Review your travel plans to China ahead of coming to the airport

3 Feb 2020

Wellington Airport has been advised by the New Zealand Government of immigration entry restrictions for visitors who are travelling from or via mainland China after 2 February 2020.

Review your travel plans to China ahead of coming to the airport

Wellington Airport has been advised by the New Zealand Government of immigration entry restrictions for visitors who are travelling from or via mainland China after 2 February 2020.

Passengers planning to travel to China or via China to other destinations globally are asked to contact their airline or travel agent regarding the status of their flight before coming to the Airport, in case of any flight schedule changes.

The government advisory and key sources of information are:

Immigration

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/media/inz-response-to-the-novel-coronavirus.pdf

The New Zealand Government has now made the decision that any foreign travellers who have left or transited through mainland China after 2 February 2020 will be refused entry to New Zealand. All travellers currently in transit to New Zealand on 2 February 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand. This measure does not apply to flights to and from Hong Kong at this time.

This decision to refuse entry does not apply to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, who will still be able to come to New Zealand. Australian citizens and permanent residents are also excluded if they ordinarily reside in New Zealand. The decision to restrict travel will be in place for up to 14 days and will be reviewed every 48 hours.

Customs

All arriving passengers in Wellington will be subject to manual passport checks and clearances only. Smart eGates will not be in operation. To reduce potential queuing at Customs on arrival there will be an additional lane and a dedicated green lane for NZ/AUS passport holders and an increase in staff.

Ministry of Health

www.health.govt.nz/coronavirus.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/border-health/health-advice-cards-people-arriving-new-zealand

We have reviewed our travel advice for China, and now advise that New Zealanders do not travel to China due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the associated health risks and travel restrictions. We advise New Zealanders currently in China to depart at the earliest opportunity.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level.

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov