UPDATE APRIL 2022
After being closed for 2 years due to the worldwide covid emergency, PNG authorities have just announced that the Kokoda Track is open to trekkers in 2022.
After much consideration, we had to make the hard decision not to trek in PNG during 2022.
- We constantly monitor the covid situation in PNG with information received from our PNG based operations team, the Kokoda Track Authority, the Kokoda Tour Operators Association and from DFAT and the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
- With less than 4% of the PNG population fully vaccinated, the risk of covid transmission among the local population, our trekkers, trek crew and leaders is unacceptably high.
- Guidelines recently issued by PNG authorities as to how tour operators conduct covid safe treks are confusing and, we believe, unworkable.
- Insurance, liability, emergency evacuation, quarantining and other matters are unclear and will require many months to finalise.
- With the health and safety of all involved being our primary concern, we do not intend to proceed until we are certain that we can operate safely and professionally.