United States government issues travel warning for New Zealand due to '23 active cases'

The US government has issued a travel warning for New Zealand over the country's '23 active cases' of COVID-19, despite the fact there are more than 2 million active cases in the US itself, where community transmission is rife. 

As the US death toll from the pandemic surpasses 160,000, President Donald Trump is looking to reopen the country and some border restrictions have been eased.

But in a post on his government's travel advice website made on Friday (NZ time), authorities called for increased caution when travelling to Aotearoa.

"As of August 6, 2020, New Zealand has had 1569 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Currently, there are 23 active cases in New Zealand," the post states.

It doesn't mention that all of the active cases in New Zealand are in managed isolation.

However, the warning is a moot point.

Only New Zealand citizens or residents with valid travel conditions are currently allowed to travel to New Zealand and all inbound passengers must complete at least 14 days of managed isolation or quarantine and test negative for COVID-19 before entering the community.

And the New Zealand Government's safe travel website has one simple message for anyone travelling overseas, including the United States.


"We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19," the website says.