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New Zealand has closed its borders to everyone but citizens and residents in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The ban applied to planes boarding after 11.59pm on Thursday – any planes in the air already would not be impacted.

Partners and children of citizens or residents are exempt from the ban, as are some health and humanitarian workers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement on Thursday evening, acknowledging this was an unprecedented move in New Zealand’s history – but a necessary one as the virus spread in other countries.

“This will stop tourists, or temporary visa-holders, including students or temporary workers, from coming to or entering New Zealand.

“New Zealand residents and citizens will be able to return. And of course that applies to the children and partners of residents or citizens.”


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