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5 things to know for traveling in New Zealand !

The New Zealand government has lately made some statements about the different visa statuses (Worker, Student, Employer, Resident, and Citizen) concerning their extension or refusals. It has also tackled the question of the opening of international borders.

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The current situation

New Zealand is a country that receives every year thousands of immigrants from all over the world thanks to the diverse opportunities it gives. Being it a country of fauna and flora, the Kiwis are known for their seasonal works that permit foreigners to finance their holidays throughout the country and along their staying.

However, New Zealand is not exempted from the situation of the Covid 19 pandemic and its consequences on the economy of the world. It is actually one of the few countries that have managed best to handle the coronavirus crisis. But this management is mostly due to the strict restrictions the government has imposed on its citizens and residents, for it has closed its borders to all the international countries enclosing thus the people that have current visas in the country and blocking new ones from entering it. Since the closing of the borders, many people have been waiting for new information and solutions for their different situations. And the government has been steadily working to inform and satisfy most of them, and we consider that the country is progressingly allowing more people to enter the territory remaining vigilant altogether.

New Zealand border entry requirement :

It is necessary to remind that the entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled with some specific conditions for some countries. In fact, the government has announced that starting from the 15th of January 2021 on 11:59 pm, a negative Covid 19 test result is required from travelers coming from USA and UK. And people coming from all over the world must complete a 14 day quarantine in managed isolation, and the necessary documentation must be presented before heading on board.

These conditions are not requested for New Zealand citizens, permanent visa holders and their families, and for diplomats holding a post in New Zealand.

You are in NZ and you hold a WHV ?

The government has decided that Working Holiday Visas are to be extended for 6 months but cannot be transformed into a Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visa if they have expired. 

For all people who looking for a job, you can apply here : 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar As of migrants that are already on an SSE visa, they can still work in horticulture and viticulture sectors, as they can apply for an essential skills visa if they find alternate qualifying work.  

Temporary entry and resident visa holders (including Australians) have health restrictions to follow in order to keep the situation under control.

Conditions to comply with the health restrictions can be found here :

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Latest exceptions for resident, student, partner and employer visas

  • Normally Resident Work Visa Holders :

The government has announced that New Zealand residents who hold an essential skills working holiday visa and left New Zealand from 1 December 2019 to 9 October 2020 are allowed to re-enter the country.

  • Partner Reunion :

If a person can prove that his partner resides in New Zealand, he can join them, for from October 5th 2020, New Zealand government has allowed visa waiver countries to apply for a request to enter the country.

  • Student Visa :

On the 14th of January 2021, the government announced that an exception class of 1000 international tertiary student degree level or above who have started their students in New Zealand but have been kept offshore as the border restrictions began can come back to New Zealand starting from April 2021.

  • Employer Assisted Work Visas :

The government has decided that a number of Employer Visas that are to expire from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 are going to be extended by 6 months permitting the employers and their families to stay a bit longer.

Some of these fields are: Essential skills, Work to resident, Religious Crew, or Fishing crew etc.

For more categories check :

As for the borders, they are still closed to all countries and no official date has been released yet, but the predictions let us say that the borders might re-open by the end of 2021 or go all the way to first quarter of 2022.

If you have any more requests or wants to cover more topics, let us know in the comment section.


References :

  • Official Immigration website of New Zealand.



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