CANBERRA/WELLINGTON, March 19 (Bloomberg) - Australia and New Zealand are both closing their borders to non-residents as they step up their response to the coronavirus outbreak
Australia’s travel ban on non-residents and non-citizens will be in place from 9pm local time Friday, Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
New Zealand’s measure comes into force at midnight, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Both nations had already imposed strict quarantine measures, with all international arrivals ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
Governments around the world are dramatically escalating their efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus, with the U.S. and Canada agreeing to close their shared border to non-essential travel.