New Zealand has implemented the travel restrictions and borders are closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, yet there are certain exemptions given on who can travel to NZ or request to enter.
You are allowed to travel to NZ without requesting to travel under the below circumstances:
If you are,
Australian citizens and permanent residents who ordinarily reside in NZ can travel to the country, but please note that acceptable evidence is required at airport check-in.
This evidence may include but is not limited to:
In case of any doubt whether your circumstances fall within the definition of ordinarily resident, you should lodge a request for assessment prior to your intended departure. There is no charge for this request. Other Australians who are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand may still be able to come to New Zealand under another category.
Anyone apart from the above mentioned categories planning to travel to NZ must be coming for a critical purpose and they must request the approval from NZ authority first. Travel must be for a reason that the authority considers critical and is on the critical purpose list.
How to request to travel
If you meet the criteria of critical travel, you must submit an expression of interest using the online request form. If you are traveling to NZ as an ‘other critical worker’, then your employer must do the same for you.
If NZ authority is convinced that you have a critical purpose, you will be invited to apply in one of the below mentioned categories:
In the request for travel, please provide the following information:
Once you submit your request
Authority responds to your requests within 2 working days. However, it may take longer depending on the volume and complexity of requests. Requests from employers and agents for approval in principle to bring other critical workers generally take 2 weeks.
If the authority agrees you have a critical purpose to travel, they will send you a link to the form you need to use to apply for a visa or variation of conditions.
You may need to pay a fee
From 10 August 2020, most applicants are charged a fee to apply for a Critical Purpose Visitor Visa or Critical Purpose Variation of Conditions. The fee you have to pay may change depending on your country of citizenship and where you are now.
The fee for a Critical Purpose Variation of Conditions is NZD $190.
Managed isolation and quarantine
Travelers to New Zealand from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory.
You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight.
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