Yap bans travelers to prevent entry of Covid-19

Yap airport

No traveler will be allowed to enter Yap as part of the national government’s measure to prevent the entry of Covid-19 into the island state.

Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo on Wednesday granted Yap Gov Henry Falan’s request to extend the prohibition on aircraft disembarkation, which was earlier implemented in Chuuk and Pohnpei. Kosrae is not presently receiving air traffic passengers.

The ban on travelers’ entry will continue to be in place until further notice, according to the FSM government.

“While aircraft may continue to arrive in Yap State for the delivery of cargo—and such continued cargo services are encouraged and welcomed—no individual regardless of origin may disembark from aircraft into the FSM States of Yap (as well as Chuuk and Pohnpei),” according to a press release from FSM government.

FSM remains coronavirus-free. Three individuals earlier tested for Covid-19 have been cleared.

“It has become clear that Yap State requires the same assistance to strengthen its quarantine facility capacity as Chuuk and Pohnpei,” Panuelo said. “For this reason, among others, and in the best interest of protecting the nation and its citizens, no travelers may disembark in the State of Yap until further notice.”

The president’s public health emergency declaration also prohibits outbound travel to Covid-19 countries, states and territories.

“Citizens wishing to travel outbound must acquire the government’s approval for special circumstances such as returning to a place of employment abroad, returning to a place of education abroad, and attending the funeral for a death in the family.