Travel Advice Update 13th May 2021

Latest travel information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Papua New Guinea





Papua New Guinea National COVID-19 contact



The Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner, David Manning, under the Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Act 2020 released new measures on Domestic and International Travel.  These measures are effective 13th May 2021. 



For more information on Quarantine Requirements for International Visitors, click: COVID-19 Quarantine Advisory for Incoming Travelers

For information on Flights, visit the Air Niugini Travel Advice - Coronavirus Travel Update 

For information on Papua New Guinea's COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, visit National Control Centre for COVID-19 or call 1800200 or email: [email protected]   

Visit, COVID-19 Health and Safety Awareness materials for advice on how to keep safe when travelling around Papua New Guinea during the pandemic. 



Permitted Airline Operators: 

  1. Air Niugini 
  2. PNG Air 
  3. Hevilift 
  4. Tropic Air 
  5. Pacific Direct Limited 


  • For more information on Quarantine Requirements for International Visitors, click: COVID-19 Quarantine Advisory for Incoming Travelers
  • Visit the Air Niugini website for information on International Flights: 
  • International Inbound Flights are open to Port Moresby from: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and Federated States of Micronesia.    
  • Travelers coming into Papua New Guinea are required to get approval from the Controller's Office through the COVID19 Travel Desk Team.  Requests for approval to travel must be emailed to [email protected] or covid1[email protected].  Visit Air Niugini's COVID-19 Travel Advice page for the full document list
  • Home Quarantine is no longer accepted as of 15th January 2021. 
  • Passengers arriving from other international locations will need to quarantine at a hotel for 14-days.


  • At the time of check-in, all departing passengers will be tested for COVID-19. 
  • Outbound passengers must also have in hand the Medical Certificate for COVID-19 PCR Test - the test must have been taken 7-days prior to travel. 
  • Passengers traveling Port Moresby to Australia do not require approval from the Controller's Office, however, will undergo strict quarantine measures from the Government of Australia. 
  • Passengers must check the COVID-19 travel measures and documentation imposed by the countries and regions they are flying to. 
  • Visit Air Niugini's COVID-19 Travel Advice page for the full document list

Refence Links: 



  • Domestic flights are restricted to those with valid reasons for travel according to the No. 3 Pandemic Measure for Domestic Travel, Effective 13th May 2021
    • Students returning to their usual place of residence or returning to their educations institution (one way tickets will only be issued); 
    • Persons returning to their usual residence (one way tickets will only be issued); 
    • Essential business travel; 
    • Seeking medical assistance and medivac; and  
    • Emergency transport, including but not limited to repatriation of deceased persons. 
  • Passengers are expected to continue to observe COVID-19 measures by safely distancing in public areas, wearing masks, regularly sanitizing/washing their hands. 
  • Passengers whose temperatures exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be checked-in or allowed to board their flight. 
  • Passengers disembarking flights may undergo COVID-19 tests at the discretion of the Provincial Government Health Authoritites. 

Refence Links: 



COVID-19 Safety: Traveling Papua New Guinea



What is the latest advice for International Visitors intending to visit PNG?

  • International Inbound Flights are open to Port Moresby from: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands
  • Mandatory Requirements are;
    • Passengers must have PNG SOE signed and stamped approval
    • Passengers must have a confirmed booking into Port Moresby
    • Passengers must show evidence of firm pre-paid accommodation for 14 days at any of the following SoE designated Quarantine Properties – Airways Hotel, Comfort Inn, Dixies Bungalows, Ela Beach Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn,  Gateway Hotel, Grand Papua Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Laguna Hotel, Lamana Hotel, Comfort Inn, Hideaway Hotel, LE Guest Haus, Ponderosa Hotel.  For a full list, see: schedule 4 of Measure 2 of the National Pandemic Act 2020, effective 13th May 2021.  
    • All visitors: PNG citizens, non-PNG Citizens and non-Permanent Residents must be quarantined at a designated hotel in Port Moresby at the individual’s cost.

What is the latest advice for domestic travel in Papua New Guinea? 

What is the latest advice for Papua New Guineans considering travel overseas?

  • You should exercise extreme precaution when traveling outside of Papua New Guinea.  

What precautions should I take?

  • Everyone should practice good hygiene and other measures to protect against infections. These measures include:
    • Washing your hands;
    • Covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing;
    • Avoiding contact with wild or farm animals.

What symptoms should I watch out for?

  • The COVID-19 virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. People may experience:
    • Fever;
    • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches;
    • Difficulty breathing in some cases.
  • If you become unwell and suspect you may have symptoms of novel coronavirus, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible or call 1800-200. 

Where can I get more information about the COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea?


Image: Papua New Guinea health worker at the COVID-19 screening section at the Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby. Credit: PNG Department of Health 



PNG Tourism Promotion Authority    

Mr. Colin Taimbari            

P: 320-0211 ext. 207

E: [email protected] 


National Capital District Commission     

Ms. Muriel Gerari

P: 324-0659

E: [email protected]


Milne Bay Tourism Bureau    

Mr. Sioni Sioni                               

P: 641-1503

E: [email protected] 


East New Britain Tourism Authority     

Mr. Gard Renson            

P: 982-8697

E: [email protected]   



See: UNWTO: Tourism and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and PATA Weekly Recap on COVID-19