New Zealand expands entry ban to foreign visitors from Iran through March 10. Passengers from South Korea, northern Italy to self-isolate.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Mar 2020 12:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 23 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 travel ban to include foreign passengers from Iran, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure, along with a previously announced ban on international travelers from mainland China, remains in effect through March 10. Under the restrictions, officials are preventing 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 the measure.

Authorities have asked exempted passengers who have traveled to Iran and mainland China to register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the country. Officials expanded self-isolation orders to include all passengers from South Korea and the Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna regions in northern Italy. Officials continue to review the restrictions every 48 hours; additional extensions or adjustments to the measures are possible in the coming weeks.

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

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