Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand

Published: 22 February 2021

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here.

The Government recognises that some visitor visa holders are keen to stay in New Zealand longer while the COVID-19 pandemic is still attacking communities in their home countries. The Government has also listened to New Zealand’s business sector, including tourism ventures, which say foreign visitors who are still here can help our local economies.

Where people are here on visitor visas which expire on or before 31 March 2021, the Government will allow their visitor visas to be automatically extended by two months.

The automatic extension will apply to around 12,500 visa holders.

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Last updated: 22 February 2021