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COVID-19: Travel and visas

Information about changes to travel, visas and borders for businesses affected by COVID-19.

New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Businesses can open but must operate safely.

New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Businesses can open but must operate safely.

Play it safe, continue to do everything you can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For more information about operating at Alert Level 2, check out the business.govt.nz page for Workplace operations at Alert Level 2.

Travel and borders

Government has further strengthened travel restrictions, closing borders to almost all travellers from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).

Immigration New Zealand has information about visas, isolation and temporary border measures for all travellers, student visa holders, migrant workers and employers.

COVID-19 (external link) — Immigration New Zealand

There are no restrictions on travel throughout New Zealand, including recreation and tourism. The Ministry of Transport has guidance to help you travel safely.

COVID-19 transport information (external link)  — Ministry of Transport

If you're a New Zealander living and traveling abroad, SafeTravel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has information to assist.

COVID-19 (external link) — SafeTravel (MFAT)

Changes to visa conditions

People with work visas had their visa automatically extended to 25 September if:

  • their visa had an expiry up to 9 July 2020
  • and they were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020.

Government has changed some temporary visa conditions to support certain sectors in essential services, particularly the healthcare sector and supermarkets.

More information about visas and other information that might affect businesses is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

COVID-19 (external link) — Immigration New Zealand

Travel and event plans

If your travel or event plans are affected by COVID-19, Consumer Protection has guidance about travel insurance, cancellations and accommodation.

COVID-19 (external link) — Consumer Protection

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