On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, the New Zealand government issued a travel ban on any foreign nationals travelling through China. While the present health crisis due to the current spread of coronavirus has been recognized, the impacts on international students from or travelling through China has been ignored. This unforeseeable travel ban has put International students into an extremely vulnerable position; they are suffering from financial losses, and all the arise uncertainties are causing severe mental stresses to these young adults, and the worst is - they don't know when their suffering will end!
International students, especially students from China, have been put at an immense disadvantage. Despite the crisis being out of their control, International students and their families are burdened with financial losses. They are still obligated to proceed rental and various service payments they cannot access, as well as been charged their exorbitant tuition fees (which is three times more than domestic students) while lecture recordings are all they can rely on. Frequently rescheduling airfare tickets also raised unnecessary expenses to their families.
Furthermore, as the travel ban rises load of uncertainties, International students are more vulnerable than ever. The fear of failing courses and potential graduation delays are causing severe mental stresses to many International students. Moreover, the heart-breaking news on discrimination faced by all Asian people around the world is disappointing the International students and everyone in China.
New Zealand has always been the second home for all international students. It is everyone's best endeavors to keep New Zealand clean and away from virus spreading. However, the international student should not be the parties to pay the fiddler. While having limited health check on returning passengers travelling through /from China in airport custom, restricting students from entering the country is fallacious. New Zealand Chinese Students' Association (NZCSA) are filing this petition to request for a review on the travel ban, allowing anyone on long-term visas to return and self-quarantine.
While all the people in China and fighting to control the virus from spreading, the least thing you can do will be to sign this petition to strive for a chance to get your friends to come back home!