19 March 2020 – Border closed to all foreigners with limited exceptions

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Immigration
Intervention Categories: International travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister

Overview: New Zealand shuts border to all foreigners with limited exceptions, as all cases of COVID-19 in NZ have been linked to overseas travel. These changes also apply to the Pacific, which has previously been exempted. A small number of exemptions to the new measures can be sought for humanitarian reasons, essential health workers and citizens of Samoa and Tonga who need to travel to New Zealand for essential reasons.
Full details here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/stronger-border-measures-protect-nzers-covid-19

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Type of Justification: Considered a necessary escalation of current measures
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government