Mon 10 Feb 2020

WITT coronavirus update

18.2.20 - Coronavirus update from WITT

There continues to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Zealand.

There was an announcement on 15 February from the Minister of Health, extending the temportary travel restrictions on people travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China for a further 8 days. The position will be reassessed every 48 hours.

Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days will be refused entry into New Zealand.

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family returning to New Zealand will continue to be able to enter, but are being instructed to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Continue to get the latest updates on the Ministry of Health website.

10.2.2020 - Coronavirus update from WITT

Visa applicants and current visa holders may have some questions about their specific circumstances and Immigration New Zealand has published some information that may address concerns. These will be updated as more information becomes available.

Immigration New Zealand's most recent coronavirus fact sheet, updated Friday 7 February at 5:00pm:


4.2.2020 - Coronavirus update from WITT

A Coronavirus Response Group (CRG) was established since the last update and the group met on campus this morning. The CRG reviewed our actions following activity over the weekend including the temporary travel restrictions announced by the New Zealand Government.

There are currently no instances of coronavirus in New Zealand and the risk remains low. We will continue to review the situation and provide regular updates, however we urge you to visit the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for the most up-to-date information.

Travel advice

The NZ Government announced temporary travel restrictions on travellers coming from or through mainland Chgina for 14 days, taking effect on Monday 2 February. The Government is reviewing this position every 48 hours. This affects travellers who leave or transit through mainland China. New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members. Hoever they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival into the country.

Our International teams at WITT and NZIHT are making personal contact with students who are impacted by the travel restrictions through mainland China.  They will continue working to minimise the impact on our students.

Looking after yourself and others

We continue to remind everyone to be vigilant about personal hygiene, look after yourselves and ensure colleagues and students are safe and well. Anyone with concerns can contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 at any time.

Anyone who has visited mainland China (not including Hong Kong) and returned in the last 14 days should make this known to WITT as soon as possible by emailing

Advice from Ministry of Health:

General information about Novel Coronavirus (2109-nCoV)


29.1.2020 - Coronavirus update from WITT

While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in New Zealand at this point, there are increasing concerns about the illness. This is to update you on the approach WITT is taking to keeping our students and staff safe.

WITT has a pandemic plan, and our Emergency Management Team is monitoring the situation closely and preparing for various scenarios. We are following Ministry of Health advice on this issue. 

If you have come from or through Wuhan, Hubei Province, China:

Be aware of the symptoms:

Symptoms are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you feel unwell:

Please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.

Everyone can take precautions

WHO advises people follow the basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections:

• avoid close contact with people suffering acute respiratory infections

• wash hands frequently, especially after contact with ill people or their environment

• avoid close contact with sick farm animals or wild animals

• people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice good cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and wash hands).

If you are a staff member planning to travel to the affected areas, please note MFAT travel advisories and refer to the insurance advice from our insurers for updates. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently advising that New Zealanders do not travel to Hubei Province.

Advice from Ministry of Health:

General information about Novel Coronavirus (2109-nCoV)

Coronavirus advice for travellers