New Guinea (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 21.09.2021
1. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with a “National Control Centre Covid-19 Response” controller approval.
2. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to transit.
3. Passengers must arrive at Port Moresby (POM) from Australia, Cook Isl., Fiji, Hong Kong (SAR China), Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Isl., Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Isl., Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac.
5. Passengers must have an approved International Air Passenger Travel Form (I-APTF). The form can be obtained by sending an email to [email protected]
6. Passengers must have a completed e-Health Declaration Form obtained at . A generated barcode must be presented.
7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for up to 21 days. They must have a hotel booking confirmation.


Detailed Tourist Information

Officials only permit citizens, permanent residents, and fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the country; tourist travel remains banned.

All arrivals must obtain written approval from the National Pandemic Controller’s Office before entering the country. Approval is valid for 60 days for a single entry.

Unvaccinated arrivals must quarantine for 21 days, while partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated travelers can quarantine for 14 days and seven days, respectively. All arrivals must quarantine at an approved facility at their own expense.

Inbound air passengers over the age of five must obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test within seven days before travel and complete an e-Health Declaration Form no more than 24 hours before boarding a flight to Papua New Guinea.

Lockdown Details

Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.

Religious services and funerals can occur with up to 100 people subject to social distancing requirements.

Officials have eased limits on operating hours for most businesses. Restaurant owners must also submit seating area and compliance plans to provincial officials to maintain operations.

Officials have permitted gambling establishments to reopen with specific requirements in place. All nightclubs and bars remain closed indefinitely.

Officials will continue to limit capacity to 15 people on 25-30-seat public transport vehicles nationally. Other public transport, including vessels, can operate at five fewer passengers than capacity; taxis can only carry two customers.

The government mandates face coverings at most indoor locations, including offices, public transport, and airplanes. Exceptions are in place for childcare centers, banks, children under 12 years old, or while eating.

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