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Immigration and Border Security Minister Westly Nukundi Nukundj calls for close surveillance at ports as reports of new airborne disease “Coronavirus” kills in China
Nukundj says all travellers entering the country wil be closely monitored by Immigration and officers will be very strict on movement of people coming from China and all other Asian ports as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus which is posing a health threat to the country.
There have been widespread International media reports that this airborne disease has claimed many lives in China and is spreading to other parts of the world.
As the Minister responsible for the government agency that manages the movement of international travellers into Papua New Guinea, it is important that the Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) impose some restrictions.
I would like to make a formal appeal to all government agencies operating on our borders to be very strict on the movement of people.
All government that safeguards our borders including Foreign Affairs ,National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA), Customs, Immigrations and Health in this matter must impose strict measures at all our ports.
All international passengers including those Papua New Guinea citizens travelling to PNG must be imposed with Vaccination Certificates.
Our land border post at Wutung, West Sepik Province must be temporarily closed to prevent travellers from Jayapura, Indonesia from entering the country through the post.
After receiving an official report from the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation several measures will be taken on an interim basis.
These will include temporary suspension of online e-visa for short term “Easy Visitor Permit “for all Chinese and for those intending visitors to apply through the PNG Embassy in Beijing.
NAQIA will also be informed to impose Temperature Monitoring Detectors at the airport to manage and detect international passengers on arrival with very high fever for processing.