Helping families reunite and supporting economic recovery with border exceptions

Published: 12 June 2020

Today the Government is taking the next steps to safely help reunite New Zealand families, and support economic recovery without increasing the risk of COVID-19, say Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Key changes include:

  • Removing the need for partners and dependants of NZ citizens and residents to travel together to return home when they have a relationship-based visa or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand
  • Allowing entry of maritime vessels where there is a compelling need
  • Allowing entry for diplomats taking up new posts
  • Introducing short term and long term criteria for Other Essential Workers requests

Read the media release on the Beehive website.(external link)

Last updated: 01 July 2020