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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, New Zealand has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to New Zealand, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 04 October 2021

Last Updated at: 04 October 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – New Zealand

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, New Zealand has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to New Zealand, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 04 October 2021

Last Updated at: 04 October 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND?

Start your relocation journey with our Relo Buddies today!

Global Mobility Updates – New Zealand

Latest Update

New Zealand Tightens Travel Rules As Covid-19 Infections Spread

On 3 October, New Zealand announced tighter border restrictions, as new cases of Covid-19 emerged in areas previously free of the coronavirus.

New Zealand will be introducing the requirement for air travellers aged 17 and over, who are not New Zealand citizens, to be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand.

 

As of Sept 17, Quarantine-free Travel Bubble Between New Zealand and Australia will be Further Suspended for Eight Weeks

New Zealand suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia for a further eight weeks on Friday (Sept 17), extending a halt in the quarantine-free travel bubble between both countries, as they deal with fresh outbreaks of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Quarantine-free travel was suspended on July 23, just weeks after it was launched, as the infectious Delta variant spread across Sydney and Melbourne and was originally due to end on Sept 24.

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Entering New Zealand Borders

  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents with valid travel conditions (excluding people granted a resident visa outside New Zealand and who are travelling to New Zealand on that resident visa for the first time) may travel to and enter New Zealand.
  • The following group of people with limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand are required to seek approval before travelling to New Zealand:
    • Partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents
    • Australian citizens and permanent resident who normally live in New Zealand
    • People with one of the following critical purposes in New Zealand:
      • Essential workers
      • Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel
      • New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
      • Critical humanitarian travels
  • All other foreign nationals are prohibited from entering and transiting through New Zealand.
  • All persons arriving in New Zealand must undergo quarantine at a designated facility.

Visit New Zealand Immigration for more border closure and exception information.

 

Procedure After Entering New Zealand

  • All travellers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival. This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.

 

Leaving New Zealand Borders

New Zealand Citizens:

  • New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time regardless of destination.
  • New Zealanders that are currently travelling overseas are urged to return home while commercial options remain available.

Foreign Nationals:

  • Foreign nationals can use international air services to travel home.
  • Those who meet strict health criteria can travel to Christchurch or Auckland airport for outbound travel.

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International Students

  • From April 2021, New Zealand had reopened its border to 1,000 international students.
  • Eligible students include those who held a visa to study in New Zealand from 2020, have studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 toward their current qualification (bachelor degree or higher).
  • Priority is given to students who are closer to graduation.
  • Approved students have to go through an isolation and quarantine period of a minimum of 14 days upon the arrival.

 

Schools (Alert Level 1)

  • New Zealand is currently at alert level 1.
  • Schools and bus services are back to normal
  • No physical distancing is needed on Ministry, regional council or Auckland Transport school bus or public transport service.

The education guidance for New Zealand differs according to the country alert level. For more information on the different guidelines for each alert level (1, 2 and 3), please visit the New Zealand Government website here.

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Changes to Visa Applications During COVID-19

  • Update as of 13 may: Immigration New Zealand (INZ) expects visa processing capacity to increase significantly under Alert Level 2 as more staff are able to access immigration offices. With increased processing capacity, INZ is now able to resume the processing of residence class visa applications from Thursday 14 May 2020 and prioritise both residence class and temporary entry class visa applications.
  • Only accepting temporary visas for victims of domestic violence, partnership category temporary visas (including reassessments), full fee paying student visas, post study work visas who are currently in New Zealand.
  • Postponement of the following visa programme: selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category, ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC), 19 capped Working Holiday schemes due to open in the next 6 months.
  • Automatic visa extension to 25 September for current work, student, limited interim visa holder with expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020.

For more information visit Migrant and refugee information | Temporary postponement of visa programmes.

 

Changes To Visa Conditions During COVID-19

The Government has agreed to relax visa conditions for a short period to allow temporary migrant workers and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response.

More information can be found on New Zealand Immigration website.

 

Visa Extensions

  • Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date between 2 April and 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.
  • However, Immigration New Zealand cannot extend visa durations other than under the terms of the epidemic management notice.

More information can be found on Visa verification service.

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Home Search

  • Home search services are available in New Zealand.
  • At the current alert level 1, the New Zealand government does not limit gatherings size or require social distancing for business.
  • Masks wearing are mandatory on public transport.

For more information, please visit the New Zealand government website here. 

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  • Pet imports to New Zealand are available amidst the pandemic.
  • From March 1 2021, all import and transit permit applications to New Zealand must be sent through the new online permit application system.
  • In light of the COVID-19 situation, the New Zealand government had extended the import permits for cats and dogs validity for up to 6 months instead of the usual 10 days period.

For more information on the documents and requirements needed to import your cats and dogs into New Zealand, please click here. 

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Emergency consular assistance for New Zealanders:
International: +64 99 20 20 20
New Zealand: 0800 30 10 30
Urgent immigration queries:
Outside New Zealand : +64 9952 1679
Within New Zealand: 0508 225 288
Healthline: 0800 358 5453
COVID-19.govt.nz
Ministry of Health guidance | COVID-19
Safe Travel | New Zealand Government

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Latest Update

New Zealand Tightens Travel Rules As Covid-19 Infections Spread

On 3 October, New Zealand announced tighter border restrictions, as new cases of Covid-19 emerged in areas previously free of the coronavirus.

