The border has been closed since the state of emergency lockdown.
As of Monday, 6th April, anyone traveling through the Kokopo-Namatanai border is stopped, questioned and directed to return back to Kokopo.
On Good Friday, three boats were refused entry. They were stopped off the coast of Rasirik village, in West Coast Namatanai, by Police.
“Aninit long steit of imejensi, bai mipla ino nap long alawim yupla long kam insait long Namatani,” a police officer on a patrol boat called out through a loudhailer.