MFAT urges New Zealanders travelling overseas to return home


MFAT urges New Zealanders travelling overseas to return home
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is urging all New Zealanders currently travelling overseas to return home “while commercial options remain available”.

A statement on SafeTravel advises all New Zealanders to avoid all non-essential travel overseas amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Countries around the world are imposing strict travel restrictions,” read the statement.

“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. We are therefore 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.”

MFAT notes there have been significant travel disruptions as a number of countries close their borders and introduce movement restrictions on foreign nationals, 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.”

SafeTravel reminds travellers they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453) upon return to New Zealand.



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