COVID-19 Short-term Visitor Visa

Apply for this visa if you are unable to leave New Zealand because of COVID-19.

Length of stay

2 months

Cost
From
NZD $211
With this visa 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.
  • From 17 June 2024: English language translations must be provided for any documents not in English.
    Providing English translations of supporting documents

What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

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

Tips

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

When you apply online, you must answer questions about your character.  After you apply online, we may ask you to provide Police Certificates as proof of your good character.

Good character

Who needs to provide police certificates

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.

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.
Tips

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

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

Process and costs

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.

Notes

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How to submit

Payment methods and receiving centre details if applicable.

Notes

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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.

Notes

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.

Notes

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 Pastoral Care for International Students’.

Code of Pastoral Care for International Students

Travel

You can not travel in and out of New Zealand with this visa.