New Zealand

Immigration News

After closing its border to tourists and migrants for two years, New Zealand is reopening its borders in 2022:

  • Travelers who already have a valid visa and tourists from from visa waiver countries can travel to New Zealand again. A frequently updated overview of who can travel to New Zealand.
  • Vaccinated travelers arriving under the Accredited Employer Work Visa category can apply to enter New Zealand from 4 July 2022. 
  • All tourists and visa holders can travel to New Zealand from 31 July onwards.
  • Border Exceptions will be phased out.

Travellers will still need to meet all health requirements to enter New Zealand, including vaccination requirements and providing proof of a negative pre-departure test. Pre-departure testing requirements currently apply until 31 July 2022.

Visa processing

  • The Working Holiday Programme has reopened for applicants from visa waiver countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, UK, etc.) on March 14. Programmes for other nationalities will reopen between March and September 2022.
  • Applications for Accredited Employer Work Visas from anywhere in the world are possible from 4 July onwards.
  • All other visa categories — including those on visitor and student visas can apply to enter New Zealand from anywhere in the world from 31 July 2022. 
  • From September 2022: Streamlined pathways to residence will be introduced for migrants in green list occupations or paid twice the median wage
  • From December 2022: Most partners of temporary migrant workers will need to qualify for an Accredited Employer Work Visa in their own right, instead of automatically getting an open work visa
  • Further decisions are to be made on immigration settings for the Skilled Migrant Category residence pathway and investor visas.
  • During 2023, a new requirement will come into effect, with all employers needing to be accredited to employ any migrant, including those with open work rights