Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: New Zealand expands COVID-19 measures to include self-isolation for all arrivals, except from Pacific islands through at least March 30.

This alert affects New Zealand

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 08:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; possible increased immigration wait times, self-isolation

Summary
New Zealand has expanded a self-isolation requirement to include all international passengers, including returning nationals of New Zealand, from midnight March 15 through at least March 30. Those from the Pacific Islands will be exempted. The measure, aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), along with previously announced bans on international travelers from mainland China, and foreign travelers who have traveled in or transited affected countries within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. Resident Australian citizens, permanent residents, and resident visa holders with valid travel conditions, as well as their immediate family members, are exempt from entry restrictions.

Officials will also issue limits on public gatherings in the coming days; additional extensions or adjustments to the measures are possible.

Advice
Postpone travel to New Zealand if affected by the restrictions. Follow all official instructions and allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Ministry of Health: www.health.govt.nz