New PNG Covid restrictions

PANDEMIC controller David Manning has authorised new measures to address the rise in Covid-19 infections in the country, with key changes affecting international and domestic travel as well as social events and business.
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David Manning

Staff Reporter

For international travel, the new measures are:
 
• New quarantine periods:  seven days' quarantine for incoming travellers who are fully vaccinated and 14 days quarantine for partially vaccinated. PNG citizens and permanent residents who are unvaccinated are to be quarantined for 21 days. Any foreign national who is unvaccinated will not be allowed entry into PNG.
 
• Approvals to arrive in PNG are valid for 60 days rather than the previous 90 days.
 
• Approvals to enter PNG shall not be provided to travellers for the principal purpose of holidaying, vacationing or similar activity.
 
• All persons travelling to PNG must have a valid Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to their original port of departure, rather than seven days before departing for Port Moresby. 
 
• All people arriving in PNG must be tested upon arrival and while in quarantine.
 
• If an individual refuses to be tested, they will be quarantined for an additional 14 days.
 
•  All charter flights must — in addition to the normal approvals — have the controller's written approval.
 
Manning said due to the increased threat of the Delta variant, all provinces are now classified as a medium risk, with the exception of Western, Sandaun and West Sepik provinces which are classified has high-risk provinces.
 
For high-risk provinces, gatherings of only 20 people are permitted while night clubs, pubs and similar venues must be closed.

 

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