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Latest COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions

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Immigration New Zealand has provided information on the extended travel restrictions for some foreign travellers to New Zealand.

In an update at 5:00pm on 24 February 2020, INZ said that as part of its response to managing the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the New Zealand Government extended the travel restrictions for some foreign travellers to Tuesday, 3 March 2020.

"The restrictions apply to any foreigners who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China 14 days prior to them departing for New Zealand. This decision will be reviewed every 48 hours and the Government will decide on or before 3 March whether the travel restrictions need to remain in place.

"This measure includes all of China, but not Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, and not Taiwan.

"From Tuesday 25 February 2020, the travel restriction has been extended to include any person who was a passenger or crew on board the Diamond Princess Cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, or any other notified cruise ship, within 14 days of disembarking from the cruise ship."

The decision to deny boarding or refuse entry to New Zealand does not apply to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family, who will still be able to come to New Zealand.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are also not subject to the travel restrictions if New Zealand is their primary place of established residence. However, if they have been present in, or transited through mainland China 14 days before departing for New Zealand, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they arrive in New Zealand.

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