Controller issues new travel directive to airline operators

Tuesday 13 April 2021

The Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Mr David Manning today issued directions for air service providers permitting two groups of people to travel.

This includes students returning to their usual place of residence or returning to their education institution and persons returning to their usual place of residence. In both cases one-way tickets will be issued.

The direction comes into force today (13 April) and continues in force during the period of the pandemic or as amended in writing by the Controller.

Mr Manning said PNG’s total COVID-19 confirmed cases had reached 8,821 as of 12 midday on Monday April 12, with the death toll at 69.

He said more cases are expected today which will inevitably increase the country’s total COVID-19 cases.

He said that is why measures have been put in place to assist the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response. He called upon all citizens to work with the government in containing the further spread of the virus.


The latest Directive can be viewed in details on this  official covid19 website. (Under the Section “Controller Directives”)
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