New Zealand will ban entry of foreigners traveling from mainland China

He announced on Sunday that he would ban all foreign citizens from mainland China from entering the country due to the growing threat of the epidemic.

The ban will come into effect from Monday and Commerce also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to No travel, the highest level.

Health officials have informed us that, although there are still a number of unknowns in the way the virus is transmitted, we must take a preventive approach, said the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern He said in a statement.

Citizens of New Zealand and permanent residents returning to New Zealand can still enter the country, just like their immediate family members, but they must isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival back to the country.

The ban will be in effect for up to 14 days, reviewed every 48 hours and includes all foreign travelers departing or transiting through mainland China after February 2.