who have recently been to other parts of China are advised to travel with a health certificate issued by a reputable doctor or hospital according to World Health Organization standards

 

Solomon Islands – Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration http://commerce.gov.sb/index.php?slide=4

• Implementation of a new arrival card questionnaire.

• Possible refusal to board and/or enter for any person who has recently been to a county with confirmed diagnosed case of 2019-nCoV.

• Quarantine and monitoring of travelers arriving in Solomon Islands who have recently visited China and who display symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV.

• Travelers arriving in Solomon Islands who have recently visited China are mandated to report to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Public Health Emergency and Surveillance Unit (+677 23650) if they later develop symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)

 

Vanuatu – Department of Immigration and Passport Services https://immigration.gov.vu/

• Implementation of a new arrival card questionnaire.

• Travelers arriving in Vanuatu who have recently visited China must present a health certificate issued by a certified doctor or other competent health authority.

 

Actions to Take:

• Monitor national and global media regarding 2019-nCoV

• Consult with the appropriate government authority at your destination and your airline to obtain up-to-date information on requirements and restrictions and regarding any flight cancellations

• Consult the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/) website for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

• Seek medical care right away, if you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Wesbite: https://pg.usembassy.gov/

Phone number: +675 308 2100

Email address: ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/usembassypom?lang=en

U.S. Consular Agency in Honiara, Solomon Islands

Phone number: + 677 74 94731 or + 677 27429

Email address: us_consular@usconsular.com.sb

keithieusa@usconsular.com.sb

U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs +1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444

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