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Travelling Kiwis urged to return home

Travelling Kiwis urged to return home

Posted March 18, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The government is urging New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider returning home as soon as possible.

Travelling New Zealanders should work with their travel agents and airlines to discuss options for returning home.

All New Zealanders are warned to avoid non-essential travel overseas due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and travel restrictions.

Countries around the world are imposing strict travel restrictions. This is leading to a reduction in passenger numbers and many air routes will not remain commercially viable for long.

The options for New Zealanders to get home are reducing dramatically.

There have been significant travel disruptions globally.

A number of countries and territories have announced they are closing their borders to or introducing movement restrictions on foreign nationals, including Australia, and these are changing very quickly.

Border restrictions may apply to New Zealanders, including those seeking to transit through these countries or territories to New Zealand.

Be aware that you may be placed in quarantine, be required to self-isolate or be subject to strict movement restrictions.

Your travel insurance may be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Contact your travel insurer if you have questions or concerns about whether you are covered by your insurance policy for any potential COVID-19 related expenses.

Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays.