Policies and Measures taken by PICs towards COVID-19
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade issued a reminder on the relevant measures taken by the Pacific island countries (regions) due to the epidemic by the date of 13 April.
According to the official website of the National Immigration Bureau, Chinese embassy in the relevant countries, Chinese Economic and Commercial Counsellor's Office, WTO and other relevant websites, as well as the statistics of the feedback from the CCPIT's representative offices abroad and some enterprises, as of 13 April, 2020, A total of 191 countries (regions) have taken relevant measures due to the impact of the epidemic, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. This article is mainly for Pacific island countries and regions. If the policies and measures of other countries are needed, please go to the official website of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Measures taken on ships / flights / trains-The deadline is 13 April, and a total of 133 countries (regions) have taken relevant measures. PICs information is as follows:
Papua New Guinea
From 24 March, on the basis of the suspension of international flights, all domestic flights, passenger public transportation and inter-provincial personnel movement will be suspended in addition to the approved flow of goods, drugs and military and police.
From 1 February to 31 March, all direct flights from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) to Palau are temporarily suspended. At the same time, all persons who have departed or transited from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) in the last 14 days (excluding Pa Citizens and those with Pa Yong Residency) are temporarily banned (excluded until 31 March ). All immigration personnel are required to undergo a comprehensive health check upon entry, and are therefore isolated for 14 days after entry.
Flights to Tonga and Fiji were also suspended, with only one flight per week and some flights limited to New Zealand.
Measures taken at border crossings-As of 13 April, a total of 74 countries (regions) have taken relevant measures. PICs information is as follows:
Papua New Guinea
On 4 March, the country entered a state of blockade. During this period, the military and police forces in the border area will be strengthened, and it is forbidden to cross the border of Papua New Guinea on foot or by boat.
Status of measures taken for entry of people-As of 13 April, a total of 175 countries (regions) have taken relevant measures. The information of Pacific island countries is as follows:
Papua New Guinea
All personnel from all countries (including PNG citizens) who have been to mainland China after 31 January will be refused entry, unless the relevant person stays in a country or region other than mainland China for more than 14 consecutive days, the stay time is based on the entry stamp on the passport quasi. Open all 14 maritime port terminals across the country, requiring arrivals and goods to be subject to quarantine observation and related entry inspection and quarantine. Previously, the PNG government only opened the ports of Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul, and all ships could only enter from these three ports.
Since 2 February, all non-Fijian citizens who have been to mainland China within 14 days before entering Fiji are not allowed to enter or transfer in Fiji. Since 28 February, all non-Fijian citizens who have been to Italy, Iran, Daegu City and Cheongdo-gun within 14 days before entering Fiji are not allowed to enter Fiji. All cruise ships intending to enter Fiji must first call Suva or Lautoka. All passengers will undergo health and travel history checks.
All passengers from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions are not allowed to enter by plane or boat.
Federated States of Micronesia
Temporarily prohibit (as of 31 March) those who directly or indirectly depart from any part of mainland China by air or sea transportation after 6 January to enter FSM.
From 1 February to 31 March, all direct flights from China, Hong Kong and Macau to Palau are temporarily suspended. At the same time, it is temporarily prohibited (as of 31 March) that all persons (excluding Palau Citizens and Palau Resident) who have departed or transited from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau within the last 14 days enter Palau. All immigration personnel are required to undergo a comprehensive health test at the time of entry, and to be isolated for 14 days after entry.
Provisions for people who transfer or depart from China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), Italy, Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Spain, France, Bahrain must stay in non-epidemic countries for 14 days and obtain uninfected infections. If they fail to meet the above requirements when they arrive in Samoa, Samoa will repatriate them. All immigration personnel are required to obtain a health certificate issued by a regular medical institution within 3 days prior to arrival. And reduce the frequency of international flights in Samoa. All special planes and cruise ships are prohibited from entering Samoa. All personnel on board the vessel is required to undergo a physical examination before arriving at the port.
Passengers who have been to China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) within the past 14 days are prohibited. Passengers from other countries and regions where there is a confirmed diagnosis of pneumonia are prohibited from transiting through Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru. Passengers travelling from Brisbane, Australia to Solomon Islands will undergo strict inspection before entering the country. In addition to the Port of Honiara, the newly added Port of Noro is a port for customs clearance and quarantine for ocean import and export.
All passengers entering Tonga must fill out the "Passenger Entry Health Declaration Card" upon entry and submit it to the border control team of the Ministry of Health. All international passengers departing from China or transiting through China must conduct a 14-day self-isolation outside of China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). At the end of the isolation period, international passengers should obtain a health quarantine clearance certificate (proving that the passenger has no symptoms of acute respiratory disease) at the last port before entering Tonga 3 days before departure. This restriction does not apply to Tongan citizens, permanent residents and members of their immediate families (if they have visited China within 14 days before arriving in Tonga, they must report to the border control team of the Ministry of Health and undergo a health check-up on their own). International travelers who have not visited China within the first 14 days. All international passengers who enter Tonga are required to undergo health and quarantine measures if they are identified as having a new coronavirus pneumonia symptom by the border control team of the Ministry of Health of Tonga. All international flights and ships entering Tonga must use Tongatapu as their port of entry and undergo quarantine before departing to other outer islands.
From 31 January, passengers coming from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) must provide personal health certificates, and the date of issuance of the certificate should be within 14 to 30 days after leaving the Chinese border, otherwise will be refused to enter.
Countries (regions) that declared a state of emergency, etc.-As of 13 April, a total of 117 countries (regions) have taken relevant measures. The information of Pacific island countries is as follows:
Papua New Guinea
On 22 March, Papua New Guinea entered a 14-day national emergency from 24 March in response to the epidemic.
From 20 March until 17 April, all foreigners are prohibited from entering Tonga. In addition, all Tongan citizens must implement a 14-day quarantine after returning home.
To prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Samoa announced that it will enter a state of emergency starting at midnight on 20 March local time. Those measures are valid for 14 days. The emergency order will prohibit international travel, except for returning Samoa citizens.
At 10:00 on the morning of 26 March, the Vanuatu government announced that in order to effectively prevent and control the epidemic, the entire state of Vanuatu will implement a 14-day national emergency.
Source：China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
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