Foreigners stranded in New Zealand whose temporary visas are will be expiring before April 1, will be eligible to extend them to late September, amid coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern announced at a press conference.

“Travellers with a temporary work student visa and limited interim visa expiring before 1 April 2020, who are unable to leave NZ will be able to stay legally,” Ardern pointed out, VisaGuide.World reports.

Yesterday, Winston Peters, Foreign Minister called the citizens of New Zealand who are trapped overseas to wait until after coronavirus crisis has passed so they can return home.

Peters said it is difficult to return Kiwis abroad to New Zealand, due to most countries’ decisions to close borders, in a fight against the coronavirus pandemic. For that reason the minister urged Kiwis to stay where they are, considering that this is the best option throughout this situation.

According to him, only Kiwis with urgency cases to seek flights for the moment.

While the government of New Zealand urged Kiwis abroad to not travel back home, it also urged the nationals to not travel to foreign countries.

Last week, Peters urged New Zealanders who had been currently travelling overseas to return home “immediately”.

155 persons have been infected by the SARS-CoV2 in New Zealand, up to this point.

Countries around the world have taken precautionary measures, as extending visas for citizens stranded in their territory due to coronavirus.

Whereas in Australia, up to 2 million temporary visa holders, have been eligible to extend their visas, according to the decision of the Department of Home Affairs in cooperation with the Australian Border Force.

Yet, foreigners who obtain a visitor visa and are stranded in Saudi Arabia, have been also permitted to extend their visit visas in the Kingdom for up to 180 days after they pay a fee. The decision came after the temporary suspension of flight services for two weeks amid coronavirus pandemic.

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