Friday 19 March 2021
The Controller of the National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner David Manning said the international travelers port of entry to PNG is through designated airports and ports as described under the new measures released on Thursday March 18.
The Controller said the designated port of entry by aircraft is Jackson’s Airport and for vessels it is the ports of Motukea in Port Moresby, Rabaul, Lae, Madang and Kimbe.
This is measure 2 of the 12 measures released by the Controller which comes into effect on Monday 22nd of March, 2021.
As per measure 2 – International Travel, the port of entry for aircrafts or vessels coming from another country into PNG shall only be from the designated port of entry until the end of the declaration of the pandemic.
Other features of Measure 2 include:
- No aircraft coming into PNG from another country shall have an entry at a port of entry in PNG unless the aircraft is departing from a designated airport in a country or region (Schedule 2), and the aircraft is operated by Air Nuigini, PNG Air, Hevilift, Tropic Air and Pacifica Direct Limited or exempted in writing by the Controller.
- No person shall cause a vehicle, vessel or aircraft to arrive at a port of entry in PNG which is not declared a first port of entry. No person is permitted to board an aircraft bound for PNG unless provided an exemption in writing by the Controller or his delegates.
- No person is permitted to board an aircraft bound for PNG unless they were tested for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to boarding an aircraft and the test result returned negative of COVID-19.
- All travellers are required to complete the e-Health Declaration Form prior to boarding a flight into PNG.
- All persons entering PNG must be quarantined at a designated hotel in Port Moresby for 14 days.
- Foreign personnel traveling on a diplomatic travel document or diplomatic passport are exempted from the requirements but must be quarantined at an appropriate residence for the period of 14 days.
- A couple or family shall be quarantined together should they enter PNG on the same flight.
- Persons unable to live independently without ongoing or regular support due to significant health needs, and their carer who arrives in PNG from overseas may also be quarantined together with suitable arrangement being made for accommodation.
- Any person may leave a designated place prior to the end of their designated quarantine for the purpose of obtaining emergency medical care or with authorisation from the Controller.
- A person who refuses to comply with a request to undertake COVID-19 PCR test whilst at quarantine shall be quarantined for another 14 days from the date of refusal to be tested at the individual’s cost.
- Upon arrival at the designated hotel, a person is required to surrender his/her passport to the hotel and the hotel takes custody of the passport until the duration of the 14-day quarantine.
- A person who fails to adhere to the conditions imposed by the Controller shall be deemed to have committed an offence under the Pandemic Act 2020.
- These measures are in compliance with COVID-19 measures issued by the International Civil Aviation Authority.
- Authorised officers shall ensure appropriate levels of surveillance and border monitoring systems are in place throughout the country for international travel and in particular at the border crossing areas.
- These measures shall remain in force until the end of the declaration of the pandemic under the National Act, 2020 or as varied or revoked by the Controller.
Measure 2 can be viewed in details on this covid19 official website.
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