Kosrae bans entry of international travelers

Palikir, Pohnpei— Like its three other sister states, Kosrae is forced to suspend its hospitality in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the Pacific nation.

Effective immediately, Kosrae will prohibit the disembarkation of passengers from international commercial flights, completing the shutdown of all entry points into the Federated States of Micronesia.

FSM President David Panuelo on Wednesday granted Kosrae Gov. Carson K. Sigrah's request to authorize the temporary closure of the state border, following similar moves by Chuuk, Yap and Pohnpei.

Kosrae's quarantine facility is still under construction, Sigrah told the president.

"The Panuelo-George administration and Governor Sigrah, in addition to Governors Falan, Elimo, and Oliver of Yap, Chuuk, and Pohnpei respectively, agree that it is in the collective interest of the nation to prohibit disembarkation from passengers on international commercial carriers until further notice. Disembarkation of crew, such as for the p