Australia restricts aeronautical services from Papua New Guinea

    Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated (17-Mar-2021) the coronavirus outbreak in Papua New Guinea carries risks to the Australian people through incoming travellers. Australia’s Government is reviewing the adequacy of pre-departure coronavirus testing and on-arrival quarantine arrangements. Australia’s Government will be working with the Papua New Guinea Government over the coming weeks to investigate options for pre departure testing within 24 hours of departure. Australia will suspend Port Moresby-Cairns service and passenger capacity on Port Moresby-Brisbane service will be reduced by 25%. To maintain emergency supplies and other essential services, freight operations will continue. Charter services from Papua New Guinea into Australia will also be suspended, with limited exceptions for medivac, humanitarian and other critical flights. Australian Border Force will continue to enhance its presence in the Torres Strait.

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