Updated 25 June 2021.
Temporary visa applications from outside New Zealand or a quarantine-free travel zone are currently suspended, unless you are exempt. The suspension is in place until 6 February 2022 but may be lifted if the border restrictions change. There are also several categories of travellers and workers that qualify for border exemptions.
Border restrictions have seen several exception criteria being added to, allowing categories of travellers into the country, subject to quarantine on arrival.
Note that a strict 2-week quarantine on arrival is also in place and travellers from most countries will require a negative COVID test.
Quarantine-free travel starts April 2021 for visitors from certain countries. People coming from Australia, Niue, or the Cook Islands may travel as per normal from 19th April 2021. Normal visa requirements and applications will apply.
With New Zealand being a physically isolated country surrounded by ocean, combined with strong border control measures, we have been relatively spared from the virus. The government has been providing fantastic (financial) support to employers and employees and there are strong economic and social plans in place to ensure any impact on New Zealand is minimised. We are indeed lucky to call this country home and are proud of how everyone is bonding together and supporting one another. Even more reason to call New Zealand home!
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The team at New Zealand Shores are all working and readily available by phone, email and Skype. Please reach out to us so and make your migration happen.