Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging New Zealanders overseas to stay where they are amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are reaching a point where the best option for most New Zealanders offshore is to shelter in place, by preparing to safely stay where they are.”
"This includes following the instructions of the local authorities and the advice of the World Health Organisation,” the Minister added.
But Minister Peters says anyone with possible travel options should still try to make their way back to New Zealand, but they need to be prepared for if they can't.
"The feasibility of Government-assisted departure flights is being considered, but there are no guarantees these will be possible in the extremely complex and rapidly changing global situation."