Information about COVID-19 Short-term Visitor Visa

A short-term visitor visa available to individuals who are genuinely unable to depart New Zealand due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

2 months


You can

  • Remain lawful while making arrangements to depart New Zealand.
  • Study in New Zealand for the 2 months.

Things to note

  • You must be in New Zealand to apply for this visa and be genuinely unable to depart New Zealand due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • You cannot work on this visa.
  • You cannot travel out of New Zealand and return on this visa.
  • You must apply online for this visa.
Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

When you apply online, you must provide your passport details. 

Enter your identity details carefully, ensuring information is exactly as recorded on your passport.

Genuine intentions

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we decide if your intentions are genuine (bona fide), we consider all the information:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances, and
  • you provided in any previous applications.

Genuinely unable to depart New Zealand

You will need to show that you are genuinely unable to depart New Zealand

Evidence can include:

  • your home has closed its border to returnees
  • attempts to book travel out of New Zealand
  • a departure date from New Zealand, if your booked travel date is after your visa expiry, or
  • attempts to contact your High Commission, Embassy or Consulate.

You will need to provide up-to-date evidence you can not depart New Zealand each time you apply.

Location

You must be already in New Zealand

We will use our records to check you are still here.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.

Work

You cannot work in New Zealand on this visa.

Study

You may study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period.

School-aged children can study for up to 3 months in any calendar year. Children studying for more than 2 weeks must attend a school that is signatory to the ‘Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students’.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students