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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update #17

National Response: COVID-19 alert Level 4 from 26 March

The New Zealand Government has announced Alert Level 4 and State of National Emergency from 26 March to curb the rapidly growing COVID-19 cases. A national emergency message was sent to all New Zealanders on 25 March with directions to follow. Read for more details.

New Zealand Police has also published Alert Level 4 messages in multiple languages, encouraging everyone to stay home and be safe.

Student Travel and International Visas

Under Alert Level 4, no travel will be permitted for domestic students from midnight Friday 27 March. Some international students will also be affected due to lack of flights home.

Students with expiring visas with an expiry date of 1 April 2020 or earlier and who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued.

Students with expiring visas with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who are in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.

To keep updated on travel restrictions and visa information visit Immigration NZ website

UCOL Updates

To ensure the wellbeing and safety to UCOL whānau and our wider community, all UCOL campuses are closed to students and staffs from 24 March to 28 April (four weeks), or dependant on New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert status.

UCOL’s Incident Management Team is working closely with the Ministry of Health, MidCentral DHB, Whanganui DHB and Wairarapa DHB to provide the right information and implement preventive measures.

Staff have been working to transform our programmes through Moodle and other online options. Programmes that have significant practical components and work-integrated learning will adjust and focus on moving as much non-practical work earlier. Please keep in touch with your lecturers regarding the changes to your specific programme. Check your UCOL email, student intranet, Facebook groups (if relevant) and Moodle regularly.

Student Support

The Student Success team will continue providing care and support for UCOL students during the Level 4 closure. Please check the links below for information – services include counselling, learning advice, food parcel deliveries and more.

Future communications has been set up for staff and students to send any questions to or seek clarification regarding COVID-19.

General and programme related enquires via ‘contact us’ form or ‘help’ on the website will be processed as usual.

Updates will be via UCOL social media, website and email. Where urgently required we will also text students.

Advice for self-isolation

Ministry of Health has updated the self-isolation guidance.

Recent travellers to New Zealand from any country or those who have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days.

You should register with Healthline online. If you have issues with online registration, you can also register by calling Healthline at 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIM.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, or if you do not know where you can go, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453.

Read more on Self-isolation

COVID-19 - information in other languages

Unite aganist COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has launched a dedicated website for COVID-19 that provides every information and updates on COVID-19.

COVID-19: Information for disabled people and their family and whānau

COVID-19 - New Zealand Sign Language

COVID-19 - Easy Read information

Travel advice

New Zealand government has advised all New Zealanders to not travel overseas. Effective from 23:59, 19th March, the New Zealand Government has announced temporary border closure to almost all travellers except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family. Read the recent updates.

Key sources of information and advice are: