Further border measures restricting entry to New Zealand.
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Posted March 26, 2020
Media Release: NZ Government
The Government has announced further border measures restricting entry to New Zealand.
Only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand.
This includes the Realm countries (the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline and marine crew.
There will be some exceptions, on a case by case basis, for example for essential health workers, humanitarian reasons, and others.
Every passenger entering New Zealand will be screened for COVID-19 on arrival.
Passengers will be disembarked in small groups and met by Government officials at the gate.
When passengers disembark the plane health officials will discuss self-isolation and transport arrangements and answer any questions passengers may have.
If passengers have a domestic transit flight, they will not be allowed to connect to that flight.
If a passenger is symptomatic on arrival, they will be tested and placed in an approved isolation facility for 14 days
If a passenger is not symptomatic on arrival, they will be asked to explain their plan for self-isolation and transport arrangements to that place
If passengers have a suitable self-isolation plan and transport arrangements, they will be escorted to their transport.
They will also be checked on by Police within 72 hours to ensure you are in self-isolation.If passengers have a suitable plan for self-isolation, but do not have suitable transport arranged, officials will arrange transport if that is possible within the local area.
If transport is not possible, they will be placed in local accommodation, which has been approved for isolation for 14 days and will need to remain there even if your test result is negative.
If you require hospital care, that will be arranged.
If passengers have no suitable plan in place for self-isolation, they will be placed in local low-level quarantine accommodation, which has been approved for isolation for 14 days.
They will be transported there directly from the airport.If passengers are placed in managed accommodation for the 14 day low-level quarantine isolation period, further information will be provided on what will happen after that, including planned transport through domestic flights.