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29 juill. 2020 | 21h13 UTC

New Zealand: Pre-departure COVID-19 testing to be compulsory for certain flights from August 1 /update 19

New Zealand Alerte de sécurité

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing to be compulsory for flights with Emirates and Etihad airlines from August 1; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/7/2020, 12h00 until 31/8/2020, 11h59 (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION New Zealand

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Event

From Saturday, August 1, pre-departure coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing will be obligatory for travelers with flights with Emirates and Etihad airlines. Additional information on the specific requirements is available on the UAE Travel Advice page.

On June 9, New Zealand entered level one of their COVID-19 restrictions (the lowest on a four-tier scale) after declaring the country was COVID-19 free. With the exception of the reopening of borders, which are to remain closed indefinitely, all restrictions were lifted. Social distancing requirements throughout the country were also removed. The State of National Emergency has now been lifted.  

The New Zealand border remains closed to almost all arrivals. Anyone entering the country must undergo quarantine or managed isolation in an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days. Arrivals must then test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.

As of Wednesday, July 29, the Health Ministry has confirmed 1559 cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and 22 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the disease is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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