Coronavirus Travel Advisory: Everything You Need to Know If You’re Traveling

Coronavirus Travel Advisory:

How safe — or risky — is it to fly?

Should I cancel a trip I’ve planned?

Can I come home early from my trip?

These are some of the questions that would-be travelers are asking in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. We talked to travel and health specialists to get answers.
What is Coronavirus?

Can I cancel a trip I’ve booked because I’m afraid of the coronavirus?

Locations with confirmed cases

For a list of countries, territories, and locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19, please see the latest situation report from the World Health Organization.

Health information

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of cases of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan City. Hubei Province, China.  Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.
How to protect against Coronavirus?

Please see the Ministry of Health website for guidance on prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19.  This includes advice for travelers.  If you are looking for advice about self-isolation requirements, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 (from within New Zealand) or on +64 9 358 5453 (from outside New Zealand).  The Healthline team are specialists in accessing and advising over the phone.

Detailed health information, including information for travelers, is available on the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Going on a cruise?

If you have concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on your plans for a cruise, please contact your travel agent or cruise operator. 

Travel insurance.

Your travel insurance may be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 in your country of destination and the level of our travel advice for that country, especially if we advise against travel to that destination.  Before traveling, we recommend that you check your travel insurance policy carefully and contact your travel insurer if you have questions or concerns about whether you are covered by your insurance policy for any potential COVID-19 related expenses.  Travel insurance cover differs from company to company. 

Border restrictions.

For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travelers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel.  IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.