Wednesday 25 November 2020
POLICE Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Mr David Manning has directed that all persons including PNG citizens will now pay for their quarantine costs when arriving into the country.
This includes the costs of the quarantine at hotels and the wearing of tracking devices or phone tracking applications which is conditional for those who have applied for home quarantine, or for those in hotel quarantine that have arrived from high risk countries.
These are among the new requirements under Measure Two on International Travel approved by the Controller on 13 November 2020 and becomes effective on December 1, 2020.
Mr Manning said the tough economic situation being brought about by the Pandemic and its effect on the economy had resulted in this decision to save the much needed funds for use in other areas also important to the country’s COVID-19 response.
Mr Manning has also directed that persons arriving into the country from destinations away from Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island countries be subject to being monitored by an approved tracking device or tracking application at their own cost.
The direction will become effective from Tuesday 1 December 2020.
“This is for both citizens and non-citizens and includes those that are approved to be home quarantined to use tracking technology.
“We are doing this because of great concern that people are not adhering to strict quarantine rules especially those from the countries away from Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island countries.
“They will remain quarantined for 14 days on arrival and must remain in that place, self-quarantined and segregated from other persons for 14 days,” Mr Manning said.
Mr Manning said those arriving from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific island countries will continue to be quarantined for 7 days, however will only be required to use tracking technology if approved home quarantine.
The Controller warned that those who fail to adhere to these strict-conditions could be declared persona non grata and face deportation if they are non-citizens while citizens will be penalized according to the National Pandemic Act 2020 (K50,000 and/or 7 years imprisonment).
“There is evidence of an increase in cases in the country as per recent statistics. I am concerned that we have not done enough testing. We must therefore maintain vigilance and continue to enforce strict monitoring and surveillance of people entering the country.
“I have urged our health officials to increase COVID-19 tests to enable us to have a real picture of the presence of COVID 19 in the country,” Mr Manning said.
Copies of the revocation of the previous measure plus the new Measure Two-International Travel can be viewed in details from this covid-19 official website.
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