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Coronavirus closes NZ borders for many

Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days are being refused entry to NZ, potentially until February 24. This does not apply to NZ citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family.

21/02/20201 min read
Coronavirus closes NZ borders for many


Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days are being refused entry to New Zealand, potentially until February 24. This does not apply to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (including family members holding valid temporary visas), who are still able to come to New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand’s Beijing office remains temporarily closed and there has been some impact on visa processing times as a result.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s education sector is asking the NZ Government to consider exempting students from the blanket ban. The government says the travel restriction aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus has prevented 11,280 or 41 percent of the Chinese students now due in New Zealand from travelling here.

The Government is considering the request but says the universities and students would have to be able to meet strict quarantine rules.

Media reports quote universities saying in the past financial year Chinese students provided about a third of New Zealand's 100,000 foreign students - about half of the foreign students at universities.

The border closure is being reviewed every 48 hours.

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Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
  • August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
  • August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21