New Zealand extends ban on foreign nationals with travel to mainland China through at least March 3. Additional extensions are possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 24 Feb 2020 08:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Summary
New Zealand authorities continue to enforce an entry ban on foreign passengers who have transited or traveled in mainland China since Feb. 2 to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) into the country. On Feb. 24, the government extended the measure through at least March 3, but officials will review the entry ban every 48 hours. Travelers who have permanent residency in New Zealand, and their dependents, are exempt from the restriction; however, such individuals and citizens will have to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the country.

Additional extensions are possible, though the government is reportedly considering lifting the ban partially, mainly for students from mainland China. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Advice
Postpone travel to New Zealand if affected by the restriction. 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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