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  • The government of New Zealand updated its entry policies for residence class visa holders


The government of New Zealand will allow unvaccinated residence class visa holders to enter the country beginning May 6, 2022. Residence class visa holders include those holding permanent residence, residence visas, and Australian citizens permitted to live in New Zealand. This will allow New Zealand permanent residents and Australian citizens who ordinarily reside in New Zealand to enter the country regardless of their vaccination status.

Beginning May 13, 2022, unvaccinated New Zealand residence class visa holders will be permitted to enter the country without being required to complete a Traveler Declaration online form.

What are the Changes?

Beginning May 6, 2022, the government of New Zealand will allow unvaccinated residence visa class holders to enter the country, despite COVID-19 entry restrictions applicable to others. Unvaccinated residence class holders have been prohibited from entering New Zealand since November 2021.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: United Against COVID-19, New Zealand

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