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Covid-19

UPDATED 24 February 2020. Information sources for travellers in response to Novel Coronavirus - Covid-19.

Travel to/from Mainland China

We recommend anyone due to travel to or through mainland China to contact their airline as soon as possible:

The New Zealand Government has placed temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on travel from or through mainland China. 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.

 

Health Advice

World Health Organisation (WHO) does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers but is continuing to review the situation.

As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China, or any travellers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of Covid-19 will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to novel coronavirus.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 611 116. 

WHO advises people follow the basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infection. These include: 

  • avoid close contact with people suffering acute respiratory infections
  • wash hands frequently, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
  • avoid close contact with sick farm animals or wild animals
  • people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette:
  • maintain distance
  • cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing
  • wash hands.

As always, travellers who become sick within a month of their arrival are encouraged to seek medical advice and contact Healthline (for free) 0800 611 116 or a doctor. It is important to mention recent travel to Wuhan, Hubei Province China, and any known contact with someone with severe acute respiratory illness who has been in Wuhan.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. 

We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2-10 days. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

 

Official information sources