Travel visas

Advice for visa holders.

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Visitors to New Zealand

If you're a visitor to New Zealand and you can't return home at the moment — check your visa.

We're sympathetic to individuals who are currently in New Zealand and can't return to their home.

Visa extensions

Some visas have been automatically extended. Your visa will have been extended to 25 September 2020 if:

  • you hold a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa, and
  • your visa has an expiry date of 2 April to 11:59 pm, 9 July 2020, and
  • you were in New Zealand on 2 April.

Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.

If you now wish to work while in New Zealand because your situation has changed, please ensure you have the correct visa. You can apply for a new work visa while you are in New Zealand.

Call 0508 558 855 to get more information.

Immigration changes because of COVID-19 (external link)

Relaxing visa conditions for essential services

Visa conditions have been relaxed for temporary migrant workers and international students who work in essential services. This temporary measure will support our essential services during the COVID-19 response.

More information at Immigration NZ (external link)

Visa processing information

Immigration New Zealand has increased its visa processing capacity, and has resumed processing paper-based residence visa applications.

More information at Immigration NZ (external link)

Returning to New Zealand

The New Zealand borders are closed for all but critical travel — protecting public health in New Zealand is paramount.

New Zealand citizens and residents

If you're a New Zealand citizen or resident you may return to New Zealand. You do not need approval from Immigration New Zealand before travelling.

See more information about arriving back in New Zealand

Limited exceptions

If you're not a New Zealand citizen or resident you need to get approval from Immigration NZ before travelling to New Zealand. Travel exceptions can include:

  • Partners, dependent children, aged 24 years and under, and legal guardians of New Zealand citizens and residents who are travelling with their New Zealand family member
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand
  • People with one of the following critical purposes in New Zealand:
    • essential health workers
    • other essential workers who the New Zealand Government has agreed to
    • Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel
    • New Zealand-based partners and dependent children, aged 19 years and under, of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand
    • critical humanitarian travel.

All other travel to New Zealand by people who hold an NZeTA or current work, student, visitor, limited, or transit visa is not allowed.

Other visa changes

The Government has postponed:

  • selections for expressions of interest (EOI) in the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and the Parent Category
  • ballot registrations for the Samoan Quota (SQ) and Pacific Access Category (PAC)
  • 19 capped Working Holiday schemes due to open in the next 6 months.

This is a temporary measure. Immigration NZ will continue to reassess and determine when these programmes can resume.

More information at Immigration NZ (external link)

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