Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Most non-New Zealand citizens are required to be fully vaccinated before travelling to New Zealand.
  • Negative COVID-19 test results are required for most travellers to New Zealand.
  • Managed Isolation Allocation system vouchers confirming a place in a managed isolation facility are required before boarding a flight.
  • Border rules can change quickly. Travellers must prepare for disruption to their plans.

Immigration New Zealand under COVID-19 restrictions

As alert levels drop, some staff will be in most of Immigration New Zealand’s offices receiving and processing priority temporary visa application categories. Please expect some delays.

Panel Physicians may also be operating with some restrictions, expect delays in gaining Immigration Medicals. Panel Clinics in regions operating under Alert Level Three, Step Two can continue Immigration Medical Examinations as long as public health and safety guidelines are followed.

We are redirecting mail to offices outside the Auckland region to ensure applications can be lodged.

Most of our staff continue to work remotely and are focusing on processing online applications. We strongly encourage applicants to use online channels where available.

If Immigration New Zealand asks for more information, scan the required documents and email them to your Immigration Officer.

Visa processing under COVID-19 restrictions

If you are unable to leave New Zealand

You are a New Zealand employer

Information for New Zealand employers on employing migrants.

You want to enter New Zealand

What to do if you believe you can cross the New Zealand border. The border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

You are in New Zealand

Information for all travellers, student visa holders, and work visa holders currently in New Zealand.

For more information about the NZ Government's COVID-19 response.

On arrival in New Zealand 14 days of managed isolation is mandatory.