As of Feb. 18, New Zealand continues to ban foreign nationals with travel to mainland China after Feb. 2 from entering the country.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 18 Feb 2020 09:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of Feb. 2
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
As of Feb. 18, New Zealand authorities continue to prevent foreign travelers who have transited or left mainland China after Feb 2 from entering the country. The restrictions are meant to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. Authorities will exempt travelers who have permanent residency status in New Zealand; however, officials announced that such individuals and citizens would have to self-isolate for 14 days. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Advice
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 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.

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