Resettlement for Afghan nationals in New Zealand

Applications for resettlement if you are an Afghan national are now closed


13 October 2021

Current situation

The evacuation operation has now come to an end and Afghan nationals with a valid visa will need to rely on commercial flights to be able to travel to New Zealand.

Your visa conditions will remain the same.

If you already hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand

If you already hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand and have questions about your visa status, you can contact the Immigration Contact Centre on +64 9 914 4100

If you were in Afghanistan on 15 August 2021 and held a valid temporary or resident visa on 19 August 2021 and continue to hold that visa you are exempt from border restrictions and may travel to New Zealand.

People who hold a partnership based visa or a critical purpose visitor visa can already travel to New Zealand as they are exempt under current border restrictions.

Applications for resettlement are now closed

Applications for resettlement if you are an Afghan national are now closed.

Afghan nationals who helped the NZDF or other New Zealand Government agencies in Afghanistan, and their immediate family (partner and dependent children), were able to apply for resettlement in New Zealand.

Applications received before 11.59pm 25 August 2021 (New Zealand Time) will continue to be processed. 

Other support

While the current evacuation operation has drawn to an end, our efforts to help those who have helped us do not end here.

The New Zealand Government will consider how to best assist and support Afghan nationals in other ways.

The government continue to work with the utmost urgency with our close partners to assist New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families in Afghanistan, to return to New Zealand.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will remain in close contact with those who have registered with them on the ground in Afghanistan and we encourage those people to register their details.  

Information about visas and entry into New Zealand


As at 11 October 2021, 408 people have arrived in New Zealand from Afghanistan. The table provides a breakdown of what visas people hold. 

Visa type Amount of people
Emergency visitor visas 286
All Other temporary visas 36
New Zealand citizen 55
New Zealand Resident Visa 36
New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa 22
Total 435

The Government has been working to identify the settlement needs of these individuals. Temporary housing has been arranged for all evacuees who do not already have homes to go to within the community, and the evacuees will continue to receive support there.