New Zealand bans foreign nationals with travel to mainland China after Feb. 2, from entering the country.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 02 Feb 2020 07:27 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: After Feb. 2
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

New Zealand authorities will prevent foreign travelers who have transited or left mainland China after Feb. 2, from entering New Zealand. The restrictions are meant to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country. Travelers who have permanent residency status in New Zealand will be exempted; however, officials announced that such individuals and citizens would have to self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities have stated that the travel restrictions will be in effect until around Feb. 16; the duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to New Zealand. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, 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.