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Latest coronavirus COVID-19 update:

Important information

On 2 February the New Zealand Government announced temporary travel restrictions on travellers arriving from, or through, mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak. This took effect from 3 February and all students and staff who have already returned from China are expected to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

The University requires all students and staff who have recently travelled from China to self-isolate for 14 days from arrival in New Zealand. If you have been in the country already for five days, for example, this means that you need to be isolated for a further nine days.

The University requires anyone affected by this to telephone AskOtago 0800 808 098 or +64 3 479 7000 or email and register to ensure we can support and assist you with meeting the isolation recommendations. The University is implementing a daily health check with students and staff who are self-isolated and will regularly liaise with you.

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others.

Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information on self-isolation

The University is concerned about the academic impact of the entry ban on students who can no longer travel to New Zealand. We are reviewing a range of options for students unable to commence their studies in semester 1. Over the next week, we will contact students in China to discuss their options. You can find more information in our Education FAQs.

To date there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID‑19 (formerly known as 2019‑nCoV) in New Zealand. And no vaccine is currently available.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that New Zealanders do not travel to any part of mainland China. This includes academic staff travelling for work, education, and leisure purposes.

As it is influenza season in the northern hemisphere, there is expected to be increased numbers of travellers with influenza-like illnesses other than the coronavirus, please ensure you are aware of the precautions to reduce the spread of acute respiratory illnesses.

The University is following Ministry of Health and Southern District Health Board management guidelines. Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for regular updates:

If you have any concerns or queries, please telephone:
AskOtago 0800 808 098 or +64 3 479 7000; or email

如果 您有疑 问或者需要帮助,请拨打电话至 AskOtago 团队 0800 808 098 或者 +64 3 479 7000,也可以 发送邮件至 进行询问。您也可以从以下官方账号中获取中文翻译信息:微信公众号 -- 奥塔哥校园资讯 (ID: otagonz) ,以及微博官方账号 -- 新西兰奥塔哥大学。

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External links

Ministry of Health