WB How Could the Pacific Restore International Travel?

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are considering how they can restore international travel with the rest of the world. This report outlines three potential sequential phases of border entry policy in PNG and the PICs:
1. Establishing international travel for cohorts of specific types of travelers.
2. COVID-19 safe travel corridors (‘travel bubbles’).
3. A ‘new normal’ – which could involve some combination of: (i) widely available vaccine(s) or treatment; (ii) accurate, rapid diagnostic and antibody testing; and (iii) fit-for-purpose tracing and health-surveillance capacity.