Pacific Islands travellers no longer exempt from isolation period

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says people who have travelled from the Pacific Islands are no longer exempt from the strict 14-day isolation period.

A spokesperson from the Prime Minister's office told Newshub of the updated requirement. 

The decision follows the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Fiji and Samoa.

It means anyone who has returned from the Pacific Islands will now be required to self-isolate for a 14-day period.

For example, if a person arrived in New Zealand seven days ago, they would be required to isolate for a further seven days. 

The decision comes as the country's borders close to any foreign arrivals. 

From 11:59pm on Thursday, only citizens and residents will be allowed to enter New Zealand.