FSM Congress lifts coronavirus travel restrictions

FSM seal (PNC file photo)

The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has passed a resolution this week removing the government’s travel ban on other countries with coronavirus cases.

However, the lifting of the restrictions does not apply to China, according to information posted by the Yap State Government.

At the end of January, the FSM government declared a state of public health emergency in response to the coronavirus threat. With the declaration, the FSM formally enforced a travel ban that prohibited entry to travelers coming from China and other countries with cases of coronavirus.

The FSM national government issued the declaration “to protect the nation and its citizens from the new coronavirus,” according to the Office of the FSM president.

FSM President David Panuelo alsoFS established a taskforce to coordinate all activities related to addressing the health threat. Their duties include the monitoring of individuals who arrive in the FSM for coronavirus symptoms.