New Zealand’s International Border Reopening Plan

International Border Reopening Plan

On 3 February 2022, New Zealand revealed a 5-step plan for the reopening of their international border. This is long awaited news for New Zealand residents stuck in Australia, family and friends overseas and skilled workers and migrants. There were additional announcements made on 16 February 2022 to amend the International Border Reopening Plan which have been included in the below infographic.

  • Phase 1

    From 27 February, 11:59pm – Fully vaccinated NZ Citizens and travellers from Australia can enter NZ – must self-isolate upon arrival

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    Phase 1

    From 27 February, 11:59pm - Fully vaccinated NZ Citizens and travellers from Australia can enter NZ - must self-isolate upon arrival

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  • Phase 2A

    From 4 March, 11:59pm

    • Border opened to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers
    • No self-isolation requirements if you are eligible to enter and you meet health requirements
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    Phase 2A

    From 4 March, 11:59pm

    • Border opened to New Zealanders and other eligible travellers
    • No self-isolation requirements if you are eligible to enter and you meet health requirements

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  • Phase 2

    From 13 March, 11:59pm

    • Can apply for a Working Holding Visa to travel to New Zealand
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    Phase 2

    From 13 March, 11:59pm

    • Can apply for a Working Holding Visa to travel to New Zealand

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  • Phase 3

    From 12 April, 11:59pm

    • Temporary visa holders outside NZ who have a valid visa can enter NZ
    • 5000 international students can enter NZ
    • Australian citizens and permanent residents arriving from anywhere in the world
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    Phase 3

    From 12 April, 11:59pm

    • Temporary visa holders outside NZ who have a valid visa can enter NZ
    • 5000 international students can enter NZ
    • Australian citizens and permanent residents arriving from anywhere in the world

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  • Phase 3B

    From 1 May, 11:59pm

    • Border opens to visa-waiver travellers
    • Border opens to existing holders of valid visitor visas
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    Phase 3B

    From 1 May, 11:59pm

    • Border opens to visa-waiver travellers
    • Border opens to existing holders of valid visitor visas

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  • Phase 4

    From July 2022

    • NZ borders will open to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and other Foreign Nationals travelling from Australia
    • Visitors from visa-waiver countries
    • Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Holders
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    Phase 4

    From July 2022

    • NZ borders will open to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and other Foreign Nationals travelling from Australia
    • Visitors from visa-waiver countries
    • Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) Holders

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  • Phase 5

    From October 2022

    • Border opens for all other NZ visa holders including visitor and student visas
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    Phase 5

    From October 2022

    • Border opens for all other NZ visa holders including visitor and student visas

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Further Announcements regarding Phase 3 and Phase 3B of the New Zealand International Border Reopening Plan

On 8 April 2022, New Zealand Immigration provided further information as to the Phase 3 and Phase 3B of the New Zealand International Border Reopening Plan.

From 12 April 2022, Phase 3 of the New Zealand International Border Reopening Plan, the following groups can enter New Zealand without a border exception:

  • Work Visa Holders
    • Work visa holders outside New Zealand
    • Work visa holders in New Zealand may also leave and return
  • Dependents of Workers
    • Dependents of Work Visa Holders with valid student visas who are both in New Zealand may leave and return.
  • Australians
    • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents can enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world.
  • Student Visa Holders
    • Student visa holders currently outside of New Zealand
    • Student visa holders in New Zealand may leave and return
    • Border exception for 5000 new and returning international students

From 1 May 2022, the following visa groups can travel to New Zealand without a border exception:

  • Dependent of Workers
    • Dependents of work visa holders who hold a valid visitor visa
  • Visitor Visa Holders
    • Visitor visa holders with valid travel conditions can enter New Zealand from any country
    • This includes people in New Zealand who wish to leave and return
  • Visa Waiver Travelers
    • All travellers who can usually travel to New Zealand without a visa (visa wavier) can enter New Zealand if they have a valid New Zealand electronic Travel Authority

Further Information

The Government’s five-step plan to reopen New Zealand’s borders this year will allow more families to reunite, sectors and employers to access more skilled workers from offshore, business travel and international events to resume, and more international students to return to New Zealand.

Vaccination, COVID-19 testing and isolation requirements will continue.

Managed Isolation & Quarantine (MIQ) requirements will remain for the unvaccinated. MIQ requirements for other travellers will be lifted in the following steps.

Mohamed Anas Sirajur Raheem

BA (Political Studies), LLB (VUW)

Mohamed is a New Zealand Immigration Consultant with VisaEnvoy and an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

He is a former New Zealand Immigration Officer (Visa Services) and Border Officer at Auckland International Airport. He has several years of experience working in various Government Departments in New Zealand and has also worked as a Licensed Immigration Adviser at a prominent New Zealand Immigration firm.

His areas of expertise and interest are in the fields of General Skilled Migration, Temporary Work (Long and Short Stay), Business visas, Partner, Parent and Child Visa streams.

Mohamed was inspired to pursue a career in immigration by his own migration experiences. Over the years he has assisted individuals, families, large corporations, Professional sportspeople, and Entertainers (singers, speakers, and actors) to come to New Zealand.

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