COVID-19

We're here to keep you informed with an up-to-date central resource on regulations around the Pacific. 

We'll be updating this page with news as regulations change, as well as the contact details of those who can help you in different nations around the Pacific.


The team at National Pacific

PACIFIC TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS & UPDATES

With an emerging situation, we'll be keeping you up-to-date as events develop across the Pacific. We're here to help and are available by Skype, Whatsapp, phone or email to answer your questions about the situation in this part of the world, with regular updates from border control and ministries of health across the region.  

We're in touch with Customs and are able to update you further and expand on information as it comes to light. Please don't hesitate to contact our team if we can help. 

NEXT UPDATE
12 MAY
13:30 GMT+13

New Zealand

Updated
8 May

13:00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - New Zealand's borders have closed to all but permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.  


  • New Zealand is under a four week shutdown - level 4. See what that means, here. 


  • Self isolation for new resident or citizen arrivals to the country is not allowed onboard vessels within any Panuku Marinas - Silo or Viaduct. 


  • Anyone symptomatic arriving into New Zealand, unable to demonstrate an ability or willingness to self isolate, or travelling to a further domestic destination without the ability to do so in isolation will be taken to a quarantine facility for 14 days. 
 


  • There are currently 1,490 identified cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

  • Contact us for further information
    Links
    Covid-19.govt.nz

    New Zealand Ministry of Health website 
     

French Polynesia

Updated
27 April 

13.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - Non-residents or citizens are no longer allowed to enter French Polynesia. 

  • International flights to French Polynesia have ceased until further notice. 

  • Cruise ships will be stopped from entering French Polynesian waters for at least a month. 

  • Travel outside the home is now severely curtailed and a certificate is needed 

  • 57 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in French Polynesia. 

  • Self quarantine mandatory for 14 days from the day of arrival at Tahiti-Faa'a airport, on the island of Tahiti. Sanctions, forced quarantine and criminal prosecution possible for non-compliance.

  • Links between Tahiti and Moorea restricted. 

  • Non-resident travellers are not able to travel between Tahiti and outer islands, and fly inter-Island. Only domestic return flights to Tahiti are allowed. 
    Links
    Tahiti Tourisme - health control form information​
    Haut-Commissariat de la République en Polynésie Française - updates 

Fiji

Updated
27 April
10.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - All foreign-flagged vessels are prohibited from entering Fiji. 

  • Fiji's borders are now closed to non-residents or citizens.

  • Suva in lockdown. 

  • Restrictions on inter-island vessel movement have come into effect as of 29 March - only freight services will continue. See here for more details 

  • Everyone in the Lautoka confined area must stay within that zone

  • Domestic flights suspended from 30 March. 

  • No transits are being allowed through Fiji from other countries, including other Pacific nations. 

  • 18 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 

  • Links 
    Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services 

Samoa 

Updated
27 April 

07.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - Samoa is officially in lockdown.

  • State of emergency declared.

  • All international flights suspended, except with exceptional circumstances and Cabinet approval. 

  • Ship access to Apia wharf is limited specifically for the purposes of trade, fishing, and petroleum, and the Ministry of Health is required to continue with the approved medical clearance of all crew members. 

  • Compulsory screening of all passengers and crew arriving to Samoa is in effect at all ports of entry.

  • No public gatherings of more than five people. 

  • All garbage from air craft and sea vessels ashore now prohibited. 

  • One suspected case of Covid-19 reported but confirmed negative
    Links 
    Samoa Ministry of Health updates
    Download - Updated Health Travel Advisory - Govt of Samoa. 

American Samoa

Updated
03 April

07.00 GMT +13

  • 14 day quarantine on arrival for travellers from affected countries 


  • All entry permits suspended until further notice.


  • For all travelers coming to American Samoa, be prepared to fill in the Health Declaration form and list all the countries and/or states you have been to.


  • Public health emergency declared. 
    Links
    American Samoa Immigration Office 

Cook Islands 

Updated
02 April 

09.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - A temporary ban on all cruise ships, pleasure crafts and yachts entering Cook Islands waters will be effective from 16 March, 2020 and at this stage through to 30 June 2020, subject to weekly review. 


  • The Cook Islands is under Code Yellow - contained but the risk of community transmission is growing. Mass gatherings banned, liquor licenses of bars and restaurants cancelled. 


  • The Cook Islands is employing a flag system. If you see these flags flown outside a household, it's important to respect their meaning. Orange is used to indicate someone in the household is elderly or high risk. Yellow says the house is under supervised quarantine. Red is used to indicate a person in the household is a confirmed case of COVID-19. White signals medical attention is required.


