The FSM national government has lifted the travel ban on visitors coming from countries and territories affected by the coronavirus. However, individual states are enforcing their own stricter regulations to protect their communities.
The FSM Congress issued a resolution on Wednesday removing the travel restrictions enforced by FSM President David Panuelo.
Under the new guidelines, only travelers from Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China are still banned from traveling to the FSM. In addition, FSM citizens are also not allowed to travel to Hubei, according to the resolution.
While the FSM national government has loosened its restrictions, individual FSM states are implementing their own emergency declarations.
Pohnpei State, for one, has issued an order requiring all incoming passengers on flights and vessels to be quarantined for 14 days at the isolation area in Pohnpei. There are no exemptions to this requirement.
According to the Pohnpei Public Information Office, the rule applies to all incoming international and domestic passengers, including citizens traveling from FSM states such as Chuuk, Yap, or Kosrae.