19 Mar 2020

New Zealand closes its borders from midnight

From Lately, 10:20 pm on 19 March 2020

From 11.59 tonight New Zealand's border will be closed to everyone except citizens and permanent residents.

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the "extraordinary move" must be done to protect New Zealand from people arriving from countries experiencing major outbreaks of Covid-19.

A "small number of exemptions" for people from the Pacific islands would apply, and Karyn speaks with Dominic Godfrey from RNZ Pacific about the impact of this change on our Pacific neighbours.

Jacinda Ardern address the media after meeting local tourism leaders and address fears of Covid 19

Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers