Morrison is in breach of govt integrity laws
Port Moresby Harbour is not Fairfax Harbour

Sea border closed between Qld & PNG

Coastline near Papua New Guinea - Indonesia border (Johnny Blades, RNZ)

| Radio New Zealand

AUCKLAND - Border crossing arrangements between Papua New Guinea and Queensland through the Torres Strait have been suspended.

PNG's police commissioner and National Pandemic Response controller, David Manning, has declared the new measure under the National Pandemic Act.

The border suspension prohibits anyone travelling between Australia and Papua New Guinea using the traditional border crossing.

There are exemptions for emergencies including medical, natural disasters and emergencies at sea.

Breaches of the suspension are an offence under the National Pandemic Act and people will be returned to their original port of departure.

Under the new measure the traditional border crossing arrangements established under the Torres Strait Treaty are suspended.

This means there is a prohibition on travel between Australia and Papua New Guinea using the traditional border crossing.

The measures permit a person arriving in PNG on a vessel to remain provided the person does not leave the vessel.

The Pandemic Controller or Western Province Governor or Provincial Administrator are allowed to exempt a person from this measure subject to any conditions they impose.

A person is also exempted from these measures in the event of medical emergencies, natural disasters and other emergencies at sea.

Any attempt to breach the measure is an offence under the National Pandemic Act and the person will be returned to their port of departure at their own cost.

Authorised Officers have been directed to ensure appropriate levels of surveillance and border monitoring are in place throughout the country for international travel and in particular at the traditional border crossing areas.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)