  • Anyone intending to enter Rarotonga from any country (with the exception of New Zealand) is required to self quarantine in New Zealand for 14 days. 


  • People wishing to travel to the outer islands from Rarotonga will need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine supervised by Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health.  


  • No cases of Covid-19 reported

    Links 
    covid19.gov.ck​
    Cook Islands Ministry of Health website

Vanuatu

Updated
7 April

07.00 GMT +13

  • *IMPACTED BY TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD

  • CLOSED - State of emergency declared

  • Communications down in some areas due to Tropical Cyclone Harold.

  • All Vanuatu Ports of Entry are closed except for cargo ships. International arrivals by pleasure yachts are banned until further notice. All borders are closed for 90 days.

  • No cases of Covid-19 confirmed. 

  • Check yacht clearance protocols here 

  • Links 
    Vanuatu Customs & Inland Revenue website

Australia 

Updated
27 April

10:30 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - Australia's borders are now closed to non-residents or non-citizens. 

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents are restricted from travelling overseas - this does not apply to maritime crew and New Zealanders - see conditions here

  • Border closures are in place between some states. 

  • Widespread lockdown through some states for a period of 90 days.

  • Pubs, licensed clubs, hotels, places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos have closed, while restaurants are takeaways only. 

  • Anyone citizens or residents arriving in Australia from overseas by plane will be required to self isolate for 14 days, including rotational yacht crew. 

  • 14 day self-isolation procedures for superyachts. The 14 day period commences from the day of departure from the last overseas port of embarkation. Therefore for a vessel travelling for 10 days prior to arriving first Australian port, the self-isolation period will only be the remaining four days. This is only applicable provided no personnel onboard falls ill or displays symptoms of illness. 

  •     6,713 confirmed cases of Covid-19 
    Links 
    Australian Department of Home Affairs website

Papua New Guinea

Updated
27 April

10.00 GMT +13

  • OPEN - State of emergency declared, restrictions on visas. 


  • Some domestic flights and transport resumed as of 6 April, restrictions on international flights continue. 

  • Ban on all passengers who have travelled through mainland China within 14 days of arrival, including citizens and permanent residents. 


  • Visa on arrival services suspended for travellers from other countries, though foreign nationals can obtain electronic visas. 


  • Health declarations required on entry, thermal scanning in use at Port Moresby's Jacksons International Airport (POM) and other ports of entry. 


  • Eight Covid-19 cases. 
    Links 
    Download - PNG response plan for Covid-19 

New Caledonia

Updated
1 April

10.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - All international flights into New Caledonia suspended. 

  • New Caledonian residents being repatriated from overseas. 

  • Entry to New Caledonian waters prohibited. The entry of international ocean liners, fishing boats and pleasure vessels into the internal and territorial waters of New Caledonia is prohibited. This measure does not concern ships already present which would have to leave the waters of New Caledonia, and then re-enter them, as long as they do not make a stopover abroad and the crew has no contact with persons on board another vessel coming from international waters.

  • Closures of non-essential businesses, schools and other education providers in place

  • 18 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
    Links 
    Gouvernement de la Nouvelle Caledonie

     

Tonga 

Updated
02 April

10.00 GMT +13

  • CLOSED - All international cruise ships and yachts which were scheduled to arrive after the 19th of March 2020 will not be granted entry into Tonga until further notice 


  • State of emergency declared. 


  • The Tonga Border is to remain closed until 12 June 2020. Curfew is to remain from 9:00pm to 5:00am. Bars, nightclubs, clubs and kava Tonga are to remain closed.  Church to be observed on Sundays. Funeral gatherings limited to 20 indoors and 40 outdoors. 


  • No confirmed cases of Covid-19.
    Links 

    gov.to

Niue

Updated
02 April

10.00 GMT +13

  • Niue 
CLOSED - Entry refused to all yachts for 2020 season and until further notice. 


  • Only returning residents allowed to enter Niue and they must quarantine for 14 days. 


  • No confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Galapagos

Updated
15 April

10.00 GMT +13

  • Galapagos 
CLOSED -

  • All entry by land, sea or air closed until further notice. 

  • 73 cases of Covid 19 
    Links 
    Bio Seguridad Galapagos

Selected in-country
contacts
New Zealand 
National Marine Pacific
Marinelogix

info@mlx.co.nz
+ 64 21 616 407

French Polynesia
Seal Superyachts Tahiti 
Fiji
Yacht Help Fiji
Samoa
National Marine Pacific
Cook Islands
Marinelogix
Vanuatu
Seal Superyachts Vanuatu
Australia
Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef 

This page is being continually updated with contacts and new regulations. Please get in touch with our team if you have anything we can add to this information. 

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