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Governments latest response to COVID–19

By the time you read this the New Zealand government’s new border restrictions have taken effect. From 1am Monday, 16 March 2020 everyone arriving in New Zealand from anywhere (other than some Pacific Islands) must self-isolate for 14 days.

16/03/20202 min read
Governments latest response to COVID–19


By the time you read this the New Zealand government’s new border restrictions have taken effect.

From 1am Monday, 16 March 2020 everyone arriving in New Zealand from anywhere (other than some of the Pacific Islands) must self-isolate for 14 days. This includes NZ citizens and residents.

The Prime Minister’s full statement is available at https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/major-steps-taken-protect-new-zealanders-covid-19

The border is NOT closed (except for people travelling direct from mainland China or Iran or onboard a cruise ship).

If you are currently overseas and we are applying for your visa - keep calm. Visa applications are still being processed and you will still be able to travel to New Zealand. On arrival you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Make sure you have accommodation arranged that will allow for self isolation.

There is clear guidance from the Ministry of Health how to self-isolate at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-staying-home-self-isolation

If you have family overseas applying for visas, they can still travel to New Zealand but must self-isolate for 14 days post arrival.

We have put together some helpful tips to help get through these unprecedented times. Malcolm Pacific Immigration is on standby to answer any questions; just call us on 0800 800 612


Tips

  • Follow official advice from the Ministry of Health – go to https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
  • Visa applications will still be processed but expect delays.
  • Anyone currently in New Zealand holding a work, student or visitor visa and wanting to remain longer should apply for a new visa 3 months before the current visa expires.
  • Defer any non-essential international travel.
  • Before starting a journey to New Zealand make sure you can still board flights and transit through countries along the way. Other governments may have different rules, and these could change quickly (e.g. a country may require self-isolation even when transiting). Airlines are reducing the number of flights globally so capacity to book flights may become tight.
  • Don’t travel if you feel unwell. Contact your health professional for advice.
  • If you hold a New Zealand visa but have not arrived, you can still travel provided the visa is valid (self-isolation rules still apply). If the “must arrive before” date on your visa is going to expire before you will arrive contact us now for advice.
  • Be kind – some people will be stressed by these events.

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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