This was said this week by Prime Minister James Marape. "We will start relaxing some travel restrictions on testing, clearance and quarantine, so that we can open up our economy again," he said.
The National newspaper reports that Marape particularly wants to see more tourists coming to PNG to inject life into the industry which had been badly affected since the lockdown began in March.
Most of the people visiting the country now are for business purposes only, Marape said, adding that the pandemic was one of the "biggest challenges in our history".
While domestic travel restrictions have already been lifted, airlines had resumed flights to most airports around the country.
Restrictions on international travel have largely remained, with everyone arriving at Jacksons International Airport required to quarantine for 14 days in Port Moresby.
The 13 provinces which reported cases this week included National Capital District (301), Western (189), Central (7), Morobe (5), East Sepik (3), East New Britain (2), West New Britain (2), Milne Bay (2), and one case each from Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, West Sepik, New Ireland and Autonomous Region of Bougainville.