Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Services for Australians

COVID-19: Key points

Papua New Guinea may impose additional restrictions due to COVID-19, including lockdowns, at short notice. Masks or face coverings are mandatory in enclosed public places, including on aircraft and public transport. There are restrictions on the number of people permitted to gather. Follow the advice of local authorities.

Domestic travel between provinces is restricted. Air travel is permitted but with additional safety measures in place. Provinces may impose lockdowns at short notice to manage COVID outbreaks.

You can't enter PNG unless you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have an exemption from local authorities. You'll also need to provide proof of a COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of your travel. Children aged five and under are not required to be tested. See PNG Government’s COVID-19 website the Air Niugini website for forms and further information.

Australian travel restrictions are subject to change. Please check the Department of Home Affairs website regularly.

We strongly encourage you to read and subscribe to smartraveller.gov.au and follow the AHC on our social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.

Entering PNG

You can't enter PNG unless you're fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have an exemption from local authorities. You'll also need to provide proof of a COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of your travel. Children aged five and under are not required to be tested. See the Air Niugini website for forms and further information.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re no longer required to quarantine after entering PNG unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival or you’re travelling from a country designated as ‘high-risk’. Check PNG Government’s COVID-19 website for updated announcements on which countries are designated high-risk. No unvaccinated travellers are permitted to enter PNG unless they are PNG citizens. If you’re required to quarantine, subject to written approval by PNG authorities, you may be able to complete the mandatory quarantine at your own residence. If permitted to quarantine at home, you'll be monitored through an approved tracking device, either a smart phone application or an ankle bracelet if you don't have a smart phone. The cost of the tracking device is at your own expense.

PNG borders remain closed to all foreign travellers (unless they have an exemption to enter), including those arriving by cruise ships or yacht. The land border between PNG and Indonesia is closed. PNG has banned traditional border crossings between PNG and Australia in the Torres Strait, as well as sea crossings between the Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Entering Australia

Travel restrictions for entry to Australia remain in place, including:

  • Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
  • Exemptions to this restriction apply to New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia, immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
  • There is also an exemption for New Zealand and Pacific Island passport holders who are transiting through Australia on their way home.

Travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility or self-isolate for a period depending on their vaccination statues or the state or territory rules in their port of arrival.

No onward domestic travel is allowed within Australia without first completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in your port of arrival.

For further information on entering or transiting Australia, see the Department of Home Affairs website.

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans.

For urgent consular assistance contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, or 1300 555 135 from within Australia. For non-urgent queries contact [email protected].

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans.

Travel advisory updates

Any new information affecting the safety and security of Australians in PNG will be communicated through the Smartraveller travel advisory for PNG.

Ensure you have subscribed to receive updates.

When we update a travel advisory you're subscribed to, you'll get an email about it. Simply choose all the destinations you want to receive updates for in the Destinations table under ‘Manage your preferences’. You can select individual or all destinations. Or you can subscribe to all destinations in a region in one go by choosing the Region tab. If you wish to receive SMS alerts for critical updates, check the box against the destination(s) and select ‘Receive critical updates by SMS’. Enter your Australian or overseas mobile number in the field below the table. Remember to update your number if you change to a local sim card overseas.

You should also refer to Smartraveller COVID-19 news and ensure you’re a friend of the Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea’s Facebook page and Twitter account as we will provide updates there as well.

 

COVID-19 information and resources​

For the latest advice, information and resources on COVID-19, go to:

Consular assistance

Australians requiring consular assistance may call during business hours from 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Australian High Commission
Godwit Road, Port Moresby
Tel: +675 7090 0100
Fax: +675 325 9239
Email: [email protected]

For urgent consular assistance out of hours please call +675 7090 0100 to be transferred to the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre.

Australian passport services

Passport applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, National Capital District or the Consulate-General in Lae, Morobe Province. An appointment is not required. Lodge applications during business hours from 08:30 to 16:00 Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

In Papua New Guinea, you are required to pay passport fees in PNG Kina by EFTPOS or direct deposit. Cash payments will not be accepted. Fees are subject to indexation. No GST is payable on passport fees.

Notarial services

Notarial services are available during business hours from 08:30 to 16:00 Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. In Accordance with Australia’s Consular Fees Act 1955, fees apply for notarial services. In Papua New Guinea, you are required to pay consular fees for notarial services in PNG Kina by EFTPOS or direct deposit. Cash payments will not be accepted. Fees are subject to change. No GST is payable on consular fees.

See Smartraveller for more information about legalising documents overseas.

Smartraveller

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In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

Visit smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe, or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter.

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