The designated operator of Papua New Guinea, Post PNG, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that the Government of Papua New Guinea has officially declared a state of emergency for 14 days, effective from 24 March 2020, as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The lockdown may be extended based on evaluations of the situation during this initial period. The following measures apply:
- Work has been scaled down as of 24 March, to encourage people to stay at home and limit movement within the country;
- Restrictions have been implemented with regard to domestic and international travel;
- Public gatherings have been restricted in order to avoid social contact.
Furthermore, access to postal outlets is subject to restrictions, so as to enable Post PNG to carry out its activities in compliance with the strict measures introduced by the Government. In order to minimize human contact and preserve the personal safety of Post PNG’s employees and customers, it has been deemed necessary to take certain preventative measures.
Therefore, the processing of all inbound and outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will be subject to restrictions. This is expected to remain the case until the end of the pandemic.
The measures implemented will also have repercussions on Post PNG's ability to maintain its sorting and delivery operations. For this reason, service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed and Post PNG is invoking a situation of force majeure with regard to quality of service, until the situation returns to normal.
Post PNG is fully committed to continuing to provide postal services insofar as possible, but written proof of delivery cannot be not guaranteed.
Post PNG Ltd wishes to thank all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.