Border changes to help reunite New Zealanders with their loved ones
Published: 10 September 2020
The Government is making changes to current border exception rules to allow some partners of New Zealand citizens and residents to be able to reunite in New Zealand.
Many people living overseas, who are partners of New Zealand citizens and residents, are not covered by the current travel exceptions. For example, Australians can normally enter and live in New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. Partners from 61 visa waiver countries would need a visa to live here but could visit without having to hold a visa.
Under changes being introduced from early October, Australian citizens or citizens of visa waiver countries living outside New Zealand, but who are partners of New Zealand citizens and residents, may be granted an exception to travel to New Zealand.
They will be required to submit a border exception request and demonstrate that they are in a genuine and stable relationship.
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