New Zealand will be introducing the requirement for air travellers aged 17 and over, who are not New Zealand citizens, to be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand.

 

As of Sept 17, Quarantine-free Travel Bubble Between New Zealand and Australia will be Further Suspended for Eight Weeks

New Zealand suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia for a further eight weeks on Friday (Sept 17), extending a halt in the quarantine-free travel bubble between both countries, as they deal with fresh outbreaks of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Quarantine-free travel was suspended on July 23, just weeks after it was launched, as the infectious Delta variant spread across Sydney and Melbourne and was originally due to end on Sept 24.

Entering New Zealand Borders

  • New Zealand citizens, permanent residents with valid travel conditions (excluding people granted a resident visa outside New Zealand and who are travelling to New Zealand on that resident visa for the first time) may travel to and enter New Zealand.
  • The following group of people with limited exceptions to the ban on travelling to and entering New Zealand are required to seek approval before travelling to New Zealand:
    • Partners, dependent children (aged 24 years and under) and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents
    • Australian citizens and permanent resident who normally live in New Zealand
    • People with one of the following critical purposes in New Zealand:
      • Essential workers
      • Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel
      • New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
      • Critical humanitarian travels
  • All other foreign nationals are prohibited from entering and transiting through New Zealand.
  • All persons arriving in New Zealand must undergo quarantine at a designated facility.

Visit New Zealand Immigration for more border closure and exception information.

 

Procedure After Entering New Zealand

  • All travellers will be subject to mandatory isolation at a Government facility for 14 days on arrival. This does not apply to passengers transiting through New Zealand.

 

Leaving New Zealand Borders

New Zealand Citizens:

  • New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time regardless of destination.
  • New Zealanders that are currently travelling overseas are urged to return home while commercial options remain available.

Foreign Nationals:

  • Foreign nationals can use international air services to travel home.
  • Those who meet strict health criteria can travel to Christchurch or Auckland airport for outbound travel.

International Students

  • From April 2021, New Zealand had reopened its border to 1,000 international students.
  • Eligible students include those who held a visa to study in New Zealand from 2020, have studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 toward their current qualification (bachelor degree or higher).
  • Priority is given to students who are closer to graduation.
  • Approved students have to go through an isolation and quarantine period of a minimum of 14 days upon the arrival.

 

Schools (Alert Level 1)

  • New Zealand is currently at alert level 1.
  • Schools and bus services are back to normal
  • No physical distancing is needed on Ministry, regional council or Auckland Transport school bus or public transport service.

The education guidance for New Zealand differs according to the country alert level. For more information on the different guidelines for each alert level (1, 2 and 3), please visit the New Zealand Government website here.

Changes to Visa Applications During COVID-19

  • Update as of 13 may: Immigration New Zealand (INZ) expects visa processing capacity to increase significantly under Alert Level 2 as more staff are able to access immigration offices. With increased processing capacity, INZ is now able to resume the processing of residence class visa applications from Thursday 14 May 2020 and prioritise both residence class and temporary entry class visa applications.
  • Only accepting temporary visas for victims of domestic violence, partnership category temporary visas (including reassessments), full fee paying student visas, post study work visas who are currently in New Zealand.
  • Postponement of the following visa programme: selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category, ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC), 19 capped Working Holiday schemes due to open in the next 6 months.
  • Automatic visa extension to 25 September for current work, student, limited interim visa holder with expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020.

For more information visit Migrant and refugee information | Temporary postponement of visa programmes.

 

Changes To Visa Conditions During COVID-19

The Government has agreed to relax visa conditions for a short period to allow temporary migrant workers and international students to further assist with our essential services during the COVID-19 response.

More information can be found on New Zealand Immigration website.

 

Visa Extensions

  • Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date between 2 April and 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.
  • However, Immigration New Zealand cannot extend visa durations other than under the terms of the epidemic management notice.

More information can be found on Visa verification service.

Home Search

  • Home search services are available in New Zealand.
  • At the current alert level 1, the New Zealand government does not limit gatherings size or require social distancing for business.
  • Masks wearing are mandatory on public transport.

For more information, please visit the New Zealand government website here. 

  • Pet imports to New Zealand are available amidst the pandemic.
  • From March 1 2021, all import and transit permit applications to New Zealand must be sent through the new online permit application system.
  • In light of the COVID-19 situation, the New Zealand government had extended the import permits for cats and dogs validity for up to 6 months instead of the usual 10 days period.

For more information on the documents and requirements needed to import your cats and dogs into New Zealand, please click here. 

Emergency consular assistance for New Zealanders:
International: +64 99 20 20 20
New Zealand: 0800 30 10 30
Urgent immigration queries:
Outside New Zealand : +64 9952 1679
Within New Zealand: 0508 225 288
Healthline: 0800 358 5453
COVID-19.govt.nz
Ministry of Health guidance | COVID-19
Safe Travel | New Zealand Government

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in New Zealand.

Category:Travel History:Travel measures:
New Zealand citizens, permanent residents with valid travel conditions (excluding granted resident visa holders outside New Zealand & travellers on resident visa for the first time)All countries/ regionsAllowed entry with mandatory quarantine at a designated facility.
Not applicable to travellers transiting through New Zealand
Partners, dependent children (24 and under) & legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residentsAllowed entry with mandatory quarantine at a designated facility, on case by case basis.
Required to seek approval before entering.
Essential workers
Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel
New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
Critical humanitarian travel
Foreign NationalsNot allowed to enter or transit

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