As you may be aware, New Zealand’s borders opened to all international visitors on Monday, August 1, 2022. Notably, this is the first time this has happened since the COVID-19 pandemic ended in March 2020.
With the reopening of borders, the country is now started accepting new applications for student and visitor visas. This is the last step in New Zealand’s plan to re-establish connections with the rest of the world.
New Zealand Resumes Visa Processing
In February, the island country reopened its borders to its citizens, and in May, tourists from more than 50 countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, returned.
However, with the reopening of borders, visa processing has fully resumed, and travellers from all over the world can now apply for the New Zealand Visa.
However, applicants must still comply with New Zealand’s health border requirements, which include being fully vaccinated and completing a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.
With the reopening of borders, international students and tourists, including those from non-visa waiver countries, will be able to enter New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called it a “enormous moment,” but added that it was a “staged and cautious process.”
“We continue to manage a very live global pandemic alongside the rest of the world, while keeping our people safe,” Ardern said at the China Business Summit in Auckland. “However, keeping people safe affects their income and well-being.”
It is also worth noting that New Zealand’s maritime border is now open, allowing eligible travellers to enter the country by sea. Visa waiver travellers, as well as holders of work, working holiday, visitor, and student visas, can leave and return to New Zealand if their visa conditions allow it.
Applicants travelling from a visa-free country must also obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).
NZeTA – New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority
Some visitors and transit passengers can travel to New Zealand without a visa if they get an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they travel.
Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa — if you are travelling on a passport from a visa waiver country, a cruise ship passenger or a permanent resident of Australia.