COVID-19 travel restrictions: Papua New Guinea

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This article was published on July 18, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Papua New Guinea?

You can enter Papua New Guinea if you follow the current COVID-19 requirements listed below. 

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Can I enter Papua New Guinea if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Papua New Guinea for tourism if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the full course of your vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Papua New Guinea. 

As of April 2022, the following vaccine drugs are approved in Papua New Guinea:

  • BioNTech, Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Oxford, AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm BBIBP, Covilo

Travel documents if I am fully vaccinated 

Please, present both documents:

  • A certificate confirming your vaccination status
  • A negative PCR test result was obtained no more than 72 hours before arriving in Papua New Guinea

Children aged five years and under are exempted from being tested. Travelers under the age of 18 are exempt from the obligation to be vaccinated.

Can I enter Papua New Guinea if I am unvaccinated?

Please note that unvaccinated foreign individuals are not permitted to enter Papua New Guinea for tourism. However, those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 are allowed to enter the country. 

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated 

Please, present both documents:

  • A recovery certificate issued within the last three months
  • A negative PCR test result was obtained no more than 72 hours before arriving in Papua New Guinea

Who cannot enter Papua New Guinea?

At present, there are no other COVID-19 requirements to enter Papua New Guinea other than those mentioned above. 

Can I leave Papua New Guinea?

You can leave Papua New Guinea. Nevertheless, COVID-19 regulations are still in place in every country. Please, take your time to check the necessity of entry declarations and COVID-19 test results in your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • A document confirming vaccination status

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country) or
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Papua New Guinea currently

As of April 2022, the COVID-19 situation in Papua New Guinea is moderate. 

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FAQs 

Is it safe to travel to Papua New Guinea right now?

International travel to Papua New Guinea is safe provided you follow basic COVID-19 rules:

  • Public gatherings are restricted to 100 people except for religious gatherings, schools, educational institutions, markets, shopping centers, and political gatherings
  • Masks are mandatory
  • No sale of alcohol on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nationwide 
  • Public transport operates without restrictions

Is Port Moresby open for travel now?

The capital of Port Moresby is open for tourists now. Please note that to see all capital sights safely, you have to follow COVID-19 restrictions that are the same as in the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Papua New Guinea?

Travelers are obliged to self-isolate for seven days only if they test positive during the on-arrival test in Papua New Guinea. In other cases, quarantine will not be applied to you.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Papua New Guinea?

It is recommended to print out a few copies of COVID-19 documents and carry them with you. 

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