Mar 19, 2020 - Health

Australia and New Zealand closing borders to all non-residents

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minster, Scott Morrison speak to media at a press conference
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison during a February press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia and New Zealand announced Thursday they're closing their borders to foreign travelers in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Details: Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison told a news conference that, effective 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time Friday, all non-citizens and non-residents would be barred from entering the country. Australians can still return from overseas, but they must self-isolate for 14 days. In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters the same measures would be introduced in the country at 11:59pm local time Thursday. Travelers on planes when the ban comes into effect in New Zealand would still be allowed to enter.

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