Manning bans traditional border crossings as PNG COVID-19 cases exceeds 4,000

Thursday 25 March 2021

Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning has issued a direction banning all traditional border crossings with immediate effect on Wednesday March 24 as the country’s COVID-19 confirmed cases went over 4,000.

Under the new direction issued by Mr Manning:

  • The land and sea borders between Papua New Guinea and Australia, Indonesia and Solomon Islands are to remain closed;
  • All cross-border travel between Western Province and Torres Strait, including traditional Treaty Village travel, accept as authorized in writing by the Controller is banned; and
  • PNG Treaty Villages shall seek medical treatment at Mabaduan clinic or Daru General Hospital.

Mr Manning further directed that the borders will remain closed for an indefinite period and cross-border travel will not be allowed until further notice.

“COVID-19 virus transmission within our community is alarming and it is important that the PNG Government continues to take strong measures to protect the health of its people.”

The new Direction can be viewed in details  on  the covid19 official website.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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