12 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: FSM lifts national travel restrictions

4:29 pm on 12 March 2020

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has removed travel restrictions on people travelling from Covid-19 coronavirus affected countries, states, and territories.

A passenger wearing a protective face mask in Linate Airport in Milan.

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Last month, President David Panuelo signed a declaration banning travel by people from the FSM to countries with confirmed cases of the coronavirus and said those coming to Micronesia should spend 14 days in an area without the virus.

Now those restrictions have been removed and only travellers from Hubei Province are still banned from travel to the FSM, and local citizens are also banned from travelling to the Chinese province.

The government still strongly encourages all its citizens to limit unnecessary travel.

With the travel restrictions lifted on a national level, individual FSM States are continuing their own measures with the Pohnpei requiring all incoming passengers to be quarantined for 14 days.

Countries including Vanuatu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Tonga have brought in health checks and turned away cruise ships in recent weeks.

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