Pohnpei recently hosted the first ever Micronesian Exposition, 2022 which was a success amid the Covid-19 lockdown which was the primary resolve for this activity. The porters of FSM has been under lockdown for the past two and half years keeping the people within safe from Covid- 19.
The Expo organized to stimulate the state of idleness in the FSM concerning tourism and trade. As Capital of the FSM, it was our honor to take the lead in hosting the first ever Expo held in the Pohnpei. The event was a success amid the entrance of the threaded Covid-19 virus which claimed the first victim (s) on the 19th of July, 2022. However, fortified with determination and strength, the virus did not deter the activities from concluding successfully. Our next event and hosting state will be announced soon.
FSM Border Opened up
President of the FSM message regarding opening of border, which was officially opened August 1 st , 2022. Below is the original message from the President’s office, Quote;
“Anyone who wishes to travel to the FSM will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster doses if eligible, and must have physical possession of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted via a PCR test within 72 hours of their departure from Hawaii or Guam to the FSM.”
“So, for example, if you have a flight at 8:30am on August 1st, 2022, from Guam to Pohnpei, you must get a PCR test sometime after 8:30am on Friday, July 29th, 2022.”
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From December 2019 to July 17, 2022, Pohnpei Port Authority (PPA) has been in the forefront of guaranteeing the safety and security of combating COVID-19 from entering its Point of Entry. When the FSM National Government and Pohnpei State Government declared the State of Emergency of COVID-19 Pandemic, PPA shifted its focus toward COVID-19 and implemented the PPA COVID-19 Contingency Plan that consists of preparation and preventive measures. FSM Taskforce, Pohnpei State Taskforce, UNICEF, IOM, FSM Department of Health, Pohnpei Primary Health Care, Pohnpei State Hospital, and private businesses were prompt to support PPA to safeguard the borders of Pohnpei State.
Preparation and Preventive Measures 2020
Drastically, PPA seized activities regarding the Pacific Asia Travel Associations (PATA) due to the National and State Government’s Constitutional Order or Executive Orders that restricted air and sea transportations. Due to FSM citizens stranded in Guam and other countries, PPA worked diligently to meet with FSM COVID-19 Taskforce requirements and compliances regarding safety procedures of operating repatriation flights. Pohnpei International Airport assessed and met the requirements and compliances from FSM COVID-19 Taskforce and operated the first repatriation flights to Pohnpei State.
Repatriation Flight for Stranded Citizens in Guam 2021
On July 19, 2022, the first 3 COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed on the Island of Pohnpei and these cases were from the communities that multiply as each goes by. PPA implemented the PPA COVID-19 Safety Operation Plan to cope with COVID-19 community-wide spread and maintain consistent port operations.
Finally, the Healthy Protection Border Act mandated the opening of the FSM Point of Entries and the Pohnpei International Airport first flight was on August 1, 2022. Now PPA recur all types of operations and services with COVID-19 preventive measures.
Pohnpei International Airport Open Border: 1st Flight on August 01, 2021