Update & Current status

Update & Current status

Last updated 17 June 2022  (We will continue to update this page with new information)

Current Status:

NZLC Auckland – Normal operation.

NZLC Wellington – Temporarily closed.

New Zealand Alert Level – All regions of the country moved to the “Orange” setting from 11.59pm on 13 April 2022.

Pre-departure test: https://covid19.govt.nz/international-travel/travel-to-new-zealand/pre-departure-tests-to-enter-new-zealand/

Travellers whose first international flight to New Zealand departs after 11:59pm (NZT) 20 June 2022 do not need pre-departure tests. This applies to people entering New Zealand from anywhere in the world.

If your flight to New Zealand departs before 11:59pm (NZT) 20 June 2022, you still need to meet pre-departure testing requirements.

Most travellers still need to be vaccinated, and take 2 rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arriving in New Zealand.

Orange Traffic Light Setting:

All of New Zealand is now at the Orange setting:

  • At Orange, you can continue to do everyday activities, but we need to protect our vulnerable communities.
  • You must wear a face mask in many indoor locations. You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors.
  • You can visit cafes and bars, attend gatherings and events, and go to the hairdresser and gym. There are no capacity limits or distancing requirements at venues.
  • Workplaces and schools can open.
  • To protect yourself, your whānau and your community, keep up healthy habits.

NZLC Classroom setup and physical distancing:

  • For the meantime we will continue to maintain distancing in classrooms
  • We also advise continuing to wear a mask on campus for your safety and the safety of others

Refer to www.covid19.govt.nz for the latest government update on the traffic light system.

• New Zealand Border – On Thursday 3 February 2022, the NZ government announced the 5-stage border reopening strategy:

1. 11.59pm 27 February: Self-isolation opens for New Zealanders and eligible travellers from Australia.

2. 11.59pm 4 March: Open to New Zealanders and eligible travellers from the rest of the world; skilled workers earning at least 1.5x media wage.

2.1. 11.59pm 13 March: Immigration NZ is reopening working holiday visas gradually between 13 March and 13 September.

3. 11.59pm 12 April: Offshore temporary visa holders who still meet visa requirements; 5,000 international students; consideration of further class exemptions for critical work forces that do not meet the 1.5x median wage test.

3.1. 11.59pm 1 May: Open to all fully vaccinated tourists from visa waiver countries and valid visitor visa holders will be able to enter the country without self-isolating.

4. From 11.59pm 31 July 2022: New Zealand border will fully reopen to all countries, including student visa application for offshore students.

5. By July: A new Accredited Employer Work Visa opens and skilled worker exemption is phased out.

You can read more about the 5 stages on the NZ government’s official covid19 website.

Please refer to the following website for full details and updates from New Zealand Immigration: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

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