Amidst the prevailing deadly coronavirus, New Zealand has imposed a temporary ban on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China. This is an attempt undertaken by the New Zealand government to protect itscitizensas well as the Pacific islands from getting in any kind of contact with the deadly disease. This decision was announced on Sunday, 02nd February, 2020 and will take place from today.
The government also has raised its travel advise to “do not travel”. “We have been advised by health officials that while there are still a range of unknowns in the way the virus is being transmitted, we should take a precautionary approach,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. This temporary ban will remain for 14 days and the situation is to be frequently monitored in every 48 hours.
The temporary ban includes restrictions on:
- Any foreign travelers who leave or transit through mainland China after February 2, 2020 (NZ time) and they will be refused entry to New Zealand.
- Any foreign traveler’s in transit to New Zealand on February 2, 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand.
- New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back in the country.
Several flights to China have been cancelled and alternatives to the same are been developing. The New Zealand Government, on Friday, announced that the chartered Air New Zealand flight would evacuate its citizens from the locked-down Wuhan.The New Zealand government is practicing the best methods it can to avoid the deadly virus entering in the country and contribute in the efforts to control it globally.