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When will the border reopen?

The Prime Minister has said New Zealand will need to reach a certain level of herd immunity before border restrictions are significantly changed. At this stage, the roll out of a vaccine to the population is expected to start around March 2021.

11/12/20201 min read
When will the border reopen?


The Prime Minister has said New Zealand will need to reach a certain level of herd immunity before border restrictions are significantly changed. At this stage, the roll out of a vaccine to the population is expected to start around March 2021.

The Minister of Covid-19 Response has said some travel restrictions will remain in place for another 12 to 18 months. It is difficult to accurately predict exactly when there will be easing at the border. Based on current comments by political leaders it is looking like late 2021 or mid-2022.

The border remains closed to tourists, international students, and most workers.

Anyone who is not a NZ citizen or resident wanting to enter New Zealand to work or join family should take specialist advice before applying for a border exemption. We are seeing people being declined 8 to 10 times before they come to see us. Our team can save a lot of time, heartache, expense, and stress by getting it right first time or advising against applying.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
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