After 11.59 pm on 31 July, the final steps of Immigration New Zealand’s Reconnecting Strategy will be reached.
- those outside New Zealand will be able to apply for student and visitor visas, and
- the border will be reopened to travelers arriving by air and sea.
In this article, we provide you with a summary of the changes and in particular, to the following areas:
- Visitors to New Zealand
- Students in New Zealand
- Maritime border
- Phasing out border restrictions
- 2021 Resident Visa closing
- COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand
Every non-New Zealand or Australian citizen travelling to New Zealand needs a visa or New Zealand Electronic Authority (NZeTA) to enter the country.
From 11.59pm on 31 July (NZST), applications for Visitor Visas will reopen.
Group visitor visa fees will increase:
- Approved Destination Status (China) will be NZD $90 per person (previously NZD $45)
- Other group visitor visa will be NZD $110 per person (previously NZD $65)
With an NZeTA you can travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa if you are:
- a cruise ship passenger,
- travelling on a passport from a visa waiver country, or
- a permanent resident of Australia.
Student visa applications reopen from 11:59pm 31 July 2022 (NZST) to support the rebuilding of a high-value international education sector.
From 11.59pm on 31 July 2022, Immigration fees and levies for student visas will increase.
The new costs for a student visa will be:
- $375 for Band A (New Zealand)
- $315 for Band B (Pacific)
- $395 for Band C (rest of world)
The amount students need for living costs while in New Zealand will also increase to:
- NZD $20,000 a year for tertiary, English language students and other non-compulsory education
- NZD $17,000 a year for students in compulsory education (years 1-13 at a school)
- NZD $5,000 for applicants for post-study work visa.
Applications online should be made between one and three months before intending to travel.
The maritime border will reopen to foreign-flagged vessels at 11.59pm on 31 July 2022 (NZST).
Travellers on cruise ships must apply for an NZeTA.
Phasing out border exceptions
Most border exceptions will close at 11:59pm on 31 July (NZST).
The full timeline for INZ’s transition back to standard visa processing was announced earlier this month.
Click through to our article for further information – click here
2021 Resident Visa category closing
The Government created the 2021 Resident Visa to recognise the contribution migrants made during COVID-19.
Among those eligible to apply are critical workers in longer-term roles who:
- held a visa as a critical health worker or other critical worker on 29 September 2021, or
- were granted a visa as a critical health worker or other critical worker after 29 September 2021.
The 2021 Resident Visa category closes at 11:59 pm on 31 July 2022 (NZST).
COVID-19 restrictions still apply when travelling to New Zealand. Check the New Zealand COVID-19 website for up-to-date details on entry requirements.
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